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Posted Date: 2/24/2012 8:15 AM


Oroville’s Chinese Temple just got added to “Rob’s Road Map”

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Vice Mayor Thil Chan Wilcox & Rob Stewart

OROVILLE CA – FEBRUARY 24, 2012 – KVIE Public Television Host Rob Stewart was in Oroville Wednesday to film the Chinese Temple & Museum Complex for an upcoming spot on his popular “Rob on the Road” series which captures the spirit of what makes California great. The museum which contains artifacts that are national, if not international treasures opened in 1949 after having been deeded to the City of Oroville twelve years earlier. On January 9, 2012 the complex was visited by Nancy Rao, Associate Professor from Rutgers University who is writing a book on American Chinese Theaters in the 1920’s and 1940’s. The displayed puppet collection is believed to be one of the oldest collections in the United States and several crates of puppet pieces are currently not displayed.

The Oroville Chinese Temple traces its roots back to the 1860’s when the Chinese community was very vibrant and active in the Oroville area. Three chapels are in existence honoring the major ways of life in China and the museum area includes several buildings containing priceless tapestries, parade umbrellas, costumes, photographs and drawings that depict the Chinese history in Oroville.

The Rob on the Road visit will expose about 600,000 more Californians to the City of Oroville’s Chinese Temple Museum. As Rob said in his Interview,” This is a national treasure”.

Besides visiting the Chinese Temple, Mr. Stewart spent time at the Lake Oroville Dam and seeing the recreational attributes of the lake and the Visitors Center. Visit the KVIE website at, for Rob’s Road Map which provides access to all of the sites that he has stories about that capture the unique spirit of Northern California.

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                                     Vice Mayor Thil Chan Wilcox, Docent Janice Clay and Rob Stewart


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                                                             Mayor Linda Dahlmeier & Rob Stewart


For Immediate Release
Press Release Contact:
Bob Marciniak
City of Oroville
(530) 538-2518

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