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 [...]
We’re hiring bookstore sales associates for the 2020 summer season. We are currently seeking enthusiastic and professional sales associates to join our retail team for the 2020 summer season! The ideal candidate has retail experience, exceptional customer service and interpersonal skills, and a passion for the Eastern Sierra. Positions will be available at our visitor center bookstores in Lone Pine, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Mammoth Lakes, and Mono Basin. To apply, email your resumé to .
February 2020 marks the 50-year anniversary for the creation of the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) and its partnership with the Inyo National Forest, which began on February 20, 1970. ESIA is the first independent organization in the United States offering interpretation to operate under a Participating Agreement with the U.S. Forest Service for education purposes. As one of the oldest nonprofits in the region, ESIA was established in 1970 by visionary citizens interested in helping the U.S. Forest Service provide interpretive education relevant to the unique surrounding landscape, sharing with the public the importance of the Sierra public lands. According to archived historic documents written by ESIA’s founder, Rocky Rockwell, “The organizers of ESIA were primarily from the Chalfant Press, here in Bishop.” ESIA began cooperating “with the U.S. [...]
Manzanar to Host Author/Entertainer Kinji Inomata February 22 in Honor of Day or Remembrance & Black History Month
Manzanar National Historic Site is honored to host author/entertainer Kinji Inomata for its 2020 Day of Remembrance program at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 22, 2020. Organizations and communities across the country host Day of Remembrance events to mark the anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. While never specifically mentioning Japanese Americans, the executive order allowed the US Army to forcibly round-up and incarcerate more than 110,000 Japanese Americans—two-thirds of whom were US citizens—in Manzanar and nine similar camps around the United States. Kinji Inomata’s family experience was the exception. Kinji’s talk Taming Prejudice and Defeating Executive Order 9066 will highlight the story of his grandfather Kenji Inomata, the only known Issei (first generation immigrant from Japan) to remain officially free on the [...]
ESIA is hosting the Annual Authors and Artists Series. The first program of the new year will be held in Mammoth Lakes, February 27, 2020 featuring an author talk with Joe Reidhead, author of Half Dome: The History of Yosemite’s Iconic Mountain. Joe Reidhead will discuss the history of Yosemite’s Half Dome, focusing on the intersection of the monolith’s story and the stories of the people drawn to it, tracing this granite mountain’s story through the ages, from 500 million years ago to the present. Half Dome: The History of Yosemite’s Iconic Mountain will be available for purchase onsite. Immediately following the talk Reidhead will be available for autographs. The program is scheduled for February 27, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the U.S. Forest Service Auditorium at the Mammoth Lakes [...]
Volunteers Invited to Join Public Archeology Projects at Manzanar, March 12-16, 2020 & March 19-23, 2020
Manzanar’s award-winning public archeology program provides exceptional opportunities to learn about the past and helps preserve the site and its stories for the future. From March 12-16, 2020 and March 19-23, 2020, volunteers will have the unique opportunity to assist the National Park Service in uncovering and stabilizing Manzanar’s historic Children’s Village area. Read the full press release.
ESIA continues its Authors and Artists series, hosted in partnership with the Inyo National Forest, with our Winter 2020 Author Talk featuring Joe Reidhead, author of Half Dome: The History of Yosemite's Iconic Mountain. On February 27th in Mammoth Lakes, Joe will discuss his book, take questions, and be available to autograph copies as well. The Inyo Register covered our Authors and Artists Series Winter 2020 Author Talk in their January 25th issue. Thanks to everyone at The Inyo Register for sharing this chance to come and learn about the history of this iconic mountain. Read the article.
The Sheet featured an article about the fifth annual Winter Adventure Series, hosted by ESIA and supported by The Town of Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Lakes Recreation, and funding from Measure U, in the January 11th issue . Thanks to everyone at The Sheet for helping us spread the word of this exciting series in Mammoth Lakes, January through February. Read the article on page 9.
ESIA works with the Inyo County Office of Education on their Taking Root program which provides once-a-month outdoor education to third-grade students of Inyo County. The most recent program ESIA delivered was on seed dispersal and this was featured in the December 31st issue of The Inyo Register. Thank you everyone at The Inyo Register for sharing information on this important program and some facts on seed dispersal as well. Read the article.