the friends of Kam Wah Chung Events

Artifact Exhibit at ???Burns Library,  2009




There is always something interesting going on at

 Kam Wah Chung!





In addition to supporting the regular museum tours and educational displays at the Interpretive Center, we also organize special events.   We regularly participate in local events like the Spring Break Kids Passport to Fun, 62 Days Festival Celebration of the gold rush of 1862 and Families First Fun Day in the Park.











                           140th Anniversary Celebration



June 9th, 2018 was a gala event here in John Day, OR.  We celebrated the anniversary of the establishment of Kam Wah Chung over 140 years ago along with the state historic site establishment by Oregon Parks & Recreation 10 years ago.









Former Oregon First Lady Mary Oberst and Barbara Sidway, who spearheaded fundraising for the interpretive center in 2005, were honorary speakers, as well as Christy Sweet, former curator.






Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team performed a traditional Chinese dance after a wonderful catered Chinese dinner.  This is the same group that performed at the grand opening 10 years ago. One of the young men in this year's performance was a child dancer back then!







Chinese Scholars & Documentary Filming


A camera crew from Yiping Media Group of Shenzhen, China, came to Kam Wah Chung on Aug. 1 to work on a documentary about the spread of Chinese herbal medicine around the world.


Professor Zhao Zhongzhen, who starred in the documentary produced for the Chinese version of the Discovery Channel, also sits on a tourism board in China, which has 3 million visits on its website.  Zhao has encouraged every travel agency in China to promote visits to Kam Wah Chung.


Two months later, a film crew from Beach House Pictures of Singapore came to Kam Wah Chung for production of a similar documentary for the American version of Discovery Channel. Dr. Eric Brand, a student of Zhao’s, and Beth Howlett, vice president of communications and academic services at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, were presenters in the video shoot.









Annual Meeting 2017


At our annual membership meeting in June, we reviewed last years activities and talked about plans for next year.  Don Merritt, our new curator, gave us some background on his experience and his ideas for how Kam Wah Chung might grow in the coming years.


We had a lovely catered Chinese Dinner.


Kyle Cline was presented with the Carolyn Micnhimer Award for 2017.



Adele Cerny gives the opening introductionsAdelel presents Carolyn Micnhimer Award to Kyle ClineGreat Friends!Adele Cerny leads the business meeting4 - 4<>




Chinese Scholars Visit



In the fall of 2017, a delegation of eight Chinese scholars from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong visited Kam Wah Chung to research the extensive herbal pharmacy and written records in the archives.


Professor Zhao Zhongzhen led the group as part of an educational tour of historic sites pertaining to traditional Chinese medicine.  The scholars were fascinated with the extent and condition of the collection, describing it as one of three in the world of highest quality and most usefulness for research.


The visit was also an initial tour to prepare for an upcoming filming for a Discovery Channel segment on historical Chinese medicine sites. Zhao plans to begin filming at KWC in the fall of 2018.


              Stay tuned for more details!



Professor Zhonzhen Zhao & Eric Brand examine one of the archival documents while Don & Dennis observeLet me show you this......Pleasant conversation with new friends...Photo Op before Treats...Smiling Friends!1 - 5<>



Annual Meeting 2016


The Friends have an annual membership meeting every June.  This year we had a catered Chinese buffet from the Golden Dragon restaurant in Baker City. Thank you to Alice Shawn & Francis Kocis for being delivery drivers.


Don Hann, U.S. Forest Service Archeologist, Malheur Forest, gave a very informative presentation on Chinese cabin and mining sites in the area and their connections to Kam Wah Chung.  The collaboration between USFS archeology digs and the KWC collections has significant research possibilities.


                Great Chinese FoodEnjoying the buffetAdele Cerny presents Jeanne Day with Carolyn Micnhimer Awardsurprise!Christy gives her annual reportDon Hann archeology presentation6 - 6<>





Christy's Farewell Party


Christy Sweet has been the curator at Kam Wah Chung since 2006.  In October, 2016 she took a promotion to the OPRD state office in Salem.


Christy was instrumental in developing KWC into a nationally recognized heritage site.


Words can't express her value to KWC and how she will be missed.  Here are a few photos from her farewell party in August, 2016.




               Adele & Jeanne present tokens of our great appreciationChristy and her FriendsMeet the FriendsAdele, Christy, Jeanne discuss wording on plaqueswhere did Francis find 100 yr. old marshmellows?remember when you......The prestigious joe camel awardhugs all aroundJeanne, Francis, Adele & Christy(& Cake)Adele, Christy & Alice sharing a memoryChristy with Leslie enjoying cakeno utensils needed2 - 12<>


Some of our appreciations for Christy:


Christy brought skills that were much needed at KWC.  A degree in Museum Science and her vast experience working with National Park Service at other museums proved to be very valuable for the day to day operations of the historic building and interpretive center. Christy spent 10 years at KWC and completed a number of projects during this time. Christy continues to work for Oregon Parks & Recreation Department as their Historian at Salem Headquarters. She calls KWC her baby and it is nice to know she still works for the agency and is only a phone call away when we have a question.


~ Dennis Bradley, OPRD Regional Manager


Christy was a joy to work with. She was fun and patient and she created a friendly atmosphere that enveloped the public, the hosts, and all the people who worked with her. She knew every artifact in the collection and she did a lot of research so that she could understand as much as possible about Chinese culture. I think the public—especially our Chinese visitors—really appreciated that. I think Doc Hay and Lung On would have felt respected and honored by Christy.


~ Carol Faulkner, former board member and OPRD Ranger



Working with Christy was always fun and informative.  She was devoted to Kam Wah Chung and it showed in her enthusiasm for every part of her job.  Her sweet smile and bubbly personality were just frosting on the cake. I wish her good luck in her new adventure.


~ Leslie Traylor, former board member


Christy brought a high degree of museum professionalism and quality to Kam Wah Chung.  Without this, our many visitors would not have access to this wonderful place.


~ Kyle Cline, Chinese herbalist





We also have special events like Chinese New Year's Celebrations, Open Houses and Educational Presentations.














Some of these presentations on Chinese cultural activities have included:





The Historical and Current use of Chinese herbs


Artifact exhibits and tours of local archaeological digs with the US Forest Service


Presentations for touring groups, like Cycle Oregon




Below are some photos and a video from some of these special events.




Families First Fun Day, 2013


             Nicely done!You've got it!!!!Summertime at Kam Wah ChungOutside Kam Wah Chung MuseumHere's what we'll write: Day City ParkJust get a little ink on the brushFull tableEven the youngest can write charactersIf you are left handed.......Let's do it togetherHere's how you hold the brushMicah SprousskeBrush & inkstonePracticing characters1 - 15<>








Chinese Chicken Herb Soup Presentation, February, 2014



              Today we'll sample chicken herb soupI don't know, are you going to eat it?Serving Chinese chicken herb soup samplesHerbs can be fun...& taste good.Great question!All the ingredients in chicken herb soupThanks for coming down when there is 16 inches of snow!1 - 7<>








Grand Opening Celebration, May, 2008



            Lion Dancers on breakLion Dancers bring their own bandEducational displayCreekside viewLearning about historyLion DancersLuncheon at 2008 Grand OpeningMary Oberst with cleaver at Grand OpeningDr. Robert Wah, great grand nephew of Ing Hay, speaking at 2008 opening9 - 9<>






Holiday Open House, December, 2013



          Kyle Cline explaining the use of Chinese herbs for colds & fluSome of the herbal ingredients for colds & fluThat tea tastes great!Serving Yin Chiao Teafor colds & flus1 - 4<>







Here is a video excerpt from this presentation.  Click on:


Chinese Herbs for Winter Time Coughswith Kyle Cline, LMT Chinese Herbs for Winter Time Coughs x





Presentation at Burns, OR Library, November 2007



           Heeeeeeere's  Christy!Rapt attentionPhoto of KWC interiorPulse diagnosis chartBoxes & boxes of herbsBurns, OR  2007Library presentationDemonstrating weight scaleHands on experiencesChinese herb samplesChristy & Doc Hay1 - 11<>











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