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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

Columbia River Indian Summer
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Don’t miss Columbia River Indian Summer on September 9th at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. This free event will feature artisans, musicians and vendors throughout the day from our regional Native American community.

The programming will includes flute music by Foster Kalama, tule mat making demonstrations by Taaw-lee- Winch, traditional Indian games and drumming with Jefferson Greene, a Northwest Twined Pouch Workshop by Pat Courtney Gold, and local craft vendors. A salmon lunch and Indian fry bread will be available for purchase on a first come first served basis beginning at 12:00 noon.

“We want to offer the opportunity for local indigenous peoples to showcase their culture and history at our facility,” said Executive Director Carolyn Purcell. This is part of an ongoing Indigenous Voices Project funded in part by grants from Trust Management Services, Oregon Historic Trails Fund and Wy’East Fund of Oregon Community Foundation, and Oregon Folklife Network.

For more information call 541-296- 8600 ext. 201, or visit