Kam Wah Chung opens new interpretive center (2011)
Kam Wah Chung is home to a museum and now an interpretive center. Filled with displays and artifacts, the newly remodeled space features 8-foot-high display panels lining the walls. The displays 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.
Don’t forget about the museum! New this year is audio featuring the voice of “Doc Hay.” Doc Hay “guides” the tours every hour, but you need a ticket. Pick one up at the center.
Both the center and museum are open daily from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. until Oct. 31.