Manzanar NHS hosted a series of special events in conjunction with the 37th annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 29. The Manzanar Committeeâs 37th Annual Pilgrimage Ceremony featured guest speakers, music, an interfaith religious service, and a traditional Japanese Ondo community dance.
Pilgrimage weekend events also included: â¢âSelected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshopâ art show and sale. Sponsored by Manzanar History Association, the show featured 93-year old former internee and watercolorist Henry Fukuhara and many other artists. The show runs through May 21. â¢Book signing by author and former internee Carl Nomura. â¢A Pilgrimage eve reception hosted by Friends of the Eastern California Museum and the Independence Chamber of Commerce. â¢The Manzanar At Dusk âMADness!â program which included a musical performance by Grateful Crane Ensemble and discussion program geared to college students and others. â¢Screenings of âMusic Man of Manzanarâ film with guest docents and former internees Arnold and Brian Maeda.
During the day of Pilgrimage, rangers and volunteers presented talks and programs around the site. There were no medical incidents. Seven hundred people of diverse backgrounds, including numerous former internees, attended the Pilgrimage ceremony. More than 2,000 people visited parkâs interpretive center over the weekend; and more than 175,000 have visited since its April 2004 opening. The park staff was assisted by 11 Manzanar volunteers and two Death Valley Rangers.