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Oregon State Parks Foundation Announces The Celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Kam Wah Chung Museum - 05/16/18

PORTLAND, Ore. – May 16, 2018 – The Oregon State Parks Foundation today announced that on June 9th, the Friends of Kam Wah Chung will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the restoration of the Kam Wah Chung dry goods store to become an interpretive center honoring the role that “Doc” Hay and Lung On played in providing alternative medicine, herbs, medications and dry goods to the growing community of John Day during the gold rush.

Kam Wah Chung & Co. has been a presence in John Day for 140 years. The history of Ing Hay and the Chinese community of John Day provide an interesting and rewarding picture of the Chinese immigrants to the mining frontier of Eastern Oregon and Washington.

The Oregon State Parks Foundation, then called the Oregon State Parks Trust, was proud to lead the campaign to raise the funds to convert the old mercantile store to the museum it is today.  The fund-raising campaign was led by former First Lady Mary Oberst.

The celebration dinner will be catered by the Golden Crown Restaurant of Baker City. They will serve a Chinese dinner at 6:00 pm at the Senior Center in John Day. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.


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 earlier in the ’62 Days parade in Canyon City at 11:00 a.m.

Tickets for the dinner are $20. Seating is limited, so please reserve early. The deadline is June 4th.  


Reservations may be made  by sending a $20 check to Friends of Kam Wah Chung, PO Box 663, John Day, OR 97845. Or you may drop it off with staff at the Interpretive Center at 125 NW Canton St. John Day.

Or, by calling the Interpretive Center 541 575 2800 and they will take your credit card information over the phone.

Directions: The Senior Center is located at 142 NE Dayton Street. From the light on main street, go east one block, turn north onto Dayton.  Head north about a half block and the Senior Center is on the left hand side just north of the large white building.


About the Foundation

The Oregon State Parks Foundation is a state-wide, member-supported, non-profit partner of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. We are dedicated to raising funds to enhance and preserve special places and experiences in Oregon’s State Parks.


You may not know that NOT A SINGLE PENNY of state taxes has gone to support the State Parks since 1998. Instead, user fees cover about 55 percent of the operating costs, and the Oregon Lottery covers about 44 percent.


Since 1995, the Foundation has supported many vital projects such as restoring Vista House at Crown Point, helping to renovate five Oregon Lighthouses, preserving the Kam Wah Chung & Co Museum, and putting the first yurts in State Parks anywhere in the country. Most recently, the foundation raised funds to build a residential outdoor school facility at the Cottonwood Canyon State Park.


The Foundation strives to connect all Oregonians with their State Parks, to enrich the visitor experience through interpretation and education, and to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.


To learn more about the Foundation, or to become a member, go to: www.oregonstateparksfoundation.org.


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