We always look forward to the interesting events that pop up in our area as we celebrate National Historic Preservation Month each May. Kimberli Fitzgerald, City Historic Preservation Officer & Staff Archaeologist, visited with us today to share the events planned for the Salem area. One special event is the Heritage Fair that takes place on the Capitol Mall in early May. This event brings together representatives of many of the historic and cultural venues in the state who set up displays showcasing their programs. I learn about a new (or at least new to me) group or program each time I attend. It's free, and there's usually an opportunity to take a tour up to the Golden Pioneer. Salem tends to spread their preservation events over the entire year, so look for future announcements as they become available.
The Hoy Yin Association is an organization focusing on the immigrants from the southern region of China, with 15,000 members here in the Salem area. It is hoped their active participation in both phases of this project will encourage them to continue with the Qing Ming Festival in future years.
An article published by the Keizer Times years ago was recently discovered by staff at the Willamette Heritage Center. The article by Ann Lossner includes an interview with Suie Lai Sun, the third of eight children of Chinatown Mayor George Sun and his wife Leong She Sun, in which he describes a Qing Ming festival in the early 1900s. Suie and his siblings went on to be very active in hop growing and other businesses in Keizer.
Those of us concerned with historic preservation will be interested in legislation being proposed at the Oregon Legislature this year. Check out this link to learn what is being proposed.