Mai Wah Society


The Mai Wah is primarily a volunteer organization. Our part-time and seasonal staff members are paid on a contract basis, with support from grants and our museum entrance fees.
Manager Curator

Museum and Gift Shop Manager

The Mai Wah's seasonal Museum and Gift Shop Manager greets our visitors and provides guided tours of the museum. For 2013-14, we welcome historian John Little (photo left) as our summer manager. John is the author of a book on the Casino Theater, which stood in the heart of Butte's red-light district when it centered on East Galena, about two blocks from the Mai Wah buildings.

Recent managers have included Lindsay Lambrecht (photo below), a Butte native, and a historian and educator trained at Montana State University. Her interest in Butte history has included development of lesson plans for schools focusing on opium dens in Butte conecting them to the Opium Wars in China. Jana Faught, one of the long-serving founding members of the Board, served as the manager in 2012. Jana has a long history in Butte and interest in its history.


An anonymous donor will match all donations to the Mai Wah's Hoyt Curator fund received during 2014, up to $2,000. This is an opportunity for you to support our ongoing curatorial efforts and to have your donation doubled. To contribute, you can send a check to the Mai Wah Society, PO Box 404, Butte, MT 59703 and be sure to indicate that you want your donation to go to the Hoyt Curator Fund. We appreciate your support!
Thanks to support from generous donations by Janet Sperry, the Mai Wah has enjoyed the services of a professional curator, Janna Norby. Janna lives in Ennis and came to the Mai Wah following seven years as curator of collections with the Montana Heritage Commission, where she oversaw curation of artifacts in Nevada City and Virginia City. Those same artifacts are back where they started 70 years ago, in the Mai Wah Museum's Wah Chong Tai Mercantile, on loan from the Heritage Commission. So Janna is uniquely qualified to document this collection of more than 2,500 artifacts, one of the most intact examples of a period Chinese general store in the United States.

Prior to the Heritage Commission, Janna worked in Petersburg, Virginia, with the National Park Service. She completed her graduate degree in 2003 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC.