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A giant THANK YOU to all of our backers, supporters, and sharers! With the help of all of you we have officially started the process of bringing back almost 200 years of Chinese history and culture. To keep up to date on the project see the link below!
A giant THANK YOU to all of our backers, supporters, and sharers! With the help of all of you we have officially started the process of bringing back almost 200 years of Chinese history and culture. To keep up to date on the project see the link below!
80 backers pledged $23,885 to help bring this project to life.

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The Bok Kai Temple

Built in 1880 during the California Gold Rush the Bok Kai Temple is oldest continuously operating Chinese Temple in Northern California. It is also the only Taoist Temple in the United States with Bok Eye, the water god, as it's central deity. The temple is also significant for it's rare exterior murals depicting Chinese cultural traditions. According to the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, "the quality and execution of the scenes equal to the few Taoist paintings in American museum collections and are the only ones in this condition to exist in the world." Every year the Bok Kai Temple sees visitors and worshipers from different parts of California such as Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The temple has also seen many from across the United States as well as Hong Kong and China.

Within the temple there are over 300 Chinese artifacts dating as far back as the mid 1800s. It is the Marysville Chinese Community's goal to create a museum that will not only showcase these artifacts for the public to see but provide an opportunity to learn of this historical time period. 

Front of the Bok Kai Temple early late 1800s
Front of the Bok Kai Temple early late 1800s
Bok Kai Temple Today
Bok Kai Temple Today

Progress Of The Museum...

As a small Chinese community this project is a big undertaking. It is through a graduate level internship with San Jose State University's Anthropology Department that we are identifying and cataloging all of these artifacts. We have also secured a curator, Julie Stark, to help in the exhibition phase of the museum. The museum will be located in the council chambers of the Bok Kai Temple so the public can visit the museum and also see the fully operating temple. 

Micheal Boero & Robert Gelb of San Jose State University
Micheal Boero & Robert Gelb of San Jose State University

Why This Project Is So Important

Often times history is lost and once lost tends to be gone forever. With this project we are bringing back almost 200 years of Chinese culture and history. By showcasing these artifacts we get a glimpse into life during the California Gold Rush and the growing presence of Chinese culture during that time.  

Hand Sewn Women's Robe with Rabbit Fur
Hand Sewn Women's Robe with Rabbit Fur
Hand Carved Wooden Altar
Hand Carved Wooden Altar
Leather Hand Bound Receipt Leaguer from 1887
Leather Hand Bound Receipt Leaguer from 1887

Your Donation Will Go Towards...

We need to raise $10,000 to properly display these artifacts so that they can be easily viewed by the public.

  • Display Cases
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Informational Story Boards
  • Display Plaques

  • Non-Profit

    The Marysville Chinese Community is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Risks and challenges

As with any undertaking of this size there is sure to be minor hick ups along the way. Our biggest one will be if our goal of $10,000 is not met. Or if major unforeseen obstacles and expenses arise.

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    -A personalized thank you video gram from inside of the Bok Kai Temple sent to you and posted on our Facebook page.

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    -Two limited edition 3x4 Bok Kai Temple Museum Magnets

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    -A Bok Kai Temple Museum large tote bag

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    - Limited edition vintage print of the Bok Kai Temple

    - A personalized thank you video gram from inside of the Bok Kai Temple sent to you and posted on our Facebook page.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    -Two Bok Kai Parade T-Shirts

    -Limited edition vintage print of the Bok Kai Temple

    -Two limited edition 3x4 Bok Kai Temple Museum Magnets

    -A personalized thank you video gram from inside of the Bok Kai Temple sent to you and posted on our Facebook page.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    -Chinese Lion Head Dancing Puppet

    -Two Bok Kai Parade T-shirt

    -Limited edition vintage print of the Bok Kai Temple

    -Bok Kai Temple Museum large tote bag

    -A personalized thank you video gram from inside of the Bok Kai Temple sent to you and posted on our Facebook page.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    -A pair of signature Bok Kai wine glasses

    -Two signature Bok Kai large mugs

    -Chinese Lion Head Dancing Puppet

    - Two Bok Kai Parade T-Shirt

    -Limited edition vintage print of the Bok Kai Temple

    -2 Limited edition 3x4 Bok Kai Temple Museum magnets

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    -Your name on an honorary sponsorship plaque within the Bok Kai Temple Museum

    -One of a kind Crystal Sponsorship Award for the $2,500 level

    -Be one of the first to experience the Bok Kai Temple Museum in person or virtually

    -A pair of signature Bok Kai wine glasses

    -Two signature Bok Kai mugs

    -Chinese Lion Head Dancing Puppet

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    -A choice of a display case that will feature your name as the sponsor.

    -One of a kind Crystal Sponsorship Award for the $5,000 level

    -Be one of the first to experience the Bok Kai Temple Museum in person or virtually

    -A pair of signature Bok Kai wine glasses

    -Two signature Bok Kai mugs

    -Chinese Lion Head Dancing Puppet

    -Two Bok Kai Parade T-Shirts

    -Limited edition vintage print of the Bok Kai Temple

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