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An Afternoon with Calvin Fong Program is a HUGE Success!

The Richmond Museum of History hosted Calvin Fong on April 11, 2015 to speak about Fong Wan’s shrimping business in Richmond from approximately 1934-1948. We suspected the program would be popular as we had many phone calls inquiring leading up to the day, but we were happily surprised that nearly 100 people were in attendance! We literally did not have enough chairs for everyone, so it was standing room only!

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Calvin Fong speaks to the audience packed in the Seaver Gallery at the Richmond Museum of History.
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Another view of Calvin Fong speaking to museum guests about his father, Fong Wan, shrimping business in Richmond, California (1934-1948).

Many descendants of Chinese shrimpers from Richmond were in the audience as well! Elaine Lee Wong who is the daughter of Gar Lee, the general manager for Fong Wan Shrimp Company graciously attended and it was her first time at the Richmond Museum. We were also delighted to have many members of Fong Wan’s family in the audience including four of his sons and at least one Granddaughter. What a treat to learn that one of the Fong brother’s flew in from Colorado Springs just to attend this program at the Richmond Museum.

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Descendants of Chinese shrimpers in Richmond, Elaine Lee Wong and Calvin Fong. discuss their fathers joint business in front of a map in the exhibit.
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Descendants of Chinese Shrimpers in Richmond at the lecture including the four surviving Fong brothers and Elaine (Lee) Wong.

Thank you again to Calvin Fong and the entire Fong family for sharing your family history with the Richmond community!

Crab Feed aboard the SS Red Oak Victory a success!

On Saturday January 31, 2015, the crew of the SS Red Oak Victory (ROV) hosted the 1st ever crab feed aboard the ship in the special events room also known as cargo hold #4. The crew was so happy that everyone reported to be stuffed after a lovely evening of warm crab with butter sauce, Caesar salad, and artisan bread! The weather that day was unseasonably warm to the delight of the guests. Tickets were sold out over a week before the event, so we had a full house of 150 people!

A full house aboard the SS Red Oak Victory for the first ever crab feed!
A full house aboard the SS Red Oak Victory for the first ever crab feed!
Richmond Museum Association Board President John Ziesenhenne welcomes guests, with event planner Marsha Tomassi and main chef Victor Shepard.
Richmond Museum Association Board President John Ziesenhenne welcomes guests, with event planner Marsha Tomassi and main chef Victor Shepard.

The ROV crew was delighted to be joined by the Sea Scouts of the SS Northland  who helped the crew serve, bus tables, and clean up!! Thank you Sea Scouts! The ROV crew was also joined by Chef Jerry Clopp and the students of the Hercules High School Culinary Academy, who assisted Victor Shepard in preparing the food. Thank you students!

Crew of the SS Northland
Crew of the SS Northland

The following set of crab fest 2015 images were submitted by local leader Joe Fisher of Fisher Realty. Thanks Joe! The first crab fest was such a huge success, that we plan on doing it again next year. So check in with us in December 2015 for tickets to the 2016 RMA crab fest!

View of the Bay the evening of crab fest 2015
View of the Bay the evening of crab fest 2015
RMA board secretarhy Sandi Genser-Maack and Lynn Maack working the registration table
RMA board secretarhy Sandi Genser-Maack and Lynn Maack working the registration table
Stacey Dillon of Stacey & Co
Stacey Dillon of Stacey & Co
Bartenders John Z. and Nico of M.A. Hays
Bartenders John Z. and Nico of M.A. Hays
Guests before dinner
Guests before dinner
RMA board member Desiree Heveroh hard at work serving salad
RMA board member Desiree Heveroh hard at work serving guests
Time to eat!
Time to eat!
Everyone loved the crab
Everyone loved the crab
RMA Board vice-president Jeff Wright and his lovely wife Tyra Wright.
RMA Board vice-president Jeff Wright and his lovely wife Tyra Wright.
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Table 7
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Table 1
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Table 3
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Table 4
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Table 5
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Table 10
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Table 11
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The Richmond Museum Association welcomes a new Director!

At the annual membership meeting of the Richmond Museum Association (RMA) held on January 11, 2015, Ms. Lydia Stewart of Stewart’s Rose Manor Funeral Service was elected as the newest member of the RMA Board of Directors!

Ms. Stewart comes to the RMA with impressive credentials!! She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She has performed graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and also at the University of San Francisco Law School. She has taught English to middle  and high school students for both West Contra Costa and Los Angeles Unified School Districts.  Also being schooled in the Performing Arts, she has taught Drama and Dance at the East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond, California.

Some of Ms. Stewart’s Honors and Awards are as follows:

  • 2001 “Woman of the Year” by the Business and Professional Woman’s Federation
  • 2002 “Young Funeral Director of the Year” by the California Funeral Directors Association
  • 2003 Honored for her contribution to African American Entrepreneurship by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • 2003 Honored by the Phylaxis Society for Bucks/Business in the four B’s Award Program
  • 2003 Honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by Soroptimist International
  • 2010 Honored by the Beta Pi Sigma Sorority as a “Woman of Valor” and recognized by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and City of Richmond
  • 2010 Awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for contributions to the community from Elisabeth Missionary Baptist Church at their “History Making Program”
  • 2010 Honored and recognized by the California Funeral Directors Association for significant contributions to the funeral industry
  • 2013 Received Honorable Judge George Carroll Community Service Award by the “Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC)
  • 2013 Certificate of Recognition from California Senate for Exemplary Work and Outstanding Dedication
  • 2013 Certificate of Recognition from California Legislature Assembly for Continued Commitment to Community
  • 2013 Certificate of Achievement from the US State Congressman for community service

 

Welcome to the RMA, Lydia!

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