With its Archives Destroyed by Fire, Chinatown Museum Raises $50K+ in Relief

Posted on: January 27th, 2020 at 5:01 am by

Photo: Karlin Chan

On the eve of Lunar New Year, a devastating five-alarm fire tore through an anchor of the Chinatown community. The decimation of 70 Mulberry Street was a major blow to the fabric of the community.

The building – erected as Public School 23 in 1892 – has housed numerous cultural and social service organizations since the 1970s. Chief among them, the Museum of Chinese in America, whose storage room boasted a collection of historic artifacts numbering more than 85,000. Items such as immigrant tickets for passage, restaurant menus, and textiles.

Most, if not all the relics were reportedly destroyed by fire and water.

The museum, as well as the other organizations that were headquartered on the upper floors of 70 Mulberry, are now crowdfunding to pick up the proverbial pieces.

The museum has already reached more than $52,000 in donations with the hope of recovering anything of value.

The Chen Dance Center, another forty-year veteran at this address, is appealing for money here.

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