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Last Chance to See MHS Groundbreaking Chinese in Montana Exhibit

Friday, June 3, 2016/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags:

                Contact: Tom Cook 406-444-1645 Release: Receipt

LAST CHANCE TO ENJOY MHS CHINESE IN MONTANA EXHIBIT

                Curators of the Montana Historical Society’s “Our Forgotten Pioneers: The Chinese in Montana” exhibit will provide one last public tour of the groundbreaking story of the Chinese experience in Montana.

                On Thursday (June 16) at 6:30 p.m. Rowena Harrington and Ellen Baumler will talk about the exhibit and the response it has gotten from the public.

                The exhibit focuses primarily on the male Chinese that by 1870 made up 10 percent of the Montana territorial population. They helped develop Montana’s mineral resources and laid the tracks of the Northern Pacific across the Northwest.

                However, they also established settlements and businesses in urban areas, paid taxes and provided needed services including medicinal and other cures. Their abandoned neighborhoods fell victim to urban renewal, and their influence on Montana that was never much understood became the stuff of myth and legend.

                The exhibit will be taken down June 27th to make way for a new exhibit on hunting in Montana.

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