• November 1

    New Kam Wah Chung Medical Archives webpage at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

    The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Releases their new webpage Kam Wah Chung Medical Archives this fall in 2020!

    The public and researchers and view Doc Hay’s medical formulas and the herbs he used.  Currently only about 10% of the collection is translated and available for view, but we are slowly adding more as time and staffing allow.

    Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM)

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  • February 4
    5 pm - 7 pm

    Uncovering an Oregon Treasure: Kam Wah Chung.

    Presented by the Oregon Association of Acupuncturists (OAA), Dr. Beth Howlett and Dr. Eric Brand will highlight the incredible information they rediscovered from the Kam Wah Chung Collection on an upcoming webinar.

    Dr. Beth Howlett conducted her capstone research on the Kam Wah Chung collection, and she possesses an intimate knowledge of its history and collection. Her work was instrumental in securing a grant from the State Library of Oregon and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to promote further research into the collection, resulting in an open online database that allows scholars to access its treasures in digital form. Beth was interviewed as a subject matter expert for documentaries on Kam Wah Chung by the Discovery Channel and the upcoming Chinese TV show “Bencao Without Borders.” In this webinar, she will share gems from her research along with an introduction to the newly launched online database.

    In the second segment of the webinar, Eric Brand will share photographs from the Kam Wah Chung collection for a deep look at the historical situation on selected individual herbs. Based on evidence from the Kam Wah Chung collection, we can see that many of the same issues we see on the herbal market today were also relevant for Chinese herbalists practicing in America a century ago.  We will investigate examples from the collection that demonstrate timeless details of herbal identification, processing, and quality assessment that remain important in the clinic today.

    For more information, please link over to the OOA website below.



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  • March 26

    Chinese Experience in America: Kam Wah Chung

    Follow the link below to view a YouTube video of a presentation the museum curator Don Merritt did for the Deschutes Public Library for their March series of presentation.


  • May 4 - October 31
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, closed for noon

    Open for 2021!

    The Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site visitor center will be open under limited services for the 2021 season Tuesday, May 4 – Sunday October 31.  Hours will be from 9 am until 5 pm.

    • Only virtual guided tours of the historic Kam Wah Chung building will be available onsite, outside the interpretive center.
    • Virtual tours will be about 45 minutes long at the top of the hour, closed at noon for lunch.
    • We will be open Tuesday through Saturday to begin the season in May, and expand to seven days a week as staffing becomes available.
    • Virtual tours are weather and safety contingent.
    • Kam Wah Chung SHS will follow all COVID-19 protocols set forth by Oregon Parks and Recreation, including sanitizing procedures, social distancing, and wearing of proper face masks.
    • The historic Kam Wah Chung building will not be open to visitors for 2021.

    Kam Wah Chung Visitor Center

  • May 27 - May 27

    Destination Oregon Premiere

    Destination Oregon will feature Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site on their program May 27.


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  • May 22 - May 22
    11 AM

    Hidden Histories: Oregon’s Early Chinatowns and Chinese Worker Settlements series

    The Portland Chinatown Museum is pleased to announce our third program in the Hidden Histories: Oregon’s Early Chinatowns and Chinese Worker Settlements series, which was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities.

    Please join us on Saturday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, to learn more about “New Light on Portland’s Old and New Chinatowns: 1851-1950” with Dr. Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis, Bertha Saiget, and Norman Locke

    Online Webinar

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