Grass-roots groups, led by the Manzanar Committee, worked for decades to recognize and preserve Manzanar and its stories. As a direct result of these efforts, Congress established Manzanar National Historic Site as a unit of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1992. Other entities—such as the Eastern California Museum—worked concurrently to preserve archives and objects related to Manzanar and to share its many stories.
Entities with Formal Partnerships and/or Philanthropic agreements with the NPS at Manzanar
The Fund for People in Parks
An official philanthropic fundraising partner of the National Park Service, The Fund for People in Parks provides private funding and professional services to complete inspirational projects that enhance the visitor experience in western National Parks. Support their mission by donating.
Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association
Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA) partners with Manzanar as the non-profit Cooperating Association which operates the store in the Manzanar Visitor Center. Profits support Manzanar’s programs and projects. ESIA is also a formal fundraising partner and seeks grant funding and donations to enhance support for Manzanar National Historic Site.
Support this Park Partner
Visit the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association's website to learn more about their mission.
Become a Member
Receive membership perks while contributing to ESIA's mission of forging connections between visitors and the Sierra Nevada.
Purchase Merchandise Online
Shop books, jewelry, post cards, stickers, and more. Proceeds support education and infrastructure at Manzanar National Historic Site.
Entities that the NPS Collaborates with at Manzanar
The Friends of Manzanar works has raised funds for specific projects at Manzanar, including reconstructing a guard tower, restoring historic vegetation, and helping to reconstruct a women’s latrine.
The Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership is a unique public/public partnership between the US Forest Service, local agencies and communities to create a replicable sustainable recreation program in California’s magnificent Eastern High Sierra.
The Nüümu (Paiute) of Payahuunadü (Owens Valley) Sovereign Nations
Last updated: October 22, 2021