Site prepared for Chinese Massacre Memorial

<p>Volunteers work at preparing the site for the Chinese Massacre Memorial, which will be dedicated along the Snake River this summer.</p>

Volunteers were recently hard at work performing site preparation near the Snake River for the installation of the Chinese Massacre Memorial, which will be dedicated June 22 in conjunction with the Chinese Remembering 2012 conference in Lewiston, Idaho.

While at the site they reportedly cleared brush covering a structure probably used by the Chinese miners, across Deep Creek from the existing Chinese walls.

“The finding of this second structure adds to the historical significance of Chinese Massacre Cove,” said Greg Nokes, a founding member of the memorial committee. “Kudos to those who found it.”

The memorial stone to be placed June 22 is in the process of being engraved. It measures about four feet by five feet and weighs 1,600 pounds. It will be delivered to the site by helicopter.

Registration to take part in the two-day Chinese Remembering event at Lewis-Clark State College – including a full-day jet boat ride into Hells Canyon for the dedication – is still open.

The event includes lectures on June 21 that will feature historians and presenters around the Northwest, plus an evening reception at the Center for Arts and History and access to the restored Beuk Aie Temple and many Chinese artifacts.

The highlight of this year’s event is the dedication of a granite memorial along with a brief healing ceremony at Chinese Massacre Cove where up to 34 Chinese miners were murdered for their gold. The jet boat ride to the site is limited to 100 only, so early registration is recommended.

The cost for the first day is $30, and for the jet boat outing, including lunch and refreshments, $135. It is possible to attend one or both days, though both days are recommended.

To register and for more info, visit www.chineseremembering.org.

Fundraising for the memorial is still under way. Checks should be made out to nonprofit partner Confluence Press and mailed to Chinese Memorial, 2220 2nd St., Lewiston, ID 83501 or made through Pay Pal on the Chinese Remembering website.

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