New Hours for Manzanar Visitor Center
Beginning Sunday, October 18, 2015, the Visitor Center at Manzanar National Historic Site will open at 10 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. People arriving between 9 and 10 a.m. can visit the exhibits in Block 14’s barracks and mess hall, as well as drive or walk the square-mile site to see Japanese rock gardens and other features. A restroom is available at the historic Manzanar cemetery on the west side of the site. As always, the site itself is open from dawn to dusk.
In prior years, Manzanar went to winter hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 1. Current staffing levels have necessitated shorter hours for the Visitor Center, but visitors still have the opportunity to learn about the personal experiences of individuals, families, and communities incarcerated at Manzanar in the nearby barracks. Those exhibits feature extensive photos, documents, and quotes illustrating the challenges and changes people faced at Manzanar. Six audio stations and one video station feature a total of 42 oral history clips.
Exhibits in barracks 1 focus on the early days of Manzanar, when thousands of people arrived to an unfinished camp. Barracks 1 also includes a Block Manager’s office, featuring the papers of Block Manager Chokichi Nakano. Barracks 8 features an “improved” apartment with linoleum and wall board. A second room explores the Loyalty Questionnaire and its profound long-lasting impacts.
Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, California. Admission is free.
For further information, please call (760) 878-2194 ext. 3310, visit our website at www.nps.gov/manz, or explore their page at www.facebook.com/ManzanarNationalHistoricSite.
cover photo by Gary Young
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Eastern California Museum looking at “Tourism in Death Valley”
The Eastern California Museum is pleased to announce their community outreach program for residents and visitors alike continues this week with another evening program at the historic Winnedumah Hotel in Independence this Friday, August 21st.
This weeks 45 minute interpretive program will be “The History and Development of Tourism in Death Valley”. This program takes an in-depth look at all of Death Valley’s hotels from the Furnace Creek Resort to Wildrose Station.
Death Valley is America’s largest National Park outside of Alaska. Its resorts and hotel have long played an important financial and socioeconomic role in tourism dependent Inyo County. The people behind these hotels were visionaries and risk takers of the highest levels. The history of their dreams and determination makes for an incredible one of a kind story. Come hear how some dreams grew beyond their wildest expectations while others joined the ranks of other Death Valley disappointments. The program will be held just off the lobby of the historic Winnedumah and will begin at 7:00 p.m.
This event is free and provided with support from the non-profit Friends of the Eastern California Museum. Additional events are planned for the following weeks and on through September. Upcoming events will include an interpretive tour of Manzanar Historic Site, a program and slide show by noted Owens Valley rock art scholar Courtney Smith and a tour of the mining town of Cerro Gordo, road conditions permitting. Several additional events are planned as well.
For more information you can contact the Museum at email@example.com or call (760) 878-0258.
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