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Historic portrayal Oct. 20 at the Contra Costa Civic Theater

Scholar Charlie Chin will portray herb doctor Yee Fung Cheung 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Contra Costa Civic Theater, 951 Pomona Ave. Following the enactment, Chin will answer questions.

The performance is part of "History Alive! Chautauqua Presentations," created by the California Council for the Humanities.

These living history performances feature dramatic, historically accurate portrayals of some of the important figures of Gold Rush-era California. The council has developed 13 characters presentation. Between 1998 and the end of 2000, the council will create and fund chautauqua performances in every region of the state.

Friends of the El Cerrito Library and the Contra Costa Civic Theater are co-sponsors of the local event.

Admission is free; no tickets are required.

A famous herb doctor who came from China in 1850 to care for Chinese miners, Yee Fung probably prospected for gold before giving it up to practice herbal medicine. He eventually had offices in Fiddletown, Virginia City, and Sacramento and effected many famous cures as he took care of the sick of all races and nationalities.

* California Council for the Humanities: Rediscovering California at 150

Run dates: 1999-10-02 - 1999-10-20

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