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“An important slice of history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar National Historic Site
5001 Hwy. 395, PO Box 426, Independence, CA 93526
760-878-2194
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Manzanar NHS tells the stories of 120,000 Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast and confined during WWII. Manzanar was the first of ten camps and held 11,070 people, 2/3 of them American citizens. Today, visitors explore the site by walking or driving to see foundations, trees, rock gardens, and stone alignments. Extensive exhibits feature historic photos, film footage and audio programs, a scale model, a children’s exhibit, and special programs. Open daily. Free admission.
South Haven, Michigan, United States
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“An important slice of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is a place you might drive by and not even notice - which is a shame. This National Historic Site tells the story of piece of history from WWII that is often forgotten. How we treated Japaneses Americans is sad. While very little remains, they have done a good job of sharing the story.

The exhibits are well done and moving. The documentary film is top notch. While not much to see on the grounds, it is worth taking the driving tour.

Visited September 2012
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California
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“History We Shouldn't Forget”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

What we as a country did to fellow Americans (of Japanese descent) during WWII should be remembered and soberly considered. This historic site preserves the memories through first person testimonies through film and displays. It explains what happened and why. It documents life in the camp and how amazingly adaptive the internees were as they attempted to retain a semblance of normality and family-community life. The film is a must-see. The displays are excellent. The auto tour did not add a lot to the experience other than to show how desolate it was before and after the internees were there.

Visited November 2012
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Bakersfield, California
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“Manzanar a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Manzanar Historic Site is an amazing thing to see. Another stupid mistake that the United States made or did they?
Even though they put the Japanese in camps during WWII it probably saved their lives in the long run.
Very interesting place to visit and feel sad for what we put them through.

Visited November 2012
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Oslo, Norway
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“Serene site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I made a short stop here without much prior knowledge, and was somewhat disappointed at first, driving up the self-guided car tour - there is not much to see, except sign posts and outlines telling you where the different buildings once stood. That was before I reached the burial ground. Located about half-way on the tour, this site centers around a simple, white monument placed against a stunning backdrop of mountains. Difficult to explain in words or images, this is a place of absolute beauty and tranquility. Deeply touching, and a must-see.

Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“Sad part of history, it feels desolate”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Stopped here on my way to Bishop and was glad I did. This historic site is worth seeing and the feeling of desolation can be felt and it's a reminder of a very sad part of US history.

Visited October 2012
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