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.

Press Release: GULAG exhibit in Independence, California

The National Park Service, in a unique partnership with the Gulag Museum at Perm-36, Russia, the International Memorial Society, and Amnesty International USA, is presenting the first exhibition in the United States on the Soviet Gulag.

As a part of the National Park Service commitment to civic engagement at Manzanar National Historic Site and other sites, GULAG:Soviet Forced Labor Camps and the Struggle for Freedom opened on Ellis Island in May, 2006, and will travel to National Park Service venues around the country including Boston, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Independence, California.

The exhibit traces the history of the Soviet Union’s forced labor camp system and its impact on Russia and the world today.

The vast network of labor camps both repressed political opposition and provided labor to fuel the Soviet Union’s economic engine.

Highlighted in the exhibit is the history of one camp in Russia’s Ural Mountains, Perm-36. Russians committed to preserving the memory of the Gulag have transformed the labor camp into a historic site and museum.

GULAG was the acronym for the Soviet bureaucratic institution Glavnoe Upravlenie ispravitel’no-trudovykh Lagerie (Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps).

This branch of the secret police oversaw the Soviet forced labor camp and internal exile system. Between the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, some 25 million people were held in the Gulag system.

The combination of endemic violence, extreme climate, hard labor, meager food rations, and unsanitary conditions led to extremely high death rates in the camps.

The GULAG exhibit contains four sections. The first part details the growth of the Gulag under Josef Stalin, describes the prisoners and their supposed “crimes” and depicts a typical day in the life of a Gulag prisoner.

The second section highlights the human rights movement in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s and details how Perm-36 was converted into a high security camp for political prisoners.

The third section examines the legacy of the Gulag in Russia today and focuses on the efforts of the Gulag Museum at Perm-36 to educate young Russians on the history of the Gulag and the totalitarian state.

The final section depicts efforts of Russia’s Gulag Museum and historic sites around the world to explore and give meaning to the difficult chapters of history of their own countries.

The exhibit features archival footage, full-scale recreations of prison camp cells, prisoner artwork, maps, historic photographs, and artifacts depicting daily camp life.

The exhibit enjoyed a successful opening run at Ellis Island in New York where tens of thousands visited the exhibit, and it received significant critical acclaim.

The New York Times (June 7, 2006) called the exhibit “powerful” and declared that “small things tell large truths… in spareness and simplicity”.

The Wall Street Journal (June 27, 2006) wrote that the small artivacts with which the story is told “are strikingly effective” and overall the exhibit has an “affecting, mesmerizing quality” which dramatically engages visitors.

The National Review Online (August 1, 2006) congratulated the exhibit organizers for bringing “the often overlooked horrors (and lessons) of the Gulag to a wider audience”.

Annual Independence Trout Fishing Derby

The Independence Chamber of Commerce invites visitors, friends and families to come and enjoy Father’s Day weekend with Dad.

The trout derby is a “Blind Bogey” event – Sample trout are caught shortly before the event and the secret winning weight is determined.

View the 2006 Derby results.

Lodging and Camping
We invite you to stay in one our local motels. You can bring your RV or tent and camp in one of the many local campgrounds. All of which have pristine creeks nearby.

2006 Trout Derby Sponsors
We hope you will patronize the businesses that sponsor the event:

Gardner’s True Value HardwareMairs’ Market & Deli
Dave’s Auto PartsIndependence Shell
Inyo Masonic Lodge 221F. & A.M.Independence Paiute Tribe
Valley Market & SubwayWailani Natural Pure Water Systems
Wal-Mart, RidgecrestWinnedumah Hotel
Big Pine Bristlecone MotelCourthouse Motel
Hendrix Bait & TacklePaiute Palace Casino
Ray’s Den MotelJoseph’s Bi-Rite Market, L.P.
McGee Creek Pack Station$1.00 Saving Store
Manzanar History AssociationPizza Factory, L.P.
Roger’s Tires 

2006 Trout Derby Contributors

Charmaine NolanRich and Kathy White
Ralph and Flo DoullDon and Kelly Reade
Keith and Jane Bright 

We would like to express a special thanks to the California Department of Fish and Game and the Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery for all the work they do in maintaining the great fishing experience available in the Independence area.

While You Are Here

Visit the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, Eastern California Museum, Manzanar National Historic Site and the Chamber’s Visitor Center in the center of town.

Sign up for the Chamber sponsored Independence Day 4K/10K Run-Walk and other July 4th Celebration activities.

5th Annual Independence Trout Fishing Derby Results

The Independence Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank all visitors, friends and families who came and spent Father’s Day weekend with Dad.

Blind Bogey (Cash Prizes)

Adult Winners:
1st Place:Henry OhPalmdale
2nd Place:John SlaughterIndependence
3rd Place:Stephanie ThomasHuntington Beach
4th Place:Todd Kennedy
Kids Winners:
1st Place:Lucas MandicMoorpark
2nd Place:Elizabeth SlaughterIndependence
3rd Place:Jordan SlaughterIndependence
4th Place:Devin DoullMojave

Largest Fish Winners

ADULT:
7 lbs. 7 oz.
Jennifer SalisburyTrabuco Canyon
Kids:
5 lbs. 3 0z.
Julia SlaughterIndependence

Largest String of 5 Fish

ADULT:
19 lbs. 5 oz.
Alan BarnettVentura
Kids:
25 lbs. 12 oz.
Rayan SteagallLoomis

Special notes:

A Remembrance for Jerry Nolan of Cypress was held during the Derby. Jerry was a founder of the Annual Trout Derby, a great supporter of the event, and never met anyone who was not a friend.

He will be missed by the community of Independence and all the Derby fishing kids and grownups.

Jerry’s wife, Charmaine has been the “poster girl” for past derbies with her giant trout and a smile just as big.

Chad Hastings caught the only Brown Trout. It may have been small, but it was beautiful!

The Friends of the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery made many friends with the hot barbecued buffalo sandwiches and all the trimmings. The Independence Chamber of Commerce appreciates the support given to the Friends.

Thanks to our Business Sponsors
We hope you will continue to patronize the following businesses throughout the year that help sponsor the event:

Gardner’s True Value HardwareMairs’ Market & Deli
Dave’s Auto PartsIndependence Shell
Inyo Masonic Lodge 221F. & A.M.Independence Paiute Tribe
Valley Market & SubwayWailani Natural Pure Water Systems
Wal-Mart, RidgecrestWinnedumah Hotel
Big Pine Bristlecone MotelCourthouse Motel
Hendrix Bait & TacklePaiute Palace Casino
Ray’s Den MotelJoseph’s Bi-Rite Market, L.P.
McGee Creek Pack Station$1.00 Saving Store
Manzanar History AssociationPizza Factory, L.P.
Roger’s Tires 

Thanks to our 2006 Trout Derby Contributors

Charmaine NolanRich and Kathy White
Ralph and Flo DoullDan and Kelly Reade
Keith and Jane Bright 

Thanks to all the volunteers:

Ed and Lisa Mather, Nate Reade and Riannah Lummis for weighing-in fish.
Dan Reade for helping with sponsors, promotion and last minute details.
Lindsey McTevia for providing the weigh-in PA system.
Blue Ribbon Design Team for providing blue ribbons for all the kids.
Phil Ashworth, Arlene Grider and Sharon Clark for coordination and advertising.

Our special appreciation to:

  • Alpers Trout for their unique Trout Caps.
  • Alpine Signs for their great banners.
  • Sierra Scans and Norman Wilder, Jr. for the beautiful photo poster for the Jerry Nolan Remembrance.
  • Marty Strelnek (Western Outdoor News) and the The Inyo Register for their articles and coverage.
  • The Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
  • California Department of Fish and Game
  • The great crew for stocking the fish.