Friday, October 7, 2016

Filipino-American museum to open in California


After two decades of preparation, the Filipino American National Historical Society Museum will open its doors to the public as part of the celebration of the Filipino-American History Month this October.
The museum, founded by the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), will host an open house on Saturday, October 8, in Stockton, California from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.
An article on Recordnet.com said FANHS raised $50,000 through several golf tournaments for the construction of the museum, which was conceptualized two decades ago.
Maria Torres, treasurer of the Stockton chapter of FANHS, told NBC News that the museum will play a big role in teaching the history of  Filipinos in the US where, according to her, it is "not always taught."
"We're hoping this is a big way to do it," Torres told NBC. "We want it to be available for school tours, field trips, for everybody who doesn't know about Filipino-American history."
A featured piece from the museum is "Singgalot" (The Ties That Bind), a 30-panel exhibit archived by the Smithsonian that depicts a timeline of Filipino-American relations.
"A lot of people don't know that the Philippine was a commonwealth of the United States. They don't know what happened after the Spanish American War, or they've never heard of the Philippine-American War," Torres said.
Exhibits on Filipino-American motorcyclists, boxers and martial artists, and agriculture and labor are also featured with one on a religious group founded by Filipinos and a bunkhouse camp display that illustrates the living conditions of Filipino-American labor from the 1920s to 1950s.
Visitors may contact FANHS at (209) 462-3489, stocktonfanhs@aol.com, or through their website for more details. An invite-only ribbon-cutting event will take place later in October. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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