In 1942 the U.S. Army leased 6,200 acres at Manzanar from Los Angeles to establish a center to hold Japanese Americans during World War II. Though some valley residents opposed the construction of the internment camp, others helped build it and worked here. Among these were a few Owens Valley Paiute whose own families had been exiled earlier from these lands. We are strongly committed to preserving the legacy of individuals that endured incarceration.
The intern will learn or build skills related to public history through efforts to plan, design, and develop exhibits and written brochures and preserve stories in multiple electronic and printed formats. The site is rich in a layered history beginning with indigenous people, early pioneers, and ending with the incarceration of Japanese Americans. The one square mile site is an area where forced removal and forcible relocation are woven together providing an intern with in-depth experience of these related stories of social injustice.