200 Sacramento St.
Auburn, CA 95603
P.O. Box 9126
Auburn, CA 95604
1ST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH
RICHARD YUE, President
LINDA JOHNSON, Staff
Any celebration of Auburn's history would be incomplete without information on early Chinese residents, and their role in town development and growth. The Auburn Joss House, built in 1909 and located on the corner of Sacramento Street and Brewery Lane, is one of the best-known buildings in Old Town Auburn and symbolizes the role of the Chinese in local history.
The joss house represented the center of Chinese community in towns throughout the Mother Lode, and in California, during the 19th century and later. The joss house would be the first community building constructed in the Chinese settlements, and it served as a center for worship, education, community fellowship, and a place to find letter-writing and business services. The joss house also served as the place to discuss legal matters, as Chinese immigrants had no legal standing in America, well into this century.
Auburn's Joss House is being restored as a museum, through the work of Auburn residents Richard and Katherine Yue and other community residents, visitors, and those who value the Chinese role in California and U.S. history.
HISTORIC BATTEN AND BOARD BUILDING CHINESE HISTORY OF AUBURN AND PLACER COUNTY
REVEALS THE LIFESTYLES,CUSTOMS AND CULTURE OF THE CHINESE PEPOLE
ALTER OF THE 1800S FROM CHINA
TOURS FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
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