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“Remembering is sometimes sad”

Manzanar National Historic Site
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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.
Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

It was a wonderful National Park. Some of my family was interned at the camp... It was sad to read the stories. I

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Mom and I found this site by accident. We stopped and spent about 4 hours there. There is a museum, book store, barracks, mess hall and driving tour. It was a most emotional stop. Be sure to see the 22 minute film. The ranger is most knowledgeable, having seen most of the dvds sold and read most of the books. The driving tour takes a while and many stops are available. The wind never stops and I wondered how people there during world war II survived. This national park is a real eye opener. I wish I could convey in mere words the effect this place had on myself and my Mom. Easy to find, hard to leave.

2  Thank Linda K
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

It seems like everyone is in such a hurry to get between Southern California and Mammoth Lakes. It doesn't hurt to stop by here to, if anything, use the bathroom or stretch your legs. Then, you can learn a little bit about history, and, if you're lucky, about yourself.

Up until 2004, there wasn't much at the site. Still, it was worth the stop. Now that the NPS built the interpretive center, it's a must see.

3  Thank Irvine_TSH
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is a very well done museum, and I'll add that given the content/history of Manzanar I give the museum curator and staff great kudos for presenting the history without an agenda. It's a great learning experience for people of any age. Very much worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

A museum and film telling of the internment of Japanese Americans as a response to the attack on Pearl Harbour. Thought provoking and moving, a must see.

1  Thank Nic S
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