Manzanar seeks volunteers

Manzanar seeks volunteersManzanar National Historic Site invites volunteers to join a public archeology project March 12-16 and March 19-23.

“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,” said a spokesperson. Volunteers will assist in uncovering and stabilizing Manzanar’s historic Children’s Village.

The Children’s Village was home to 101 children and the only orphanage in all the 10 camps where the U.S. government incarcerated more than 120,000 Japanese Americans. These children were nurtured by a dedicated Japanese-American staff and others, becoming a unique wartime family.

Volunteer positions are available to anyone age 15 and older who is physically able to work outdoors and participate in moderately strenuous activity. Archeological experience is helpful, but not necessary.

The work will be conducted outdoors, regardless of weather. Volunteers will meet at 7:30 a.m. The work will be conducted until 3:30 p.m. daily, including the weekend. Bring water, lunch, snacks and work gloves and be sure to wear sunscreen, a hat and sturdy boots. Advance sign-up is required.

For more information and/or to sign up, please email

Pictures: Manzanar’s famous memorial against the Sierra. — Ansel Adams photo

Story First Published: 2020-02-28