The Stockton Record reports that the Filipino American National Historical Society’s museum could be opened in Stockton in just several months.
The museum has been 20 years in the making as the group selected Stockton as the site of its museum back in 1994, The city has been the home of most Filipinos in the nation since the 1920s, according to FANHS.
“I said after my stroke (10 years ago), ‘I hope I will live until this day comes,’” said Leatrice Bantillo “Letty” Perez , the 85-year-old president of the historical society’s local chapter. (pictured center) “We’ve been working at this so long. It’s time we had a place.”
The museum will be housed in a building currently under renovation. The site will also include a popular local Filipino fusion restaurant, Papa Urb’s Grill. A day care center will also be in the building.
You can read about the history of Filipinos in Stockton in the Stockton Record.