Manzanar National Historic Site News Release For Immediate Release: May 3, 2022 Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association’s (ESIA) edition of Ansel Adams’ Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans was recognized by the Public Lands Alliance as a Publication of the Year for 2022. It is a limited-edition reprint of Ansel Adams’ book, published by U.S. Camera in 1944. He developed the images and text after several visits to Manzanar in 1943 and 1944. “The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association board and staff are honored to join the Manzanar National Historic Staff in accepting this very prestigious award from the Public Lands Alliance,” said ESIA Executive Director Jeff Gabriel. “To reprint Ansel Adams’ book was truly a monumental effort by several key partners,” including CityFiles Press, The [...]
In recognition of the 80th anniversaries of President Franklin D. Roosevelt issuing Executive Order 9066 on February 19, and the opening of Manzanar in late March 1942, the National Park Service is hosting a Day of Remembrance virtual event and an on-site showing of part of photographer Shane Sato’s “Go For Broke Spirit” exhibit. The contemporary—and contemplative—photos feature Japanese American veterans of World War II, wearing military uniforms. The nine larger-than-life portraits are accompanied by short biographies about the men and small candid photos as they looked during World War II. “I want people to remember what they did when they had everything against them,” Sato said. Manzanar Acting Superintendent Brenda Ling reflected, “The haunting images and accompanying essays are emotional and powerful. These veterans served their country with honor [...]
And just like that, summer is here. The mercury hit 100 degrees this week in Bishop, and up high, the snow is melting fast. Whether you’re from close by or cover a lot of ground to get to the Eastside, there’s no better way to experience all our landscapes and ecosystems than by making ourselves at home outdoors. Camping seems really simple: you grab a tent, stoke a fire, and look up at the stars. But being a responsible camper means being prepared and knowledgeable about how our actions affect the landscape, communities, and wildlife around us. So where do we start? The Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership recently put together a list of guidelines for campers, starting with choosing your site. Using established campgrounds—ones equipped with bathrooms, fire rings, [...]
Can we talk about how wonderful spring in the Eastern Sierra is? Down here at the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Associations headquarters in Bishop, birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, and warm temperatures mean t-shirts and flip flops once again. But up high in the mountains, it still feels like winter, with fun skiing conditions and beautiful views. Just because the roads up into the mountains will soon be opening doesn’t mean that we’re in the clear for avalanche danger, though. And these are not just tips for skiers and snowboarders: hikers, snowmobilers, and snowshoers could inadvertently find themselves in avalanche terrain. Even if trail you’re traveling isn’t steep, you may be surrounded by slopes that carry avalanche danger for those beneath them. This week, we partnered with the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center to give you a few tips for spring [...]
ESIA and Friends of the Inyo provide instructors who deliver the Winter Wildlands Alliance's SnowSchool to local fifth grade students in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. The program is divided into sessions, allowing instructors to meet with the students three times over the course of the school year. The Inyo Register published an article about the first in-class session of the program in their January 28th issue. Thank you everyone at The Inyo Register for sharing information on this important program and some facts on snow science as well. Read the article.
A ribbon cutting was held Thursday, January 23rd for ESIA at the Tahoe National Forest Supervisors Office, location of one of our 17 bookstores. In the photo, left to right are two Chamber staff, Kirsten Whitt, ESIA Regional Manager (holding the scissors), and Joe Flannery and Roberta Walker, Tahoe National Forest.
PILGRIMAGE: Preliminary details announced for 51st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and 2020 Manzanar At Dusk; Bus transportation available from Downtown Los Angeles. Read the full press release.