The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) at Porterville College
Is proud to present a special event with
Cultural Resources Program Manager & Archaeologist, Manzanar National Historic Site
2018-19 Porterville College Distinguished Speaker in Anthropology
Public Archaeology at Manzanar National Historic Site:
Making Connections with Survivor, Descendant, and Local Communities
Friday, March 1st - 7-8 p.m.
Porterville College Theater (CA-4)
After decades of grassroots activism, Manzanar National Historic Site was designated by Congress in 1992 to protect and interpret cultural resources related to an important and devastating mistake: the unjust incarceration of over 120,000 men, women, and children during World War II because of their Japanese heritage. Over 30 public archaeology projects have been conducted at Manzanar, but rather than being dictated by purely academic interests or management needs, the goals of the archaeological work were developed in collaboration with the public – including descendant and local communities. Japanese gardens, internee-dug basements, and artifacts uncovered show how internees coped with confinement and spark new conversations about the internment experience. The results have also drawn in the academic community: only after gardens were exposed could experts evaluate their historic importance. Volunteer projects have also been conducted at Euroamerican ranches and farms on the site dating to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Jeff Burton is Cultural Resource Program Manager at Manzanar National Historic Site. He received his MA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Although he has published reports on topics ranging from prehistoric villages to Spanish missions and frontier Army posts, his passion is the archaeology of World War II Japanese American internment sites: he has conducted work at Poston, Minidoka, Tule Lake, and Manzanar, and taught a summer field class at the Honouliuli Internment Camp in Hawai’i. Each year he leads volunteer projects uncovering Manzanar’s history, including restoring gardens built by imprisoned Japanese Americans during WWII. In 2017 he received an award for excellence in cultural resource management from the Society for American Archaeology for his work at confinement sites.
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Out of respect to our presenter and audience, doors will be closed approximately 10 minutes after the start of the event OR when the theater has reached capacity. Due to safety regulations, once the theater is full no additional people can be admitted.