Volunteer Days

Volunteers clearing historic road grid
Volunteers clearing historic road grid

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Volunteer Day
Each year Manzanar sets aside a day to engage the community in the preservation of this special site. Staff and community members will work together to improve the site, get to know each other, and have some good, dirty, outdoor fun. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Manzanar will provide water, food, work gloves, and a commemorative bandanna to every participant.
Please contact,


Phone: 760-878-2194
Fax: 760-878-2194

Block 9 dig 2007
Volunteers uncover the Block 9 garden

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Public Archeology Project - (coming spring 2017)
Manzanar's award-winning public archeology program provides exceptional opportunities to learn about the past and help preserve the site and its stories for the future. Volunteers will work alongside NPS staff using archaeological evidence and historic photographs as guides. This year, a number of basements and gardens were excavated. Next year's project dates will be determined as a later time.

Volunteer positions are available to anyone age 15 and over who is physically able to work outdoors in moderately strenuous activities. Volunteers will be digging with shovels and small hand tools, cutting and loading brush, using wheelbarrows, mixing concrete, screening sediments to retrieve artifacts, and taking notes and photographs. Depending on the number of artifacts recovered, volunteers may also assist in cleaning and recording artifacts. Most of the work is physically demanding, but there are usually a variety of tasks each day to suit different interests and energy levels. Previous archeological experience is helpful, but not necessary. All volunteers need is an interest in history and a willingness to get dirty!

The project can accommodate up to 15 volunteers per day. Advance sign-up is required. Please contact Jeff Burton.

Jeff Burton
Cultural Resources Manager
Phone: 760-878-2194 ext. 3305
Fax: 760-878-2949

47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage
47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

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Annual Pilgrimage, April 29, 2017
Since 1969 the Manzanar Committee, a non-profit educational organization, has sponsored an annual pilgrimage to Manzanar. Former incarcerees, their families, friends, and a growing number of young people gather at the Manzanar cemetery to remember, to honor, and to carry the lessons of this experience into the future.
The event takes place on the last Saturday of April each year. It is free and open to the public.

Last updated: June 14, 2017

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Mailing Address:

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

Independence, CA 93526


(760) 878-2194 x3310

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