Deadwood’s Chinatown featured in State Historical Society journal

Deadwood's Chinatown featured in State Historical Society journal The struggles and successes of Chinese immigrants who lived and worked in the American West are profiled in a special historic preservation issue of South Dakota History, the official journal of the South Dakota State Historical Society.

In "Ethnic Oasis: Chinese Immigrants in the Frontier Black Hills," Liping Zhu explores the experiences of the Chinese who arrived with the Black Hills gold rush of the late 1870s. Zhu, an associate professor of history at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, addresses all aspects of the lives of these immigrants, who became accepted members of the non-Chinese community.

Rose Estep Fosha, senior archaeologist with the South Dakota State Historical Society, presents the historical archaeology of the Chinese in Deadwood in her article, "The Archaeology of Deadwood's Chinatown: A Prologue."�Fosha's article includes color photographs of artifacts recovered during excavations conducted from 2001 through 2003.

"Archaeology and the Chinese Experience in Nevada," by Donald L. Hardesty, professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada in Reno, gives insight into Chinese life in Nevada during the mid-to-late 1800s. Through census records and archaeological findings, Hardesty documents the lives of the Chinese who worked in mining, railroad-building and business in the area. �

During the late 1800s, the Chinese population in western Wyoming clustered into several communities along the Union Pacific Railroad.�A. Dudley Gardner, who teaches historical archaeology at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, explores the archaeological record of these settlements in "The Chinese in Wyoming: Life in the Core and Peripheral Communities."

Granville G. Bennett, a judge and congressman from Dakota Territory who worked to ensure that the Chinese and others received equal treatment under the law, is profiled in "Dakota Images."

South Dakota History is a benefit of membership in the South Dakota State Historical Society, an office of the Department of Tourism and State Development. Individual copies of the magazine and memberships may be purchased from the society at 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217; telephone, (605) 773-3458; Web site,

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