the friends of Kam Wah Chung  Letter from the Prez.




April 27, 2018


Dear Friends of Kam Wah Chung,

The big news is our upcoming June 9th celebration of Kam Wah Chung Museum as part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Kam Wah Chung has been a presence in John Day for 140 years. We have a lot to celebrate! Please join us for the celebration dinner. The Golden Crown Restaurant of Baker City will serve a Chinese dinner at 6:00 pm at the Senior Center in John Day. Our honored speakers will be former First Lady Mary Oberst, Barbara Sidway, former curator Christy Sweet, and Dr. Eric Brand, an expert in Chinese herbal medicines. The Portland Lion Dancers will perform after the dinner. They will also perform in the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City at 11:00 a.m. Tickets for the dinner are $20 and can be reserved by emailing me at Seating is limited to 120, so please reserve early. We hope that you can join us!


Our annual business meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Interpretive Center. We will review the year and discuss our plans for the future. Our speaker will be our new curator, Don Merritt, who will describe his vision for the future of Kam Wah Chung. You are welcome to attend and give your input! Don Merritt, our curator, has detailed the events of the last year in the enclosed Season Update. We had a busy year!


Chris Labhart has joined our team as store clerk. He has brought new energy to the store’s mission, and has added new, exciting and quality merchandise. Chris has enthusiastically spearheaded the planning and arrangements for the upcoming celebration on June 9th.  He is a great addition to the Friends of Kam Wah Chung Museum.


Our goal is to preserve and promote the unique cultural heritage of the Kam Wah Chung Museum.  Outreach to the local community is an important part of achieving that goal. Last year, board members hosted a booth at the community Family Fun Day. We have also helped with large school tours by conducting cultural activities for the students. During spring break, we participated in Kids Passport to Fun, a local project for kids to tour the area museums and engage in creative activities.


Our website is continuing to draw great interest as well as donations. You can also renew your membership on the website. Please check it out at  and please post it to your social media to share with friends. The website includes historical information and photos, video and audio clips, and hundreds of photos of documents, letters and artifacts.  It is an excellent reference for information before and after touring the museum and interpretive center. The website also includes a convenient online process for becoming a member or making a donation.


 The Friends are continuing our ad campaign to encourage tourists to visit the museum and to let people know our website is available. We have ads in two Blue Mountain Eagle publications:   Explore magazine and Journey supplement.  We'd like to get the word out to people who are interested in the history of this region, the contributions of the Chinese immigrants and how Chinese medicine was flourishing here in the 1880s. In the last year, we had visitors from all 50 states, and 47 countries.


Your ongoing interest and support in preserving and promoting the unique cultural heritage of the Kam Wah Chung Museum is greatly appreciated. We welcome individuals who would be willing to work and serve on the Foundation Board. Please contact us if you are interested.


Our mission is to preserve and protect the museum and provide public access to educate and inform future generations about the importance of the Chinese immigrants who helped define the culture and history of the American West. Please join us in this mission and consider becoming a member at these levels of annual membership:


Friend of Doc Hay....$25

Benevolent Flower...$50-$99

Empire Builder...$100-$500

Golden Temple....$1,000


Additional tax deductible donations can be made for specific projects such as the translation project or publishing books. Our pictorial book, On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung, was made possible by a patron's generous donation and continues to be a popular item in our gift store.


It is our pleasure and honor to continue the preservation of this historic site and educate the public about it. We greatly appreciate your yearly support.



Adele Cerny, President

Friends of Kam Wah Chung









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