Historical Society to hear Manzanar presentation Feb. 20

Historical Society to hear Manzanar presentation Feb. 20The February meeting of the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Historic USO Building, 230 W. Ridgecrest Blvd.

The speaker will be Alisa Lynch, chief of interpretation at the Manzanar National Historic Site, presenting “Manzanar: One Camp, Ten Thousand Lives; One Camp, Ten Thousand Stories.”

The Manzanar National Historic Site, located about 90 miles north of Ridgecrest, preserves Manzanar’s cultural and natural resources and interprets the forced removal and incarceration of more than 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese and Japanese-American ancestry during World War II.

Over the past two decades, the National Park Service has worked closely with former incarcerees, War Relocation Authority staff, military police and their families, as well as Tribal elders and other local residents, to interpret Manzanar’s complex, controversial, and highly emotional history.

Lynch has worked for the National Park Service for nearly 29 years, including earlier assignments at Yosemite, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Big Bend in Texas, and Mount Rainier in the state of Washington.

She has served as chief of interpretation at Manzanar since 2002, overseeing the site’s efforts in visitor services, ranger programs, outreach, education and oral history.

Lynch has been a leader in the National Park Service’s efforts to interpret Japanese American history and has worked on related projects at Pearl Harbor, Bainbridge Island, Washington; Minidoka, Idaho; Tule Lake, California; and Alcatraz Island, Calif.

The meeting is free, and all are welcome to attend. For more information on this or future meetings, call HSUMD at 760-375-8456.

Manzanar War Relocation Center, 1943

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Story First Published: 2018-02-09