National Park Service invites public to Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 23, 24

Manzanar Enterance Adams

The enterance of Manazanar Internmanet Camp. Photo by Ansel Adams. Source: National Park Service

Manzanar National Historic Site invites the public to participate in a weekend of special activities surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 41st annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. This year visitors will be able to experience music, paintings, speeches, a book signing, and a public reception. All events are free.

On Friday, April 23, the Independence Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Eastern California Museum in Independence.

The museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, a special exhibit “Faces Through Time – Pioneering Women of Inyo County,” and the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life.

Eastern California Museum is located at 155 Grant Street in Independence and open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Manzanar Committee’s 41st annual Pilgrimage begins at noon Saturday at the Manzanar Cemetery. The Pilgrimage features guest speakers including former Heart Mountain internee and draft resister Takashi “Tak” Hoshizaki, as well as an interfaith memorial service and a performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko.

The afternoon program concludes with the traditional interfaith service and Ondo dancing.  Program details are posted on the Manzanar Committee’s website at

The “Manzanar At Dusk” (MAD) program begins at 5:00 p.m. at Lone Pine High School located at 538 South Main Street (Hwy. 395) in Lone Pine. The program will offer participants opportunities to interact with former internees and each other. The MAD program is sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, Lone Pine High School, and Lone Pine Unified School District.

Manzanar History Association will host a book signing by Kimberly and Kaleigh Komatsu, authors of In America’s Shadow. Inspired by hearing stories of Manzanar from their grandparents, the Komatsu sisters’ critically acclaimed book combines poignant text and stunning photos to share this important chapter of American history with future generations. They will sign their book Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Interpretive Center book store.

In addition to the exhibits and award-winning film in the Manzanar Interpretive Center, visitors are invited to enjoy the “Selected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop” art show and sale sponsored by Manzanar History Association through May 16.

The National Park Service has declared April 24th National Junior Ranger Day. “Kids of all ages” can receive a free Junior Ranger Activity Booklet and complete a dozen activities highlighting Manzanar and the Owens Valley to earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate.

With the exception of Friday evening’s reception and Saturday evening’s MAD program, all events will take place at Manzanar National Historic Site located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, nine miles north of Lone Pine; approximately 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

The Manzanar Interpretive Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 pm.

There is no food service at Manzanar. Bring a lunch or snacks, wear a hat and comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

For more information, call (760) 878-2194 or visit Manzanar National Historic Site’s website at