Historic redevelopment is flourishing in Folsom. Recently the city celebrated the opening of an amphitheater and public plaza that comprise the centerpiece of the ambitious Historic Folsom Station project.
But Folsom Station isn't the only historical effort currently underway. The Folsom Historical Society and the Heritage Preservation League of Folsom have been working to save from demolition a 1910 home that's one of last vestiges of the town's Chinese heritage.
Chan House (917 Sutter St.) was once home to Oak Chan, considered the first mayor of Folsom's Chinatown, the second largest Chinese community in California in the 1880s. The Chan family lived in the residence until 1971. Now preservationists want to restore the house and transform it into a museum to display local Chinese artifacts and commemorate the role Asian immigrants played in the development of the region and state.
The partnership aims to raise $300,000 to purchase and convert the property. You can help by making a donation to the Heritage Preservation League, Chan House Fund, c/o the Folsom Historical Society, 823 Sutter St., Folsom CA 95630.
IMAGE CREDIT: Artist rendering of the proposed Howard Sr. and Mabel Chan House Museum. Courtesy Folsom Historical Society