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Fiddletown Preservation Society Author Reception
August 30, 2015
The Fiddletown Preservation Society reception at the Fiddletown Schoolhouse was an unqualified succes attended by more people than the hall could accommodate. Presentations about the book by author Elaine Zorbas followed by Sonia Ng, Chinese historian and authority on the Chinese language, were well received. The author personally dedicated and signed books after the presentations.
August 8, 2015
You are invited to a reception hosted by the Fiddletown Preservation Society to launch a new book by author Elaine Zorbas. Banished and Embraced: The Chinese in Fiddletown and the Mother Lode makes its first appearance at this event. The book presents the experience of Chinese immigrants during and after the Gold Rush in Fiddletown and Amador County towns, showing how they formed close communities to counter hostility prevalent in California. The story of the Chew Kee Store’s residents, especially Jimmie Chow, demonstrates cultural adaptation and eventual acceptance into the community at large.
The reception will occur on Saturday, August 29 from 2:00-5:00 at the Fiddletown Schoolhouse. Elaine will talk about the book at 2:00 and be accessible afterwards to answer questions and sign-copies. The total cost of the book (including taxes) is $20.00. Copies of her first book, Fiddletown: from Gold Rush to Rediscovery will also be available for purchase.
Come also to have beverages and light snacks. This is the first public event to take place in the Fiddletown Schoolhouse since the installation of a septic system and reinforcement of its foundation. The schoolhouse celebrated its 150th Anniversary three years ago.
The Chew Kee Store is open that day from 12:00-4:00 and is well worth a visit. The Fiddletown Schoolhouse is located on American Flat Road, south of Main Street.