Chinatown stories event opens Friday

The Asian Cultural Experience and the Historic Harvey House are opening an exhibit that celebrates the history of Chinatown and its multiple ethnic communities, examines its present and introduces new plans for the future.

Stories of Salinas Chinatown opens at 5 p.m. Friday. The event is presented with CSU Monterey Bay’s School of Social Behavior and Global Studies and the Service Learning Institute, and is funded by the Community Foundation for Monterey County.  The exhibit celebrates the history of Chinatown and its multiple ethnic communities, examines its present, and new plans for its future.

  • Read first-person accounts of residents who grew up, attended school, and worked in Chinatown; explore the early neighborhood and streets; listen to its sounds and learn about the cultures that flourished there.
  • Unearthed in 2017, various ceramic shards will be displayed from May 3rd to July 31st. These objects were found during Chinatown’s archaeological monitoring and data recovery for cultural resources during construction of the Haciendas III Housing Project.
  • An exhibit gallery guide created for children and parents in English and Spanish will be available, as well as curriculum handouts for students, grades 3- through 5.

Dates: May 3rd through July 31st.  Open every Saturday 10 a.m.- to 3 p.m. and every first Friday of the month, May, June and July,  5- to 8 p.m.

First Public Opening: May 3rd from 5- to 8 p.m. during Salinas First Friday Art Walk.

Where: Historic Harvey House (First Mayor’s House) Education Center, near the Salinas Train Station.

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