Humbling, incomparable, and gratifying. Those are the three words I will use to describe the past couple of months here at Manzanar NHS. It was humbling because I had the privilege of meeting and working with people whose stories are tied to the Owens Valley. Whether it was a native American family or relatives of former Manzanar incarcerees (or former … Read more
There has been significant progress here at Manzanar for the past couple of weeks. For one, my supervisor and I finally removed the items from the display case where we will eventually put up our exhibit on the Paiute-Shoshone family, the Buttons. Before we took out the items that were previously on display, we worked quite a bit on the … Read more
When I’m not working on projects or my LCW events, I’ll be at the front desk of the Visitor Center. One of the biggest perks (perhaps THE biggest perk) of manning the front desk is interacting with people who share stories of their connections to Manzanar.
The exhibits in the Visitor Center are driven by oral histories, and it seems … Read more
In my previous post, I mentioned that one of my projects was to help create a Garden Walking Tour. Once developed into a brochure or small booklet (still brainstorming there) it will be published and handed out to visitors who would like a bit more guidance on accessing the Japanese gardens that have been uncovered here at Manzanar.
As … Read more
It’s officially been two weeks, more or less, since I started my internship at MNHS, and this place is getting busy! I’m so pleased to say that this past week has been highly productive.
While doing research on the Owens Valley Paiute for the exhibit I’m working on, I made a trip to the Eastern California Museum (ECM), which is … Read more
My name is Rocio Gomez and I graduated last year from California State University San Bernardino with a BA in History with a concentration in Chinese history. While I was still a student I volunteered for a public archaeology project at Manzanar National Historic Site with my school’s History Club. Manzanar is a place that harbors painful memories … Read more