ESIA Celebrates 50th Anniversary as Nonprofit Partner with Inyo National Forest

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 [...]

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 [...]

ESIA Announces Joe Reidhead Author Talk in Annual Authors and Artists Series

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 [...]

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.

The Inyo Register: SnowSchool offered to local students

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.

The Inyo Register: An evening with ESIA at the Authors and Artists Series Winter 2020 Author Talk

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 [...]