Donaldina Cameron House
Originally founded in 1874 by the Presbyterian Church as the Occidental Mission Home for Girls, the building's initial purpose was to intervene on behalf of vulnerable young Asian immigrants. Donaldina Cameron arrived at the home at the age of 23 and worked as a sewing teacher. Two years later, without any prior experience, she became the superintendent. Over the next forty years, she would save thousands of Chinese girls from indentured servitude and human trafficking.
Backstory and Context
The home survived the great earthquake of 1906 but had to be purposefully destroyed in order to prevent the fires from spreading. Following the fires, the home was rebuilt and still stands to this day.
Cameron House. San Francisco China Town. Accessed May 07, 2017. http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/attractions/cameronhouse.html.
Peterson, Art. Donaldina Cameron House Historical Essay. Found SF. Accessed May 07, 2017. http://www.foundsf.org/index.php?title=Donaldina_Cameron_House.