Fueling the Boom: Chinese Woodcutters in the Great Basin 1870-1920, Perspectives from a Historical Archaeologist

 In the 1860s, the first Chinese immigrants found their way to Aurora, Nevada. By the 1870’s, they had settled along King Street in Bodie, California, creating a sizable Chinatown. By the 1880’s, they cornered the woodcutting market, providing cord-wood and charcoal to neighboring residents, businesses, and ranches. While the Chinese left behind few written records of their own, they are recorded in the historical documents of others, as well as in the artifacts and sites they left behind. In this talk, Emily Dale will discuss how historical records, archaeological data, descendant communities, and public archaeology painted a portrait of the lives and choices of the Chinese men who used the material culture curated in this exhibit.


Emily Dale is a Lecturer at Northern Arizona University, specializing in the Historical Archaeology of the 19th-and 20th-century American West. Her research focuses on immigration, culture contact, and ethnic and racial discrimination. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nevada-Reno in 2016. As co-curator of the Fueling the Boom exhibit, she drew heavily on her dissertation “Chinese Agency in the Era of the Chinese Question: Historical Archaeology of Woodcutting Communities in Nevada, 1861-1920.” She is currently working on several publications related to her work on the Chinese of Aurora and their associated woodcutting camps.

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06/27/2019 18:30:0006/27/2019 20:00:00America/Los_AngelesFrances Humphrey Lecture Series: Fueling the Boom: Chinese Woodcutters in the Great Basin 1870-1920, Prespectives from a Historical Archaeologist by Emily Dale, Ph.D.Reno, NV
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