The goal of our project is to open a museum of Chinese history in Historic Folsom, to tell the story of the Chinese immigrants who came to our region starting with the 1849 California Gold Rush. These courageous people helped define what Folsom and California are today.
We plan to convert the property at 917 Sutter Street, in Historic Folsom, into the Howard Sr. and Mabel Chan Museum. This museum will commemorate the impact of Chinese and other Asian immigrants on the history of California and Folsom. This effort is supported by members of the Chan family, direct descendants of Oak Chan, considered the first mayor of Folsom’s Chinatown.
For the past few years, the Heritage Preservation League of Folsom and the Folsom Historical Society have been working with members of Folsom’s Chan family to preserve one of the last remnants of Folsom’s Chinese heritage—the Chan House—from certain demolition. The goal is to restore the Chan House, and its garden, so it can be used:
- To preserve and display local Chinese artifacts found during the 1999 construction of Folsom Lake Crossing.
- To tell the story of Chinese in 19th Century California.
- For academic research on Folsom and California ethnic history.
- To commemorate the impact of Chinese and other Asian immigrants on the history of Folsom and California.