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Chinese-American Museum of Chicago reopens after fire
From:Xinhua News  Writer:  Date:2010-09-30

 

The Chinese-American Museum of Chicago (CAMOC) - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center, reopened Saturday after suffering a devastating fire in 2008.

Nearly 100 guests including Yang Guoqiang, Chinese consul general in Chicago, attended the ceremony.

"It has been a long and difficult road to get to this very special day. After the museum suffered a fire two years ago, our journey of rebuilding started," said Kim K. Tee, president of the Chinatown Museum Foundation as well as the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago.

"With the cooperation of many individuals and organizations, the museum is proud once again to open its doors to the Chinatown and surrounding communities to learn more about our Chinese heritage," he said.

Extending his warm congratulations to the grand event, Yang said the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago will continue its support to the museum.

Andrea Stamm, board member and volunteer curator at the museum, told Xinhua that the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago could not manage to reopen without the tireless efforts and generous contributions of countless donors, volunteers and supporters.

Located near Chinatown's main drag on Wentworth Avenue, the museum is an education and exhibition center with the purpose of promoting exhibitions, education and research relating to Chinese-American culture and history in the U.S. Midwest.

It was opened to the public in May 2005 after receiving a donation of a historic building in Chicago's Chinatown for its museum site from Raymond B. Lee, a long-time Chinatown resident and a successful businessman. But the museum was heavily damaged by a fire on Sept. 19, 2008, and closed since then for rebuilding.

 
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