Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum
|Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site
Kam Wah Chung building
|Location||Grant County, Oregon|
|Nearest city||John Day,|
|Area||0.42 acres (0.17 ha)|
|Operated by||Oregon Parks and Recreation Department|
Kam Wah Chung Company Building
|NRHP Reference #||73001575|
|Added to NRHP||March 20, 1973|
|Designated NHL||September 20, 2005|
|Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site|
|Literal meaning||Kam Wah Chung Pharmacy Historic Site|
The Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum, also known as Kam Wah Chung Company Building, is a state park and a National Historic Landmark that preserves early Chinese culture in John Day in the U.S. state of Oregon. Built in 1866 or 1867 as a trading post along a wagon road later known as The Dalles Military Road, it later became the center of the Chinese community in John Day as a store and apothecary run by Ing Hay (known also as "Doc Hay") and Lung On, Chinese immigrants from Guangdong.
The building remained abandoned after Ing Hay died in 1952. He asked that the building be deeded to the city of John Day with the provision it be turned into a museum. His wish, and the ownership of the building, were forgotten until 1967. While surveying for a new park the city discovered its ownership of the building and began to restore it as it was in the 1940s.
Today the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum contains one of the most extensive collections of materials from the century-long influx of Chinese immigrants in the American West. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and designated a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 2005.
- List of Oregon state parks
- List of National Historic Landmarks in Oregon
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Grant County, Oregon
- Bannan, Jan (2002). Oregon State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide (2nd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. pp. 219–20. ISBN 0-89886-794-0.
- "Kam Wah Chung Company Building" (Statement of Significance). National Historic Landmarks Program, National Park Service. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
- Donovan, Sally; Griffith, Sarah (September 2005), National Historic Landmark Nomination: Kam Wah Chung Company Building (PDF), National Historic Landmarks Program, National Park Service, retrieved July 1, 2011.
- "Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site". Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- "Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum". Oregon State Parks Trust. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- "Kam Wah Chung Company building". Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- Kam Wah Chung Documentary produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting
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