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Tue, April 3 2018 at 6:00 PM
Polly Bemis: A Chinese American Pioneer

Polly Bemis, Idaho’s most famous Chinese woman, lived here for over 60 years. Although owned at first by a Warren, Idaho, Chinese businessman, she later married Charles Bemis. Charlie died in 1922 and Polly died in 1933. Since her death, fictionalized versions of Polly’s life often state that she was a prostitute or that Charlie Bemis won her in a poker game. Primary sources provide evidence showing that both statements are myths.

sponsor: Community Library Network @ Post Falls
contact: Twylla Rehder
phone: (208) 772-7405
location: Post Falls Library, 821 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, ID
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