Prudence Mook: Merced's own grand historian

May 4, 2013 

What a treasure Sarah Lim is to this community! Her articles in the Sun-Star about Merced County history are so informative. I cut them out and have them stored in a large box.

For years, I taught third grade and used a wonderful booklet about Merced history put together by the Historical Society. The section about Merced's Chinatown stated that it was torn down to make room for Highway 99. Field trips to the Courthouse Museum afforded students the opportunity to see some relics rescued before Chinatown was destroyed.

I was so interested in the information provided in Sarah's article this week about Chinatown. Her thoughts on the rights of groups to preserve their cultural heritage from being erased caused me to ponder this issue. I can't wait to see the new exhibit opening at the Courthouse Museum this Thursday called "Wherever There's Fight" to see how other groups have maintained their culture and history.

How wonderful to live in a community where a lovely theater built in 1931 has been restored, and to have a museum director with the research skills of Sarah Lim. Both are treasures, indeed.

PRUDENCE MOOK

Atwater

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