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Special Presentation – Topah Spoonhunter

Manzanar National Historic Site 5001 HWY 395, Independence, CA

Artist Topah Spoonhunter will be discussing his new gallery wall show, which is now on display at Manzanar National Historic Site.  His pieces explore themes if Indigenous existence in Payahuunadu (the land of flowing water), what is now known as the Owens Valley.

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Alabama Hills Natural History Interpretive Hike

Bishop, CA

"The Alabama Hills Under Our Feet".  This ancient landscape captures the stories of the ages.  Hear geological and cultural tales on a short walk through corridors and mounds nestled in the Sierra Nevada Foothills.  Meet at the Arch Loop Trail Parking in Alabama Hills, Lone Pine.  Wear layered clothing for a range of conditions, sturdy footwear and bring plenty of water. Contact Dave Kirk, (760)872-5000 or John Kelly, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Assn. (760)872-1220.  Where: Meet at the Arch Loop Trail Parking, Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. From Lone Pine turn west off Hwy 395 onto Whitney Portal Road and […]

Film History in the Alabama Hills

Bishop, CA

There have been more than 400 movies and countless commercials filmed in the Alabama Hills. Hear interesting and amusing stories about numerous productions as you explore the camera locations. This walk covers an area of Movie Flat that includes locations from memorable films such as Gunga Din, Tremors, and Django Unchained. This is a relatively easy walk on existing roads and trails covering less than one mile.  Free Community Program open to the public. Contact Dave Kirk, (760)872-5000 or John Kelly, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Assn. (760)872-1220.  Where: Meet at the Arch Loop Trail Parking, Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. […]

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Curley Fletcher Poetry Rendezvous

Laws Historic Village Bishop, CA

Celebrating Laws' most famous resident! Friday, 9/24 6:00 pm Dinner and Show at Whiskey Creek. Limited tickets available - buy ASAP Saturday, 9/25 10:00 am - 7:00 pm Poetry, Music, Kids Activities, Handcar Rides, Mining Demonstrations, Railroad History, Food & Craft Vendors and the FAMOUS PIE AUCTION! Sunday, 9/26 - Graveside Farewell Toast Visit http://lawsmuseum.org for more information and tickets.

Manzanar National Historic Site’s Public Archeology Program

Bishop, CA

Manzanar National Historic Site’s award-winning public archeology program is returning with three projects this year. On March 24-29, May 27-31, and September 2-6, volunteers will have the opportunity to assist the National Park Service in uncovering and preserving Manzanar’s Hospital area, the Children’s Village orphanage, and the Administration and Staff Housing area.  Work at the Hospital will include rebuilding a collapsed rock wall, removing brush and dead trees, clearing flood deposits, resetting building footers, and excavating landscaping features. At Children’s Village, volunteers will rebuild rustic wood fences, expose building footers, and clear brush and downed trees. In the Staff Housing […]

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Paiute Fandango Dress Demonstration

Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center 2300 West Line Street, Bishop, CA

Charlene Redner, a Bishop Paiute Native, will demonstrate the making of Fandango Dresses,  a form of traditional  Paiute clothing.  Call the cultural center for additional information.

Free

1872 Earthquake Rememberance

Bishop, CA

Join Eastern California Museum at the Gravesite of the 1872 Lone Pine Earthquake Victims, located on the west side of Highway 395 one mile north of Lone Pine. This will be an historical remembrance of the great Lone Pine Earthquake of 1872 that struck the Eastern Sierra impacting lives, property and landscapes. Hear stories and accounts of this powerful event. For further information and questions, contact the Eastern California Museum at 760-878-0258.

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Native American Willow Medallion Artistry

Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center 2300 West Line Street, Bishop, CA

Charlene Redner of the Bishop Paiute Tribe will demonstrate traditional Willow Medallions for museum guests.

Free

Eastern CA Museum Memorial Rock Garden Commemoration

Eastern California Museum 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA

Join area residents to commemorate the new Jane Bright Memorial Rock Garden at the Eastern California Museum in Independence.

Free

Inyo County Courthouse First Centennial Celebration

Inyo County Courthouse 168 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA

Join Eastern Sierra history aficionados at  the Independence Courthouse to celebrate this building's 100th anniversary.  Indulge in related history talks, presentations, food and drink, and more.

Free

Manzanar Pilgrimage

Bishop, CA

Join this annual event virtually to commemorate the memory of Manzanar and its incarcerees. Lessons Learned, is the theme for the 53rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, which will be held online on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 12:00 PM. The 2022 Manzanar At Dusk program will also be held online in the hours following the 53rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. Manzanar was the first of the American concentration camps in which more than 120,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

Arborglyphs: The Art of Heritage

Eastern California Museum 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA

Join others for the grand opening of this new exhibit at the Eastern CA Museum.  Basque refreshments to be served at 4 PM and a lecture by Guest Curators Nancy Hadlock and Richard Potashin will begin at 5 PM.

Free

Mule Days Celebration

Tri-County Fairgrounds & Event Center 475 Sierra Street, Bishop, CA

A world-class equestrian event promoting the legacy, heritage and talents of the mule.  Join us for an action packed week of mule events, concerts, catered dinner and BBQ, dancing, the world’s longest non-motorized parade, and more, at The Bishop Mule Days Celebration!

Mule Museum Grand Opening

Laws Historic Village Bishop, CA

Grand Opening Celebration of the Mule Museum in Bishop, CA. Come Celebrate Wednesday, May 25th 5-7PM at the Laws Museum and Historic Site. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony followed by music and refreshments in the 20 Mule Team Barn. See the story of the mule told in context of the contribution of this humble animal to our American culture and Heritage. Don’t miss the Grand Opening, view the exhibit and bid in the Live and Silent Auctions. These very popular annual silent auction will be held this year at the Laws Railroad Museum just 4 miles from Bishop. The Auction will be […]

FREE

Manzanar National Historic Site’s Public Archeology Program

Bishop, CA

Manzanar National Historic Site’s award-winning public archeology program is returning with three projects this year. On March 24-29, May 27-31, and September 2-6, volunteers will have the opportunity to assist the National Park Service in uncovering and preserving Manzanar’s Hospital area, the Children’s Village orphanage, and the Administration and Staff Housing area.  Work at the Hospital will include rebuilding a collapsed rock wall, removing brush and dead trees, clearing flood deposits, resetting building footers, and excavating landscaping features. At Children’s Village, volunteers will rebuild rustic wood fences, expose building footers, and clear brush and downed trees. In the Staff Housing […]

The Manzanar Fishing Club Event & Tour

Manzanar National Historic Site 5001 HWY 395, Independence, CA

Join Cory Shiozaki and special guests MIchael Nakamura and Dylan Wakasa for a short presentation and guided tour of history related to the Manzanar Fishing Club.

Free

“Shepherds of Today” Historic Event

Bishop City Park 690 N. Main Street, Bishop

Meet live sheepherders who work in the Eastern Sierra.  Learn about their stories as rural sheepmen and their observations about changing climate and landscapes.  Event is in Bishop City Park.  Bring beach chairs and blankets for seating.

Free

Manzanar National Historic Site’s Public Archeology Program

Bishop, CA

Manzanar National Historic Site’s award-winning public archeology program is returning with three projects this year. On March 24-29, May 27-31, and September 2-6, volunteers will have the opportunity to assist the National Park Service in uncovering and preserving Manzanar’s Hospital area, the Children’s Village orphanage, and the Administration and Staff Housing area.  Work at the Hospital will include rebuilding a collapsed rock wall, removing brush and dead trees, clearing flood deposits, resetting building footers, and excavating landscaping features. At Children’s Village, volunteers will rebuild rustic wood fences, expose building footers, and clear brush and downed trees. In the Staff Housing […]

Pre-Colonial Nüümü(Paiute People) Agricultural Practices & Irrigation Systems of the Payahuunadü (Owens Valley) Seminar

Zoom Remote Event Bishop, CA

Join BLM Archeologist Greg Haverstock to learn about Pre-Colonial Nüümü (Paiute People) Agricultural Practices & Irrigation Systems of the Payahuunadü (Owens Valley) during the 15th century.  Project collaborators include USGS geologist Angela Jayko,  former White Mountain Research Station Historian Daniel Pritchett, and the late Bishop Paiute Tribal Elder Harry Williams.  Register via Zoom at www.wmrc.edu.  This is a remote learning seminar.

Free

Manzanar Special Program

Manzanar National Historic Site 5001 HWY 395, Independence, CA

Cory Shiozaki, director of The Manzanar Fishing Club will give a brief presentation and guided driving/walking tour. Meet in the visitor center lobby. Bring water, sturdy shoes, hat, sunglasses & sunscreen.

Free

Opening Reception at Eastern California Museum

Eastern California Museum 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA

New exhibit at Eastern California Museum celebrating the life, philosophy and photography of climbing legend Smoke Blanchard - Mountain Ramblings, Picnics and Pilgrimages. Exhibit runs 10/22/22-3/24/23.

Eastern Sierra History Conference

Cerro Coso Community College 4090 West Line Street, Bishop, CA

The 7th Annual Eastern Sierra History Conference will focus on people, places, and events of the Sierra Nevada.  Field trips and tours highlighting Eastern Sierra cultural and historical sites will be available on Sunday, October 30.  The scheduled conference program will be sent to the participants prior to the conference. Check website for fees to attend the conference. For additional information, contact Jeff at 785-230-9396.

Multiple Perspectives on California Wildfires

White Mountain Research Center 3000 East Line Street, Bishop, CA

Join Geography Professor Glen MacDonald to explore the changing California wildfire regime during the 21st century and its related causes. Masks are required for this indoor event.  Contact Gaylene at for information.

Free

Veterans Day Observance

VFW 484 Short St., Bishop, CA

Hosted by VFW Post 8988 Auxiliary and American Legion. 11 am ceremony at Pioneer Cemetery. Special renaming ceremony at 4pm at VFW Post - 484 Short Street. New name for the post will be Robert F. Waggoner VFW Post 8988. Dinner to follow ceremony. No fee for Veterans.