History has always been a powerful reminder of our connection with others. Our permanent exhibition showcases a prominent timeline on a central wall to bridge our displayed items with their respective histories. One side of the wall depicts a timeline of Chinese history from the Shang to the Qing dynasty, while the other side depicts the Chinese American immigration story with a focus on Chinese American history in San Diego. The history of our own museum is displayed on a segment at the end of the long wall, which honors the individuals who were key players in establishing the museum that we know today.
The permanent exhibition in our Mission building is story-based and presented in several sections. For example, we have a corner dedicated to Traditional Chinese Medicine. This area includes a herbal cabinet grinding tools, herb samples and other artifacts that you would find in a typical herb shop. Other sections include Religion and Philosophy, Chinese Folk Art, Chinese Laundries, and much more!
Among the many treasures of the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, Ambassador and Mrs. Drumright’s collection of Chinese paintings are certainly highlights. This temporary exhibition on display at our Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Extension celebrates the friendship between the Drumrights and artists of the Republic of China, particularly those they met during the Ambassador’s four year tenure in Taiwan; hence, our show’s title is Ambassador and Mrs. E.F. Drumright's Ink Diplomacy. There are approximately 35 works of art and 12 photos featured in the exhibition.
Docent Tour: Ambassador and Mrs. E.F. Drumright's Ink Diplomacy
Lily Tou Birmingham (SDCHM Director) and Linda DiBenedetto (SDCHM Docent) provide an overview tour of the exhibition, Ambassador and Mrs. E.F. Drumright's Ink Diplomacy. Videographer Alan Su recorded the images featured in this tour video. Elizabeth Hensley C. (SDCHM Grant Writer) produced this edit.