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CHSA at the Google Cultural Institute

Google Cultural Institute

The Chinese Historical Society of America (CHSA) has added 51 high resolution art works to the Google Cultural Institute, allowing people all over the world to explore their collection of historic images online.
To date, CHSA has contributed 51 photographs and archival material unique to Chinese American communities. … Read More »

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Work of Giants: The Chinese and the Building of the First Transcontinental Railroad


A transcontinental railroad was the dream of President Lincoln to unite the country. Chinese workers played a critical role in the completion of what General Sherman called “the work of giants.” 12,000 Chinese workers labored on this tremendous task and yet were not recognized or included in the celebration, … Read More »

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Earthquake: The Chinatown Story


Chinatown was a bustling neighborhood with many businesses, temples, and associations. When the 1906 Earthquake hit the city, it destroyed large parts of the city. Fires caused by the troops completely decimated Chinatown, leaving the neighborhood in ashes and its citizens fleeing to neighbor districts and cities. Starting on … Read More »

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Julia Morgan Legacy Project


CHSA is proud to present the Julia Morgan Legacy Project, created as part of the 2012 Julia Morgan Festival. Our focus is on the legacy, architecture, and impact of the Julia Morgan designed Chinese YWCA building, which currently houses the CHSA Museum.

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Sun Yat-sen: An American Legacy


To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the modern republic of China, CHSA presents the exhibition Sun Yat-sen: An American Legacy. The exhibition tells the story of the “father of modern China” Dr. Sun Yat-sen and his travels in America as he rallied support to the cause of a … Read More »

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