“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cedar City in Iron County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Heroine of China

Helen Foster Snow


1907 – 1997

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By Bill Kirchner, June 16, 2014
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Inscription. Born and raised in Cedar City, Helen Foster Snow was a journalist, traveler, thinker, and activist who was present during the revolutionary period leading up to the establishment of the People's Republic of China and became a heroine to the people of the war-torn land. She was and still is revered as one who played an important role in rallying the Chinese people to oppose the occupation of the country by the Japanese in the 1930s and as one who helped organize support for the Chinese cause in the capitals of the Western World.

Helen Snow was a prolific writer. Using the pseudonym, Nym Wales, nearly 25 of her 50 books and manuscripts were written on China, and some are considered a primary historical source of the period. The most lasting and important accomplishment of the decade she spent in China was the major role she played in the founding of the Gung-Ho industrial cooperatives that spread throughout China, and India as well, serving as a laboratory for democracy, teaching principles of self-government, self-help and mutual endeavor, resulting in two Nobel Peace Prize nominations.

When she died on January 11, 1997, four public functions were held to honor her (two in China and two in the United States) including one in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing with many of China's leaders in attendance. In Xi'an,
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By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2012
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China, a permanent exhibition of her life and works was instituted and, some years later, a school was named in her honor and a statue was erected at the school's entrance.
Location. 37° 40.863′ N, 113° 3.691′ W. Marker is in Cedar City, Utah, in Iron County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and East 200 North, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Click for map. Marker is on the northeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Cedar City UT 84721, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Escalante Trail (a few steps from this marker); Cedar City Railroad Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneer Stockman (about 700 feet away); The Social Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ward Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Deseret Iron Works (approx. mile away); Cedar City Tabernacle (approx. mile away); Pioneer Iron Works Blast Furnace (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Cedar City.
Also see . . .  Helen Foster Snow – A Utah Pioneer. Helen Foster Snow continues to be a significant figure in American and Chinese history because she was a native of Utah who made a copious number of contributions to China during the 1930s. (Submitted on September 17, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.)
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By Bill Kirchner, June 16, 2014
3. Helen Foster Snow
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