The Dalles Chinatown uncovered at Sense of Place lecture Dec. 4

Gorge Owned (GO!) welcomes archeologist Eric Gleason to the Columbia Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Dec. 4, as part of the Sense of Place lecture series. Gleason will present “One Block Through Time: The History and Archaeology of The Dalles Chinatown,” about the 19th century Chinese community that once thrived in The Dalles.

The town saw its first Chinese immigrants in the 1850s, and by the 1880s, had it own Chinatown on East First Street. Gleason will illuminate the formation of and everyday life in this Chinatown with historic maps, photographs and documents from the National Archives.

Gleason moved to The Dalles in 1989 with his wife, Jacqueline Cheung. His passions for archaeology and historic preservation merged with the discovery of a rich archaeological site while restoring an old building downtown. This ongoing project is helping to uncover the history and significance of The Dalles’ Chinatown.

Gleason studied anthropology at Washington State University. He has worked as a field archaeologist for more than four decades, most recently working for the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver.

Gleason’s lecture begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and meet others in the community. The cost of the lecture is $5. Entrance is free for GO! members.

About Gorge Owned

Gorge Owned is a 501(c)(3) member-supported organization based in Hood River. With more than 150 individual and business members, GO! delivers year-round programming that informs and inspires people to invest in a vibrant community, healthy environment and strong local economy.

Programs include the Gorge Green Home Tour, Gorge Green Drinks, the Sense of Place lecture series, GO! Local Month and Gorge Earth Day.

Sense of Place is an annual lecture series sponsored by Gorge Owned that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one other. Learn more and find a full listing of Sense of Place lectures at

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