Volunteers Invited To Join Public Archeology Projects At Manzanar, March 24-29 and May 26-30, 2017

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Manzanar National Historic Site’s award-winning public archeology program provides exceptional opportunities to learn about the past and help preserve the site and its stories for the future. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and the 25th anniversary of Manzanar National Historic Site. In recognition of these significant milestones, Manzanar is hosting two public archeology projects, March 24 to 29 and May 26 to 30.

Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to assist the National Park Service in uncovering and stabilizing Manzanar’s historic administration and staff housing area. Participants will learn about both the common and contrasting experiences of camp staff and incarcerees as well as the differences between Japanese landscaping aesthetics and “western” military-style landscaping.

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Manzanar National Historic Site Hosts Record 105,308 Visitors In 2016

The following is a press release from the National Park Service.


Ranger Mark Hachtmann presents a program on the Block 14 women’s latrine slab, May 2016.
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Photo: National Park Service

INDEPENDENCE, CA — 105,308 people from throughout the United States and around the world visited Manzanar National Historic Site in 2016, topping the previous year’s record of 95,327. From near and far, youth and elders, first-time visitors and Japanese Americans who had been incarcerated, all had a variety of opportunities to connect to the site, its stories, and each other. Manzanar has seen continuing increases in visitation including 9.5 percent in 2016 and 18.6 percent in 2015.

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48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, 2017 Manzanar At Dusk Set for April 29

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Photo: David Fujioka and Vicky Perez/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — Never Again To Anyone, Anywhere! 75th Commemoration of Executive Order 9066 is the theme for the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

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Oral History Of Pastor, Activist, Rev. Paul T. Nakamura Released – VIDEO

Rev. Paul T. Nakamura
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Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

During the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 25, 2015, we honored the Reverend Paul T. Nakamura, pastor of Lutheran Oriental Church in Torrance, California as the recipient of the 2015 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award was named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was also one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Rev. Paul, as he is known to his parishioners and just about everyone else who knows him, is a seminal figure in the Southern California Japanese American community, most notably for his involvement with the Manzanar Committee and the Manzanar Pilgrimage since its earliest days. He was also involved with the struggle for redress and reparations for the survivors of the World War II American concentration camps in which over 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated, also from its earliest days.

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