43nd Annual Pilgrimage to Manzanar

Annual Manzanar Reception-Independence Chamber of Commerce
On Friday, April 27, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm the Independence Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of the Eastern Californis Museum 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.

Pilgrimage to Manzanar

The annual pilgrimage is held on the last Saturday of April at the Manzanar National Historic Site, in the northwest corner of the former campsite, near the cemetery monument. The entrance for the site is at the Guard House.This year’s program will start at 12:00 noon.

Bus reservations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information or to make a reservation, call (323) 662-5102 or send an e-mail to 43rdpilgrimage@manzanarcommittee.org. Or check their blog at http://blog.manzanarcommittee.org.

For more info visit the Manzanar Committee Web Site.

Manzanar At Dusk
In 1997 the Manzanar At Dusk program was created as a way of engaging young people. Its purpose is to supplement the daytime activities of the Manzanar Pilgrimage by providing a program for sharing, educating and learning from intergenerational group discussion, oral histories, forums and cultural performances.

The MAD program program is scheduled from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium in Lone Pine across from McDonald’s.

Both the daytime program and the Manzanar At Dusk event are free and open to the public.

Overnight Lodging
For a list of overnight accommodations available in Independence click here.

Manzanar National Historic Site
The Manzanar National Historic Site is located north of Los Angeles on Highway 395. It is just 6 miles south of Independence, California.
Manzanar Historic Site Web Page

Eastern California Museum
Be sure to visit the Eastern California Museum in Independence where an extensive exhibit on Manzanar is on permanent display.
For More Museum Information

GULAG EXHIBIT – Comes To Independence, California!

Manzanar National Historic Site and the Eastern California Museum host “GULAG: Soviet Forced Labor Camps and the Struggle for Freedom”.

The exhibit will be on display at the Eastern California Museum in Independence, California. Manzanar Superintendent Tom Leatherman notes, “We are honored to be the only west coast venue for this powerful exhibit.

We are delighted once again to partner with the Eastern California Museum which has worked with us for the past three years to bring this exhibit to Inyo County.”

View more information about the exhibit.

Saturday, February 17, 2007
Exhibit Opening Weekend Reception

From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, the Independence Chamber of Commerce will host a reception at the Eastern California Museum. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and music as they explore the exhibit of labor camp artifacts, case studies, photographs, video footage, and documents. Guest speakers will be from the National Park Service and Inyo County.

Sunday, February 18, 2007
Screening of Two Gulag Themed Films

At 11:00 a.m. A Forgotten Odyssey will be shown at the Manzanar Interpretive Center. This 52 minute documentary exposes the stories of survivors of the forced Soviet annexation of eastern Poland during World War II.

At 1:00 p.m. The Cold Summer of 1953 will be shown at the Manzanar Interpretive Center. This is a 96 minute dramatic film which takes place after Stalin’s death and depicts the efforts of two Gulag survivors to help protect a village from bandits.

February 17, 2007 through April 15, 2007
“Faces of Resistance”

Also displayed at the Manzanar National Historic Site will be “Faces of Resistance” an exhibit of 48 photographs of dissenters in the human rights movement of the 1970’s.

Their peaceful resistance, helped eventually topple the Soviet regime, and expose the abuses of the gulag.

Locations of the Gulag Exhibit Programs
The Eastern California Museum is located at 155 North Grant Street, 3 blocks west of the courthouse, in Independence.

The Museum is open every day except Tuesdays. The Museum’s phone number is (760) 878-0258. Admission is free.

Manzanar National Historic Site is located six miles south of Independence on US Highway 395 and contains exhibits and audiovisual programs related to the World War II internment of Japanese Americans.