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Chinese Restaurant Project

Now Open:
Chop Suey on the Prairies: Chinese Restaurant Exhibit at the Donalda & District Museum

Every prairie town had a Chinese restaurant on its' main street, and Donalda was no exception. As early as 1913, the Donalda Café was owned by the Poon family, including Jack and Jor, Henry, Wing, Num, and Norman, and the Donalda Hotel had a Chinese cook, Tewar Jikson, in its' café before 1916.

Donalda is the very first stop for the Chop Suey on the Prairies travelling exhibit created by the Royal Alberta Museum. Be the first in your neighbourhood to see what life was like in an early-20th century prairie icon. But hurry. The exibit is only here until December 20, 2010.

Of course, the Donalda & District Museum is in the business of preserving Donalda's history. If you know anything more about any of these restaurants, or the people who operated them, or for more information about the exhibit, please contact the museum office. We'd love to hear from you.

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