A Community's Living Room

A Community's Living Room (HM1C5T)

Location: Mexico, CA 65265 Inyo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 43.674', W 118° 8.85'

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Manzanar National Historic Site

This auditorium is one of three original buildings remaining here from Manzanar War Relocation Center. As you walk closer, listen for laughter, tears , music—the sounds of celebration and sadness that once echoed through this building's cavernous space. They linger in the stories you will hear inside, of those who worked and played here over many decades: internees, War Relocation

In just five months, internee carpenters transformed standard government blueprints into a community auditorium for more than 5,000 people still confined here in June 1944.

With a stage, locker rooms, and projection booth, the 14,000 sq. ft. building changed the way Manzanar gathered. Concerts, lectures, Japanese Americans cultural activities and physical education classes filled its calendar—-and often its 1,280-seat capacity. Tickets for dances, talent shows, and movie nights were 5 cents for children, 25 cents for adults, 50 cents for camp staff and "everyone else."
HM NumberHM1C5T
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 8:56am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 397535 N 4065301
Decimal Degrees36.72790000, -118.14750000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 43.674', W 118° 8.85'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 43' 40.44" N, 118° 8' 51.00" W
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Area Code(s)573
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2422 Manzanar Reward Rd, Mexico CA 65265, US
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