Chan House Restoration & Chinese Museum Project A coordinated effort by the Friends of Chan House, the Heritage Preservation League and the Folsom Historical Society to complete the revitalization of Sutter Street
Over a Century of Chinese History in Folsom The history of the Chinese in Folsom is a story of hard work and endurance in the face of adversity, one that will be told for generations to come as this project becomes a reality. In 1878, there were large numbers Chinese mining in and around Folsom, ranging between 1,500 and 3,500 at a time throughout the Gold Mining days. Chinese miners are reported as outnumbering all others though they are seldom mentioned in official records or newspapers. Legal barriers left them unable to hold land and they sold their gold to Chinese companies, perhaps funding the 1911 Sun Yat Sen revolution in China
Early Drawings and Photographs of Chinese in Northern California
The Chinese Presence in Recollections of other early Folsom Residents ” No story on Folsom could be told without relating the activities of the largest Chinatown outside San Francisco. Here were lotteries, stores and fantastic celebrations. Their New Years was attended by almost as many white people as Chinese.” Minnie Blair, 1903 Long time Folsom residents Carrie Teceira & Bill Rumsey, recalled groups of Chinese miners walking to their work in the gold mines c. 1913-1915.
Preserving History The Chan family rented at 917 Sutter because they could not purchase property until the 1943 repeal of Chinese Exclusion Act. The house remains one of the only Chinese owned homes in Folsom’s Historic District. During the 1999 excavation of the remaining “Chinatown” in Folsom, on land now below the Lake Natoma Crossing, over 50 boxes of Chinese artifacts were discovered and catalogued. The Folsom Historical Society is prepared to display these in a permanent collection, once space is obtained with the restoration of the Chan house. Folsom will have three historical museums within walking distance of each other and the ability to display our towns full history to visitors.
Folsom’s Chinese Artifacts Courtesy of P.A.R. Environmental
Tourism In CaliforniaTotal direct travel spending in California was $95.1 billion in 2010, a 7.5 percentincrease from 2009 spending. Travel spending in California directly supported 873,000jobs, with earnings of $29.9 billion. Travel spending generated the greatest number ofjobs in arts, entertainment and recreation (209,000 jobs), and accommodations and foodservice (516,000 jobs). Source: industry.visitcalifornia.com
Chinese Tourism in California China has become the fourth-largest source of international tourists for California. In 2010, the number of Chinese visitors to California grew by 49 percent year-on- year to 399,000 and they spent $648 million in the Golden State. California Travel and Tourism Commission forecasts the number of Chinese visitors from China to California will increase 18 percent this year. Shannon Brooks, international PR manager of the CTTC said 51 percent of Chinese tourists to the US had visited California in 2010, giving the state a phenomenal market share in China. As the number of Chinese visitors has increased, the travel industry in California has become more familiar with the preference of Chinese travelers and we can customize services to cater to their needs,” Brooks said. California has 81 direct non-stop flights per week to and from China, with 10 percent of growth last year. Over the past four years, travel-related businesses across the state have invested close to $10 billion to innovate and enhance their products and facilities. Tourism is California’s largest export industry by revenue. International visitors spent $17 billion in the state last year, which accounted for more revenue than the state’s top four products exports combined - aircraft, non-industrial diamonds, computer parts, image and data equipment.
Conceptual View of the Chan Museum and Garden www.FriendsofChanHouse.org
Phases of the Project 1. Stabilization of the building – foundation, roof, and other structural repairs 2. “Peek in the window” displays on Chinese History with exhibition of recovered local Chinese artifacts 3. Construction of an adjacent Moon Gate and Garden 4. Ultimate opening up of the house for public visitation and various displays in each room. 5. Eventual construction of an additional 2-story structure to expand exhibit space The initial fundraising goal for phases 1 through 3 is $300,000
In Kind Contributors Howard Chan & June Chan– current Property owners & donors of home Jeff Ferreira-Pro - Project Manager Tim Frei - Structural Engineer Rhonda Gannon - General Contractor Lisbet Gullone – Landscape Designer Jerry Schroeder – Architect John Wong – Design Consultant Steve Hubbard – Artistic Rendering Anne Rhea – Brochure and Website Design Glenn Fait - Attorney Sue Brown - Notary Gathering Place Church – Volunteer Labor Seevers Jordan Ziegenmeyer - Appraiser
Honorary Chairpersons - Fundraising Claudia Cummings June Chan Steering CommitteeRobert Comper Tom Dodson Loretta HettingerJeff Ferreira-Pro Barbara Leary Grace LiuCandy Miller Nancy Percy Anne Rhea
How You Can Help Make a monetary donation to the Chan House Fund, c/o the Folsom Historical Society, 823 Sutter St., Folsom CA 95630 OR on line at friendsofchanhouse.org Volunteer your time. Help get the word out by helping us connect with community groups that would be interested in hearing a presentation about the Chan House Project.
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