Manzanar Committee Mourns Loss of Former Manzanar NHS Superintendent Frank Hays

Former Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Frank Hays
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Photo: Tom Clayton
Courtesy National Park Service

LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family of former Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Frank Hays, who passed away due to a heart attack on March 3, which was, coincidentally, the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Manzanar NHS.

A 58-year-old native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hays was the Associate Regional Director for Natural and Cultural Resource Stewardship and Science for the Northeast Regional Office of the National Park Service (NPS). He served as the Superintendent of Manzanar NHS from April 2001 to July 2005, overseeing Manzanar NHS’ transition from having virtually no staff and no on-site facilities to a much larger staff and a full-blown Visitor’s Center, which opened in 2004.

After his work at Manzanar NHS, Hays went on to work in Hawai’i as the Pacific Area Director for the Pacific West Region and as Acting Superintendent at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Memorial, which includes the USS Arizona Memorial.

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VIDEO: Educating Our Youth – Manzanar NHS’ Junior Ranger Program

Manzanar National Historic Site Ranger Rose Masters (left) speaks to a class from a local school who are
participating in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program.
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Photo (screen capture): Alisa Lynch/National Park Service

Once again, the Manzanar Committee gets a reminder of why we do the work that we do…

Back on April 19, 2016, eleven days before the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, a teacher from a local school brought her students to the Manzanar National Historic Site where they participated in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program, in which they are taught to Explore, Learn, and Protect!, which is the motto of the program.

From the National Park Service’s web site: “The Junior Ranger motto is recited by children around the country; each taking an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family.”

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National Park Service Invites Comments On Draft Manzanar Brochure

The following is a press release from the Manzanar National Historic Site.

To view/download the draft flyer,
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INDEPENDENCE, CA — Each year, approximately 80,000 people visit Manzanar National Historic Site, and they receive an introductory brochure to enhance their understanding and experience. The National Park Service and key stakeholders developed Manzanar’s current brochure in 2003, but since then, the site has evolved significantly. Park staff have uncovered and stabilized Japanese gardens, restored historic orchards, conducted hundreds of oral history interviews, and developed permanent exhibits in the auditorium, barracks, and mess hall.

This new brochure is intended to be evocative as well as informational, and it illustrates Manzanar’s World War II history through the words of people who lived it.

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Manzanar Cemetery Monument Restored – In Photos

Photo: National Park Service

In recent days, the National Park Service began work on restoring and painting the cemetery monument at Manzanar National Historic Site, and they shared photos of their work, now completed.

The famous white obelisk, the Soul Consoling Tower, is one of the few remaining structures from the Manzanar concentration camp and the cemetery it marks is where the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is held each year on the last Saturday in April.

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