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WAAAM Traffic Jam – A Car Show and More
Jul 8 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Vehicles (all types including cars, motorcycles, trucks, etc.) are welcome to participate in the show. On Friday registered participants and their guests “cruise the gut” and end the day with food and a drive-in movie.

Saturday is the Car Show and other fun activities with judging and prizes for entrants and drawings for visitors.

WAAAM is located three miles from downtown Hood River at 1600 Air Museum Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Call (541) 308-1600 for more information or visit

Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files: A Treasure Trove
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files produced a treasure trove of original documents. Trish Hackett Nicola’s presentation, “Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files: A Treasure Trove of Original Documents” on Friday, August 25 at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, will give you background information about what was happening in China and the U.S. leading up to passage of the Act, tell you who was excluded, and the dates the Act was in existence. Learn about paper sons and daughters. See examples of documents and photos from the files, with some specifically from The Dalles. Find out how and where to find the files for your research.

The purpose of the Chinese Exclusion Act was to limit the number of Chinese entering the United States, exclude laborers, and prevent the Chinese already here from becoming naturalized citizens. The Act created thousands and thousands of files. Most files contain photos and biographical information on the applicant who was frequently questioned in great detail about his family, home and village in China.

Trish Hackett Nicola, a Certified Genealogist, is a volunteer at the National Archives-Seattle and has worked with the Chinese Exclusion Act Case files for over fifteen years. She has a blog at, and has given many presentations and written articles about the act and the case files. She is a retired CPA and librarian and now works as a professional genealogist and historian.

A pre-program dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will start at 7 p.m. The dinner menu includes halibut, vegetable and cashew biryani (golden raisins), salad, and lemon bars for dessert. Tickets for the dinner and program are $22; the program only is $5. Tickets must be purchased by Wed., August 23. For more information or tickets, phone (541) 296-8600 ext. 201.

Annual Hood River Fly-In
Sep 9 @ 8:00 am – Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm

Enjoy hundreds of visiting airplanes, food and activities. See airplanes close at hand and visit with the pilots. Airplane and biplane rides. Acres of free parking.

Come celebrate WAAAM Air and Auto Museum’s Tenth Anniversary. Museum open 9-5. Lions Club breakfast 8am Sat/Sun.

WAAAM is located three miles from downtown Hood River at 1600 Air Museum Road, Hood River, OR 97031. Call (541) 308-1600 for more information or visit