Sponsored by Wilsonville Library Foundation & Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society

“The Three Kichis: The First Japanese in the Pacific Northwest”

Wilsonville History Night

presented by

Gunnar Abramson

history instructor and historian

  • 5 p.m. doors; 6:30 p.m. event |
  • Free |
  • All ages welcome

About “The Three Kichis: The First Japanese in the Pacific Northwest”

Learn the true story of three Japanese sailors who washed up on the coast of what is now Washington state in 1834 after their small trading vessel, crippled beyond repair by a sudden storm, had drifted for over a year across the Pacific. These men were the first known Japanese migrants in this region and later traveled far and wide. From meeting with John McLoughlin – the “Father of Oregon” – at Fort Vancouver, to later helping advance the penetration into their home country by Western trading powers – and the progression of Japan's modernization in turn – their story is one of resilience, exploration, cross-cultural discovery, and both personal disaster and triumph. Most applicable to our own time, their remarkable voyages and sojourns all over the world foreshadowed our globalized world of today... over one hundred and eighty years ago.

About the speaker
Gunnar Abramson is a local college history teacher and is currently writing a history of  Japanese emigres to Oregon from 1880–1950, with particular emphasis on those who settled along the Columbia River. He is a volunteer for the Crown Point Country Historical Society in Corbett, Oregon.

About Wilsonville History Night


Join us for beer and history, Co-Sponsored by the Wilsonville Public Library and Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society, the Oregon Encyclopedia, and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local and regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

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