Eastern California Museum
Annual Manzanar Reception-Independence
Chamber of Commerce
On Friday, April 29, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm the Independence Chamber of Commerce
invites you to the Manzanar Pilgrimage Reception to meet and greet old and new
supporters of Manzanar at the Eastern California Museum, 155 N. Grant, Independence.
The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served, by the Independence
Chamber of Commerce. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Eastern California Museum.
"1000 words and more...
Photogravures by Edward S. Curtis and photographs by Andrew A. Forbes"
March 19,2011 to February 2012.
Saturday, March 19, 2011 12: to 5:00 p.m.
Reception at the Museum for the opening
of the new exhibit.
The exhibit presents the two men's differing
perspectives on the use of photography to document the changing West. Edward
S. Curtis stated his intent to create a visual and textual document of American
Indians. The Moore Family Trust recently donated 30 Curtis photogravures to
the Eastern California Museum.These classic, formal images will be contrasted
with the work of professional photographer Andrew A. Forbes, who began his photo-documentation
of the settling of the Owens Valley and the valley's Paiute Tribes in 1906.
Photos of camps and dwellings present the viewer with the most striking difference
between the two men's approaches to documenting the culture, and cultural changes
taking place in the West at the time.
Guest curator Richard Stewart provides explanatory
text and the exhibit's interpretive information. Stewart, a member of the Big
Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe, is an artist, poet and exhibit designer.
For more information contact the Museum at 760-878-0258
or by email at email@example.com
Preserving Inyo County's Heritage
in 1928, the Eastern California Museum features exhibits that
reflect the diverse natural and cultural heritage of Inyo County
and the Owens Valley. Unique exhibit topics include the artistry
of local Owens Valley Paiute and Shoshone Indians as demonstrated
through basketry and other crafts, and the story of Manzanar,
the Japanese American World War II Internment Center. The site
of Manzanar also was home to Indians for hundreds of years, and
of the irrigation community developed by George Chaffee in the
The museum also manages two historic homes located
in Independence. The Edward's House was built in 1861 by Thomas Edwards, who was
responsible for laying out the town of Independence in the 1860s. The Commander's
House was built in the late 1880s from lumber recycled from the remains of Camp
Independence, a military outpost established in 1862.
home is one of the few remaining examples of rural Victorian architecture in
included on the museum grounds are Remnants of an Abandoned Landscape - a collection
of historic agricultural and mining implements used by early Inyo County residents,
and equipment used during construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
In addition to exhibits, the Eastern California
Museum offers resources for research including an historic photograph collection,
our Local History Files, transcripts from our Community Oral History Program,
and the Frank Parcher Memorial Library. Research access is available by appointment.
The museum gift shop also offers a wide selection
material regarding Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra.
The Eastern California Museum is operated by
the County of Inyo . There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated.
It is located in Independence three blocks west of US Highway 395 at 155 N.
Grant Street. The Museum is open seven (7) days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM. The
museum can be contacted at 760-878-0258 or 760-878-0364; by mail at PO Box 206,
Independence, CA 93526; and by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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