Event Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Event Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free with RSVP
Location: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
Online registration required: RSVP HERE


[New York, NY] March 16, 2017-The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting its third annual Family Treasures Day on April 8, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors of all ages are invited to learn about saving, storing, and sharing their family heirlooms, photographs, and digital memories. Guests will connect with conservators and museum specialists; document family and neighborhood histories; digitize items of historical and cultural significance; and maintain objects against deterioration.


Drop-in Workshop stations are available from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors can examine period dresses from MOCA’s teaching collection at Telling Textiles and learn how textiles reveal an individual’s past and experiences. Learn tips and methods for storing, handling, and displaying photographs and paper objects at Picture This! Photo Care for Posterity and Keeping a Paper Trail: Preserving Family Papers. Discover new ways to pack and store your objects at Treasures + Troves: Proper Packing & Storage.


From 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., individuals can sign up for a 20-minute timeslot at The Digi Age: Digitization Station where the MOCA Collections team will scan and digitize photos. Visitors can share their objects’ stories and walk away with a CD of the digitized items. Then, join Amy Chin for a 30-minute workshop on searching for visitors’ family roots. The New York Public Library’s Community Oral History Project will host a story booth throughout the day, as well as a food-themed memory circle, a recorded group oral history where participants can share their family recipes, dinner table conversations, and recollections about their favorite Chinatown eats. Representatives from the Municipal Archives will provide resources on ways to trace family history using their vast collections.


Throughout the day, families can drop-in for a slew of arts and craft activities at the Kids’ Corner. Make a memory box to store and label collected objects at Tiny Treasures; at Culinary Sculptures, create three-dimensional sculptures from cardboard, plastic, paper, and foam inspired by the ceramic art of Heidi Lau and Lu Zhang in MOCA’s current exhibit Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy; pick up a magnifying glass at Expert Examiner and take a closer look at artifacts from MOCA’s teaching collection to examine and complete an object condition report.


Visit the Museum’s website at for a full schedule of upcoming events, programs, and exhibitions. MOCA’s rotating exhibitions have been extended due to popular demand. Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Food and Identity in America previously scheduled to close on March 26, 2017 has been extended through September 10, 2017; and Healthyville®, MOCA’s exhibition on healthy lifestyles for children previously scheduled to close on March 26, 2017 has been extended through April 23, 2017. For press images, please email


MOCA’s Family Treasures is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, along with the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Wells Fargo, and the National Endowment for the Arts.