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.
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.
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.
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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