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Couple honored for host work at Kam Wah Chung

June 14, 2017

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has recognized Mel and Mary Magers as recipients of the 2016 Gen Angdahl Award, honoring outstanding park hosts. The Magers were one of eight nominees for the award.

Park rangers nominated them for last year's work at Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site near John Day. The couple took the time to become more knowledgeable about Chinese-American history and promoted the park even while not working as hosts. The couple will return to Kam Wah Chung this season.

In the last six years, the couple have logged over 3,700 hours of service in six different locations.

Gen Angdahl was a longtime park host who logged over 10,000 hours of volunteer service. After her death in 1997, OPRD established the award as a way to honor her 10 years of service. It recognizes hosts for their outstanding volunteer contributions, including park maintenance and interpretive work.