Category Archives: Public Programs

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!

 

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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Historic Film Festival lineup announced for Winter/Spring 2015!

Attention movie lovers!

The winter/spring 2015 lineup of the wildly popular Historic Film Festival aboard the SS Red Oak Victory (ROV) has been announced! Please note the Film Festival will take place on Tuesday evenings rather than the usual Thursday evenings for the foreseeable future. All films begin at 7:00 pm.

January 20, 2015–The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

February 17, 2015–So Proudly We Hail! (1943)

March 17, 2015–Shining Through (1992)

April 14, 2015–Force of Arms (1951)

May 12,2015–The Josephine Baker Story (1991)

The ROV concession stand will be open during the Film Festival, so join us for a movie, popcorn, and hot chocolate!

*Updated January 15, 2015*