Volunteer Program Highlights and Awards

Nishi Family at Merritt Park
NPS Volunteers and Staff, including the family of Kuichiro Nishi, uncovered Merritt Park in Summer 2008



There have been numerous volunteer projects since 2003 that have helped connect the site and its stories with visitors. Some of these projects include transcribing oral history interviews, creating art as an Artist-in Residence, docents, researching daily life at Manzanar via camp newspapers, writing and editing exhibits and brochures, reconstructing a historic bridge over a historic pond garden, clearing brush around historic features and from the historic road grid, removing non-historic fencing, excavating and stabilizing pond gardens created during the incarceration of Japanese Americans, designing and building a landscape model of Manzanar which includes the upper Sierra Nevada peaks, watering historic fruit trees, and much more.

Saburo and Ann Sasaki
Saburo and Ann Sasaki receiving their award with Park Ranger Volunteer Coordinator Carrie Andresen-Strawn


2016 National George and Helen Hartzog Enduring Service Award Recipients: Saburo and Ann Sasaki
Since 2005, Saburo and Ann Sasaki have volunteered between mid-April and mid-June at Manzanar National Historic Site. Saburo spends most of his time talking with visitors, answering questions, and presenting interpretive and educational programs. Ann staffs the visitor center, assists with Manzanar History Association sales operations, and has completed dozens of major projects for our library, and photographic collections. In addition to the 3,000 plus hours they have donated to the site, they both also present outreach programs around the country.
This year (2016) bridges the celebratory 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the eve of the somber 75th anniversary (2017) of Japanese Americans being removed from their homes and communities. There is no more fitting time to recognize exceptional volunteers whose lives bridge these two contrasting milestones in U.S. history. Through their tireless efforts, Saburo and Ann have connected more people, touched more hearts, and changed more minds and lives than they--or we--will ever know.

Last updated: September 10, 2016

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