Record visitation at Manzanar in 2016

NPS press release

More than 105,000 people from throughout the United States and around the world visited Manzanar National Historic Site in 2016, topping the previous year’s record of 95,000. From near and far, youth and elders, first-time visitors and Japanese Americans who had been incarcerated, all had a variety of opportunities to connect to the site, its stories, and each other. Manzanar has seen continuing increases in visitation including 11% in 2016 and 23% in 2015.

Photo captions (credit NPS/Manzanar): Arthur Ogami and his son Gene visit the Block 14 women’s latrine, built on the original slab, Dec. 2016

“Our mission at Manzanar is to preserve the site and share its stories,” Superintendent Bernadette Johnson said. “We were honored to host so many visitors in 2016, the Centennial year of the National Park Service. We mark another anniversary in 2017, the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which led to the World War II incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans.” Johnson continued, “This year also marks the 75th Anniversary of Manzanar War Relocation Center’s opening and the 25th Anniversary of Manzanar National Historic Site’s establishment.”

The Manzanar site continues to evolve. In 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) reconstructed  the Block 14 women’s latrine, which will eventually feature exhibits. A new accessible sidewalk links the visitor center, barracks, and latrine. Park staff are also developing an exhibit on education in Manzanar in barracks 8. Work continues throughout Manzanar to preserve the Japanese gardens, historic orchards, and other site features.

Ranger Mark Hachtmann presents a program on the Block 14 women’s latrine slab, May 2016

Congress established Manzanar National Historic Site in 1992, the result of decades of efforts by Japanese Americans and others. Since then, the National Park Service has worked with scores of stakeholders to preserve and interpret Manzanar and its stories. Manzanar is located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, California. For more information, please call 760-878-2194 ext. 3310 or visit our website at or Facebook page



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Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
5 years ago

Irony. Record visitation at Manzanar vs. the path our country is currently on. Interment camps were widely supported by US citizens at the time. Those who supported them clearly ended up on the wrong side of history. Today, we all get to decide which side of history we’re going to… Read more »