The Interpretive Center was first opened in 2004. New displays and exhibits of artifacts were installed in 2012. The center features 8-foot-high educational panels lining the walls. These illustrate historical accounts that explain what prompted large numbers of Chinese to immigrate to the United States in the late 19th century.
Other displays recount the immigrants’ experiences and tell about the founding of Kam Wah Chung and Co. by Doc Hay and Lung On. Be sure to stop at the theater. Now showing is an Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary detailing the contributions of Doc Hay and Lung On to the John Day area.
The center also displays relics from a fascinating collection of 60,000-plus items. Museum Curator Christina Sweet says the items will be shown in rotating exhibits.
Click Here for an Activity Page for kids of all ages to use while exploring the Interpretive Center.
A gift shop containing books, postcards, t-shirts & Chinese curios is located in the interpretive center. Click on the Gift Shop page for more information.
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