Manzanar Trip 2022

West LA UMC is hosting a trip to Manzanar Internment Camp on March 26-27, 2022. Together we will view the new exhibits, meet with rangers, and learn from persons who were interned. The trip is designed for adults, youth, and children of all ages and physical abilities to enjoy.

Welcome to WLAUMC’s visit to Manzanar 2022!

Thank you for your interest in experiencing life at Manzanar. We have a great group!  2-86 years of age, 2 internees, 12 kids, a couple 3-generation families, a group of UCLA students from the 580 Cafe, and a researcher. We are welcoming many first time visitors to Manzanar. The experience of visiting Manzanar together as a group of people who come with completely different questions, and being able to connect with internees and Park staff who are the keepers of many more of our families’ stories, is what makes our trip very special. We are delighted you have chosen to join us.
The park staff anxiously awaits our visit. As always, they are rolling out the red carpet creating a custom visit. We are working on a number of activities to make the trip extra meaningful for each of you, whether this is your first or 20th visit.

Due to the current omicron surge, Manzanar is operating under the most restrictive protocols since the complete lockdown in Spring 2020. We are working closely with park staff, actively exploring both in-person and virtual options for our visit. We will finalize our trip itinerary and activities by mid-February based on what is best for our and Manzanar staff health. Whichever option we decide, we are looking forward to a super fun and engaging experience where we benefit and learn from the diversity of our group, and are able to ask questions and share stories with park staff and our community.
In the meantime,

  1. Researching your loved one’s internment history – If you would like Manzanar Park Rangers to research the internment records of your loved ones, please email me their names (whatever you think was most complete and accurate in 1942) by Jan 28. Park Staff uses both public and non-public sources. Even our church’s most savvy researchers have received new information and/or photos from park staff
  2. Please share interesting internment and Manzanar materials – articles, books, documentaries, websites, etc. We will aggregate and share them back out to our whole group. To get you started, you can check out the links below

Please email me #1 and #2 at unsyncsteve@gmail.com
This video is a nice introduction to Manzanar – How & why did internment happen? Manzanar’s desolate, spectacular physical location, and what is available to see
Three Views of Manzanar – Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake makes the big topic of “human resilience in the face of injustice” relatable through wonderfully intimate and fascinating little details of how normal people lived under abnormal conditions

Manzanar National Park Historic Site YouTube Channel has a collection of oral histories and documentaries
Rangers Rose and Sarah, featured in the videos, are part of the core staff planning our visit.
Again, welcome to WLAUMC Manzanar 2022. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.

Steve, Diana, Keiko, John, Guy

CLICK HERE for information on the schedule, cost, and trip details. (Updated November 2, 2021)

CLICK HERE for the official registration form. (Updated November 2, 2021) Registration is currently closed. Watch this page if spaces open up for additional participants.