Re­gional his­tory, cul­ture re­mem­bered in lo­cal mu­se­ums

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - VIEWS - By ZHUANG TI zhuanti@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Weifang Hi-tech In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Zone plans to build more sub­dis­trict and vil­lage-level mu­se­ums to pre­serve fam­ily tree doc­u­ments and anec­dotes that have cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal value, as high-ris­ing build­ings re­place shan­ty­towns in the re­gion’s up­grade plan.

The move will help res­i­dents who once lived in shan­ty­towns to re­mem­ber their an­ces­tors and fam­ily his­tory. It will also en­rich lo­cal peo­ple’s cul­tural lives and al­low the younger gen­er­a­tions to learn more about the city ’s de­vel­op­ment his­tory.

“We w i l l c o l l e c t s t o r i e s about the cul­ture and fa­mous peo­ple of the zone. It will help young peo­ple to bet­ter un­der­stand tra­di­tional cul­ture and cher­ish our city,” s a i d C h a i Ji a n k u n , a s t a ff mem­ber from Xin’gang sub­dis­trict.

Fo u r sub­dis­tricts — Xincheng, Xin’gang, Qingchi and Xin­chang — each will have a mu­seum to record sto­ries about fa­mous peo­ple in the area. Each mu­seum will ob­tain no more than 1 mil­lion yuan ($147,000) in sup­port­ing funds from the zone.

Xin’gang sub­dis­trict mu­seum, cov­er­ing more than 3,000 square me­ters, will be open to the pub­lic soon. The to­tal in­vest­ment reached 10 mil­lion yuan, ac­cord­ing to the zone.

There will be 37 vil­lage-level mu­se­ums to col­lect typ­i­cal items, such as agric ul­tural tools, to re­flect lo­cal peo­ple’s lifestyles. Each mu­seum will be el­i­gi­ble for no more than 300,000 yuan in sub­si­dies to

We have a much bet­ter life nowa­days. We should not for­get our his­tory and ex­cel­lent tra­di­tions.” Xu Xizhi, a res­i­dent in the Shan­houxu com­mu­nity will col­lect typ­i­cal items, such as agri­cul­tural tools, to re­flect lo­cal peo­ple’s lifestyles

cover con­struc­tion and oper­a­tion cost in the com­mu­nity.

“We have a much bet­ter life nowa­days. We should not for­get our his­tory and ex­cel­lent tra­di­tions,” said Xu Xizhi, a res­i­dent in the Shan­houxu com­mu­nity.

The mu­se­ums’ con­struc­tion plan gained strong sup­port from lo­cal res­i­dents. Many res­i­dents shared sto­ries about their an­ces­tors and fam­i­lies to ex­pand the col­lec­tions of the ar­chives.

Liu Yinghong con­trib­uted to this story.

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