Kelly House Sunday Afternoon: Chinese Contribution to Mendocino

Lorraine Hee-Chorley to Speak at the Kelley House

“Chinese Contributions to Mendocino: A Promise Kept” is the title of our next “Sunday Afternoon With . . . Lorraine Hee-Chorley” to be held at the Kelley House Museum on Sunday, June 26th at 4:00 p.m.  As many locals know, Lorraine Hee-Chorley dedicated much of her time and talents to the preservation of her family’s roots, and those of other Chinese pioneers who settled here in the earliest years.

In 2009, Lorraine wrote the book Chinese in Mendocino, which was published as part of the “Images of America” series, made so familiar to browsers of bookstores through Arcadia Publishing.  Ms. Hee-Chorley is a fourth generation descendant of one of Mendocino’s first Chinese settlers; and along with a other family members, has worked tirelessly for the continued preservation and recognition of the Temple of Kwan Tai.  The Temple is a California Historic Landmark, and a “category 1 structure” within the Mendocino National Historic District.  Mendocino’s Temple of Kwan Tai is one of seven historic temples in California.

The dedication of her book provides a clue as to the meaning of the title of Lorraine’s presentation, and reads as follows:

            To the first Chinese settlers of Mendocino County and to my parents, George    

Please plan to join us for the lesser known stories of the Chinese pioneers and the contributions they made to the establishment and growth of Mendocino and the coastal region.



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