Museum mania: Chinese celebration offers art auction, workshops, dinner

Kam Wah Chung & Company Museum curator Carolyn Micnhimer is pictured at the shrine inside the museum which also features various well-preserved herbs, medicines and supplies offered by Doc Hay and Lung On. She continues with guided tours at the museum through the end of October. The Eagle/HEATHER SHEEDY

JOHN DAY - In celebration of Kam Wah Chung & Company Museum's 25th anniversary, on Saturday, Oct. 19, the friends of the museum will present day-long events to commemorate the Chinese presence in the community.

A special performance by the Northwest Lion Dance Association, led by Wally Chow, will be given at 1 p.m. at John Day City Park.

From noon-4 p.m. at the John Day Senior Center various activities are planned including displays and demonstrations such as Chinese weaving by Sarah Auker, a silent art auction provided by the Grant County Art Association, and children's workshops featuring Chinese painting, shadow puppets and kite making.

Author Christine Richardson is expected to be in town to autograph her new book, "The China Doctor of John Day."

A Chinese dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Price is $9 per person and advance ticket purchase is requested. Tickets are available at Prime Time Video, The Ivy Vine and John Day City Hall.

Other special presentations will include stereo photos by architectural historian Al Staehli, and museum curator Carolyn Micnhimer will share some of her experiences from the past 24 years.

Evelyn Stienmetz served as first curator (1977-79), a position filled by Carolyn Micnhimer for the past 22 years.

Micnhimer noted that recorded visitors ranged from around 2,300 in the early- to mid-1980s to a peak of 5,860 in 1993 - the year the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center opened at Baker City. In more recent years, visitors from around the world have averaged around 3,500 per season.

For more information, call Bobbie Baker at 932-4472.

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