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How World War I Changed Richmond – Free Community Reception March 11, 2pm

World War I Exhibit – How World War I Changed Richmond

DATES:  March 11? June 30, 2017

Richmond Museum of History
400 Nevin Avenue, Richmond, CA 94802
Open: 1?4pm Wednesday through Sunday
Fees: Adults is $5 or Seniors/Students $3, Children are FREE!

Public Programs:
Karen English, April 8, 2pm, Poetry of World War I
Susan Anderson, June 3, 2pm, World War I,
Resistance and the New Negro in California

2017 Annual Membership Meeting of the Richmond Museum Association


Thanks so much to all the members of the Richmond Museum Association (RMA) who attended the annual meeting on Sunday February 26, 2017! The event was productive, informative and fun! Executive Director Melinda McCrary provided a report on the 2016 activities at the Richmond Museum of History. Director of Ship’s Operations and newly elected board member Johannes Hoech gave a similar report for the SS Red Oak Victory. Congrats to both Melinda and Johannes for successful 2016 at the Museum and Ship!

Congratulations to the new RMA board members that were elected by the membership at the meeting! Michael Davenport, Lynn Maack, Johannes Hoech and (incumbent) Jeffrey Wright have joined the board for the 2017-2020 cycle. The meeting finished with a riveting presentation by Mayor of Richmond Thomas K. Butt. Thank you to all who attended and for your continued support!


RMA Fundraising Dinner at the Galileo Club on January 29, 2016!


The Galileo Club hosted a dinner to benefit the Richmond Museum Association on January 29 and a good time was had by all the guests! Thank you to everyone who joined us on January 29, 2016 to Celebrate 1905 & the Incorporation of Richmond!

Thank you to Richmond resident Lisa Foote for capturing the evening in these lovely images!

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!

Calvin Fong speaks to the audience packed in the Seaver Gallery at the Richmond Museum of History.
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.

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.
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!

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