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Presentation and Walking Tour – Sites of the Historical Chinese Community with Larry Smith

  • Jacksonville Community Center Great Room
  • Walking Tour
  • February 12, 2022
  • Saturday, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

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Presentation and Walking Tour – Sites of the Historical Chinese Community with Larry Smith

Walking Tour

Saturday, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 12, 2022

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Presentation and Walking Tour – Sites of the Historical Chinese Community with Larry Smith

Walking Tour

Saturday, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
February 12, 2022

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Saturday, February 12th

1:30 pm- 3:00 pm

$5 Fee (scholarships available)

Pre-registration strongly recommended. 

Presenter: Larry Smith

Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Please be advised: If a class needs to be cancelled or changed in some way, registrants will receive an email at least an hour before class. Please check your email prior to attending our classes.


Long-time Jacksonville residents may know about the history of Chinese immigrants during the town’s gold rush era and the decades that followed, but newer residents may be unaware of the important contributions of these workers and business owners in that period. The town had an active Chinese quarter with stores, hotels and boarding houses, a doctor, carpenters and laundries. Despite facing racial discrimination in relation to owning property, taxation and operating businesses, notably mines, hundreds of immigrants lived here, some developing robust businesses and serving in leadership roles. Learn about the fascinating history of these energetic and resourceful inhabitants!

Thanks to the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association (SOCCA), our co-sponsor for this program, we are pleased to announce that those attending will have the chance to win one of several unique items related to Chinese culture. In addition, each participant will receive a memento of Chinese New Year.

About the Presenter: Larry Smith

Larry Smith taught 5th grade at the Jacksonville Elementary School for 35 years. Although he is semi-retired, he continues to work as a substitute teacher for the Medford School District. He has done many presentations and tours of the Chinese Quarter in Jacksonville during the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations in years past. Larry was also a National Park Ranger at Crater Lake for 23 summers. He is a founding member of the Jacksonville Woodlands Association and has served in many roles in that organization, currently as Executive Director. He is currently writing a history of the Jacksonville Woodlands. 

 

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