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Call for Proposals: Research and Write a Comprehensive Administrative History of Manzanar National Historic Site

Manzanar National Historic SiteThe Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the National Park Service (NPS) have worked collaboratively for nearly 20 years on a variety of projects that aim to make the presentation of American history at NPS sites and programs as current, nuanced, and effective as possible. The OAH and NPS presently seek a qualified scholar to research and write a comprehensive Administrative History of Manzanar National Historic Site located in Independence, California.

Congress established Manzanar NHS in 1992 after decades of grass-roots efforts and lobbying by Japanese Americans and others, and despite considerable opposition. This project will develop a comprehensive review of more than four decades of highly emotional, political, and controversial efforts to preserve Manzanar as a physical site, as well as a place in memory and history.

As a site of the forced confinement of Japanese Americans during World War II, Manzanar is unique among NPS sites. Manzanar's Administrative History can offer important lessons for preserving civil rights sites, and working with diverse constituencies. The research effort resulting from this project will significantly expand the site's reference and archival files, and provide additional information for park staff, partners, and others.

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Posted: June 11, 2014
Tagged: News of the Organization, News of the Profession