Mai Wah Society

Events at the Mai Wah

The Mai Wah Society will organize a traditional Chinese Tomb Sweeping Day or Qinming Festival on Saturday April 4 at 2:00 at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. We also welcome any volunteers that would like to join us.

  • 1:45 pm: leave from Mai Wah, for those wanting to carpool/caravan to Mount Moriah Cemetery
  • 2:00: sweep graves to show respect for those who were once part of Butte's thriving Chinese American community [Mt Moriah is very well cared for, so no major clean up is involved]
  • 2:15: offer libations (tea and wine) to the deceased, light incense, burn joss paper (fake money)
  • 2:30: share some snacks (potluck)-if anyone is interested, it's also a traditional day to fly a kite (bring one!)
  • 3:00 depart for home/Mai Wah
Things you should bring
  • Broom
  • Snack to share
  • Your own drink
  • A kite, if you wish
Mai Wah president Pat Munday will bring
  • Incense
  • Joss money
  • Tea and wine for offerings

Past Events

MEMBERS ONLY - "Below the Scenes"

The Mai Wah Museum will host a free Members Only end-of-season "Below The Scenes" tour on Sunday September 28 at 2:00 p.m. Members will be escorted into the recently cleaned basements and sidewalk vaults at the Mai Wah and Wah Chong Tai. The work has revealed architectural details - and a few interesting artifacts - that contribute to our understanding of how the spaces were used. Mai Wah Members will be the first to see these spaces, some revealed clearly for the first time in decades.

Paid members for 2014-15 are eligible to attend, and non-members may join on the day of the event and take the tour. New and renewing memberships after Sept. 1 are valid through the 2015 calendar year. You can check on your membership status on the web site at - bring your membership card or ID!

Reservations are necessary so that we can plan the tours, which go into some small spaces. Please RSVP to Dick Gibson,, by Thursday September 25. Plan to wear sturdy shoes - high heels and open shoes or sandals will not be safe. And there is no heat in our buildings, so dress appropriately! The tour should last less than one hour. Cameras are welcome.

Grand reopening of the Wah Chong Tai Mercantile -- 2500 artifacts, interpretations, and more: Saturday June 15, 2013

Photos on Facebook

Please plan to attend the Mai Wah Museum’s Grand Reopening of the Wah Chong Tai Mercantile on Saturday, June 15th, from noon to 4:00, at 17 W. Mercury, Butte, America.

Free Admission for this event, and if you join the museum as a member that day (or become a sponsor for a case), you’ll get an 18-month membership, good for free admission through 2014. See our membership page for other benefits.

Events on June 15:

1:00 – Dedication of accessible restroom and presentation of the Scroll of Honored Donors

2:00 – Donor, member and sponsor appreciation

3:00 – Re-stocking the mercantile – the who, what, when, where, why, and how

Noon to 4:00 – Regional and local authors featured, including Joyce Nowacki, author of The Other Side of the Fence, a novel based on the lives of Chinese immigrants working on the Northern Pacific Railroad in the 1880s.

Catered by The Leopard Cafe

Chinese New Year Parade: Feb. 16, 2013 (Year of the Snake). 3:00 pm at Court House.

Contact us for Building Blessings by Jan. 28:
Film - "Last Train Home" Feb. 5th, 7:00 p.m. at the Butte Archives
Year of the Snake Art Show, Co-sponsored by BSB Arts Foundation, Venus Rising Espresso House, 128 W. Granite, Feb. 16-March 2

Lewis & Clark Library: Feb. 2013

The Lewis and Clark Library in Helena is celebrating Chinese New Year all February long.

The Mai Wah's Janna Norby installed an exhibit (see below) there including artifacts from our Archaeological Dig Exhibit and other items. Both cases will be on display through the end of February, the 26th or so.

Other related library events:

In addition to Chinese New Year parties, the Book Club is reading and discussing and watching the movie, The Joy Luck Club. Vera Wong will be discussing her memoir, Long Way Home and will do a book signing/reading.