On June 30, 2021, the Lytton Chinese History Museum burnt to the ground in a devastating wildfire. A provincially recognized heritage site housing over 1,600 irreplaceable artefacts was lost, and though 200 pieces were salvaged, the journey to rebuild and restore the museum is far from over.
Lorna Fandrich has announced that she is planning on reopening the museum. As executive director, she has been responsible for collecting, curating, cataloguing, and hosting visitors with the goal of preserving and presenting the history of Chinese people in British Columbia for future generations.
The Chinatown Storytelling Centre is pledging to loan some of its artefacts, and assist in the fundraising effort to both acquire new pieces and rebuild the museum from the ground up.