People help preserve Manzanar National Historic Site and share it's stories in many ways. Some are volunteers or interns, some donate archives and artifacts, more than six hundred people have shared their memories through oral history interviews. Some have contributed through all of the above!

You, too, can play a role in preserving the past for the sake of the present and future by donating financially to Manzanar. Donations are tax deductible to the extent the law allows.

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National Park Service

Donations made to the National Park Service at and for Manzanar National Historic Site directly support the site’s programs and projects. Donations can be made via credit/debit cards, bank accounts, an Amazon account, or through PayPal.

These electronic deposits go directly to Manzanar, eliminating staff time on-site to process—a huge benefit for a small staff. Past donations have funded exhibit research, planning, design, and fabrication, archeological digs including the excavation of the Children’s Village orphanage, Japanese gardens, the administrative area, Block 14, and the hospital, cultural resource stabilization, oral histories, historic orchard preservation, and more. Donate online here. A donation box is also available at our visitor center.

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Eastern Sierra Interpetive Association

Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) is a 501(c)3 Cooperating Association dedicated to educating and inspiring people about Eastern Sierra Public Lands through interpretive products, exhibits, and programs. As one of the most important partnerships of the National Park Service, Cooperating Associations support educational, scientific, historical, and interpretive activities through retail sales, product development, programs, and memberships. Since 2018, ESIA has served as Manzanar’s Cooperating Association All profits from the Manzanar store support Manzanar National Historic Site. Shop or become a member today.

ESIA also has a Philanthropic Partnership Agreement with Manzanar, allowing it to undertake major fundraising efforts on behalf of the site. In 2019, ESIA secured grant funding to reproduce Ansel Adams’ 1944 book Born Free and Equal. In 2020, ESIA was approved for a Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) grant to return a War Relocation Authority (WRA) staff barracks to the site. ESIA is committed to raising matching funds for these and future projects. Donate online here. After choosing to donate once or monthly, select ‘Direct your Donations’ to choose Manzanar National Historic Side Education Fund.

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Friends of Manzanar

Established in 2003, Friends of Manzanar is a volunteer organization comprised of men and women committed to educating others about the World War II experience of Japanese Americans. To date, Friends of Manzanar has supported the reconstruction of Guard Tower No. 8, assisted with mess hall exhibit planning, restored landscaping at the historic west entrance of the auditorium, and contributed to the reconstruction of the Block 14 women’s latrine. Donate online here.

Last updated: May 8, 2020

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Manzanar National Historic Site
P.O. Box 426
5001 Highway 395

Independence , CA 93526


(760)878-2194 x3310
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