Volunteer Program Highlights

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 that have helped connect the site and its stories with visitors. Some of these projects include being a docent, researching daily life at Manzanar, clearing brush around historic features, excavating and stabilizing historic Japanese style gardens, watering historic fruit trees, and much more.

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


2016 National George and Helen Hartzog Enduring Service Award Recipients: Saburo and Ann Sasaki

Each spring since 2005, Saburo and Ann Sasaki have volunteered 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 and has completed dozens of projects for our library and photographic collections. In addition to the 3,000 plus hours they have donated at the site, they both also present outreach programs around the country.
The year 2016 bridged 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 was no more fitting time to recognize these exceptional volunteers whose lives bridge these two contrasting milestones in US 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: 2018

Last updated: April 20, 2018

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