Legacy Project Update


On Sunday, March 3, the Legacy Project held a meeting open to members and parents.  The purpose of the meeting was two-fold.  First, to review photographs taken back in the day and identify (as best we could) the people, the date and event where the pictures were taken and second, we wanted to show the progress we have made to date. 


The turnout for this meeting was great!  Present at the meeting were over 25 members and parents representing the 1950s, 1960s, and the 1970s.   As we all saw the photos on a large screen we were flooded with memories of the past, a picture would remind someone of an event or story and others would then add to the story.  It was an interesting and enlightening meeting and I want to thank all of you who took the time to attend the meeting and demonstrate the importance of keeping the memories of our Corps alive.


We are not nearly finished with this project.  As told to the people at the meeting we are still in the preliminary planning stages for the project and the eventual exhibit.  This was just the “tip of the iceberg”.  We are still collecting Corps artifacts and memorabilia.  As a matter of fact, Cynthia Quan gave us some 8mm film reels that her father filmed.  We will be the reviewing them soon.  It’s like finding a treasure and we can’t wait to “open” it.  Speaking of opening, we are currently planning a “soft opening” on June 8, 2013 with the grand opening in the Spring of 2014, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the birth of the Corps.


When we decide on what and how to display the Legacy Project we will need help from members and friends to help put it together.  I truly hope that when the call goes out for help you will be able to donate a few hours to help bring the project to fruition.  Please don’t hesitate to call us now if you are interested in working on the project.  We need all the help we can.


Albeit a long time from now, as we approach the conclusion of the project we will undoubtedly need some financial assistance.  We have been fortunate to date in that all our expenses have been covered by the individual project members.  The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (CHSSC) has graciously let us use their facilities for our meetings and will house the project at 411 Bernard Street.  They will also help with minor construction costs to facilitate the exhibit.  There will probably be some additional construction cost for the project.  We don’t know what those costs will be at this time.  We are hopeful for some financial support from Corps members and friends will augment our current treasury.


That is all to report for now.  We have tentatively scheduled our next meeting for April7, 2013, 1:00pm at CHSSC 411 Bernard Street (across the street from the parking entrance for Empress Pavilion, between Broadway and Hope Streets).  Hope to see you there!