Letter from the President

March 10, 2020 

Dear Friend, 

Thank you Friends for your previous donation and welcome potential new Friends! Our annual membership drive is a great time to share the projects we have recently completed and plan to complete in the coming year. Our Friends group consists of amazing volunteers, supporters, and members who contribute to the success and increased interest in the incredible Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site. 

The Friends of the Kam Wah Chung and Company Museum is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization committed to supporting the preservation and protection of the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum. We are committed to educating and informing the public about the importance of the Chinese immigrants who helped define the culture and history of the American West. 

There is more public awareness than ever before about the historical significance of this site, leading to increased numbers of visitors each year. In 2019 we had nearly 10,000 visitors! We continue to work to enhance our visitor’s experiences and increase knowledge and awareness of this extremely important historical site. Currently, we are working on some exciting projects for the upcoming 2020 season, including a Virtual Reality project, additional archaeological testing, and a complete redesign of our current website, www.friendsofkamwahchung.com. 

It is an exciting time to be involved with the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site! In addition to our planned projects, we recently completed a translation project of some our historical documents (thank you volunteer translators!), onsite archaeological testing near the museum building, and we partnered with a local high school to build a gold mining rocker to create a fun, hands-on activity at our interpretive center. Negotiations continue regarding the Oregon State Parks’ acquisition of land for an expanded visitor center. The state plans to purchase city property around the museum. The Friends merchandise store continues to evolve and improve, with new merchandise for the 2020 season! 

We are on Facebook at “Friends of Kam Wah Chung & Co Museum” and on Instagram as @friendsofkamwahchung. Please help us spread the word about our amazing museum and the work our Friends group does by liking or following us! Note: No goods or services, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, have been provided to you as a consideration for making this gift. ~ Friends of Kam Wah Chung & Co., 501(c) (3), EIN 68:0494387 

We are committed to educating the public about the significance of this incredible site. Donations and membership collected this year will be used to fund several exciting projects including; our Virtual Reality project, our new website development, and additional archaeological investigations, to name a few! 

If you are interested in supporting any of these projects please donate using our Membership Card included with this letter, via PayPal located on our website, or even when you purchase from Amazon by identifying us as your preferred organization using AmazonSmile. 

Again, thank you for your support and we hope to see you at the Museum soon! 

Sincerely, 

Katee Withee 

President, Friends of Kam Wah Chung Museum 

Letter from the President

Dear Friends of Kam Wah Chung,

Kam Wah Chung Museum is attracting media attention far and wide! In the last year, two documentary crews filmed at the museum, one for the Chinese version of the Discovery Channel, and the other for the American Discovery Channel.  Locally, the Grant County Chamber of Commerce has reported that there has been a sizeable increase in hits from China on their website in the last two years. As a result, the Chamber of Commerce has established a sister city relationship with Ha-Pen, a village in Sijiuzhen, the home province of Doc Hay and Lung On. We anticipate a significant rise in tourist visits as a result of the increased interest.

Other exciting news includes imminent plans by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to acquire the city park adjacent to the museum to build a new, larger interpretive center that will be able to accommodate the increased visitation, as well as a future outdoor exhibit explaining the history of Chinese mining and the Chinese settlement. As part of our mission to ‘inform and educate future generations about the importance of the Chinese immigrants’, the Friends purchased a hydraulic monitor that was used in mining to be a key part of this exhibit.

Last June, our 140th Celebration Dinner was a great success. Former First Lady Mary Oberst and Dr. Eric Brand, an expert in Chinese herbal medicines, were guests of honor. Both spoke about the importance of preserving and protecting the unique history of Kam Wah Chung. The Lion Dance was performed by the Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team at the dinner and in the ’62 Days parade, much to the delight of the community. Just in time for the event, a new sign featuring Chinese symbols of a tiger and dragon was erected on Main Street. Jerry Franklin, former Chamber of Commerce president, led this amazing community effort to design and install the eye-catching sign.

Our annual business meeting and a dessert reception is planned for Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Interpretive Center. We will review the year and discuss our plans for the future. Dennis Bradley, OPRD Park Manager, will be our speaker. He will update us on future plans for the museum. You are welcome to attend, meet the board of directors, and give your input! If you plan to join us, please contact us at friendskwc@gmail.com.

Our website is continuing to draw great interest as well as donations. You can also renew your membership on the website. A card with the address is included in this letter. Please check it out at www.FriendsofKamWahChung.com  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 local newspaper, The Blue Mountain Eagle, has featured Kam Wah Chung in many articles over the years. Read the articles at www.bluemountaineagle.com by clicking on the menu at the upper left corner of the banner to search.

Our mission is to preserve and protect the museum and 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 the levels of annual membership listed below.

Additional tax deductible donations can be made for specific projects such as the translation project, interpretive items, or publishing books. Our pictorial book, On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung, continues to be a popular item in our gift store. This summer, we will also be offering postcards of the photographs taken by Tom Adams, the author and photographer.

It is our pleasure and honor to continue the preservation of this historic site and educate the public about it. Your ongoing interest and support in preserving and promoting the unique cultural heritage of the Kam Wah Chung Museum makes it possible. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Adele Cerny, President

Friends of Kam Wah Chung Museum