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 In addition to our planned projects, we recently completed a translation project of some our historical documents (thank you volunteer translators!), onsite archaeological testing near the museum building, and we partnered with a local high school to build a gold mining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 

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