Season's Greetings!


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Happy Holidays!

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season from us at the Port Moody Station Museum. We are all decorated in celebration of the Winter holiday wit a heritage theme.

Holiday tea was hosted in the Venosta our passenger rail car – the first scheduled tea of the season was snowed out (Nov. 26) and at our last tea, a representative from ClearFM visited and handed out free mugs and goodies. Guests enjoyed tea and treats in the cosy, vintage ambience of our 1921 railcar while listening to holiday music.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Museum through the year and we hope to see you and many new folk in the coming year!

President’s Corner – Dot Harinen

Excerpt*from the:

Telegram - PMSM Newsletter Winter 2006


President’s
Corner

Dot Harinen

As we watch 2006 drawing to its end, the coming of the Holiday Season and the birth of a new year, our thoughts are drawn to this year’s accomplishments.

The installation of new drainage around the Museum building, completed last summer, has relieved the worry of water in the basement. The air conditioning installed in 2005 for increased preservation of the artifacts had an added bonus of keeping staff and visitors cool and happy during last summer’s heat spell.

Our summer staff, sponsored by HRSDC Summer Career Placement assisted in the designing and fine tuning an Educational Program which is now ready for launch and presentation to visiting school students. Time was spent assisting the Display Improvement Committee in the set up of new displays, researching the Tax Rolls and acting as tour guides to Museum visitors. In the fall, they continued to work and began the MAP project. This entails scanning of our collection of 1883 – 1887 Gazette newspapers into electronic technology. These scans of written words, taken from paper, are now preserved and saved from the rigors of time and will be easier to research.

2006 saw changes in staff as we lost Oana to the Surrey Museum, due to the uncertainty of City funding to cover the Assistant position. Fortunately Maud has taken over the Museum Assistant position and is concentrating on fund raising from outside sources. Bob Kerr, who has handled our financesover ten years, has given us notice that he wishes to step back and enjoy retirement. Many thanks go to you Bob and also to Willie Savage, who left the treasures position in April, for your combined dedication over so many years. We welcome Karen McGregor who has taken over the accounting duties working in-house at the Museum. In addition two new faces, Wayne Beggs and Mauray Toutloff who joined our Board of Trustees at the AGM.

A special thank you goes out to the many volunteers who devoted many hours to ensure our events ran smoothly. Your efforts are noticed and greatly appreciated. Hopefully you will continue to help us out. Of course, we cannot overlook the number of visitors and supporters who came out, you are the reason why we stage various events throughout the year.

What can you expect in 2007? The Display Improvement Committee continues to concentrate its thoughts on how and what needs to be done in the Freight Shed area of the Museum to provide a user friendly versatile space for new displays and an environment suitable for teaching or other special events.

On behalf of our staff and the Board of Trustees of the Society, we take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and happy prosperous 2007.

We look forward to seeing soon.

Port Moody Station Museum
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*Excerpt taken from the Station Telegram newsletter for the Port Moody Station Museum. Winter 2006 Issue. Available at the museum.

Curator's Corner

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Curator’s Corner

Jim Millar

This is my opportunity to rant and rave remembering the old saying: ‘The squeaky wheel gets the grease’. Operating a small museum has always been a big job taking a lot of dedication of volunteers as the search for funds for its operations is an endless thankless task. Adding professionalism through staff and training requires even more funding. Recently the Federal Government announced cuts to its Museum Assistant Program and the Summer Career Placement for hiring students! Usually Museums don’t get political but if we want any grease we had better squeak very loudly.

The Port Moody Station Museum has depended on HRSDC’s Summer Career Placement (SCP) program for over 10 years to keep the Museum open in the summer. The program pays 80% of the students’ wages. In 2005 and 2006 we had 4 and 3 students respectively. We have accomplished much and have not “wasted” taxpayer’s dollars. The requirements for the Museum Assistance Program (MAP) are that the Museum be open year-round with at least one full-time employee. In 2002 we met these requirements and have been successful with our grant applications for the last three years. We received less than half of what we requested this year. The purpose of these funds is to help with Collections. These funds were utilized by making essential upgrades by the installation of compact shelving, new furnaces and the addition of air conditioning. These are all essential upgrades for any small Museum.

The Official Opposition passed a motion for the Government to rescind the proposed cuts however, this motion is not binding, thus, the cuts are still in effect. The deadline to apply for the 2007 MAP program was November 1st. placing things on hold for an unknown period of time until a resolution is reached. A new National Museum Policy replacing the 1970’s model was on the table for the last Federal Government and died when the election was called. The New Government was in favour of the New Policy when in opposition but no longer considers it a priority.

It is not just the Federal Government as the Provincial Government is also adding to our woes. The majority of Direct Access funding is acquired through the Gaming Commission of charitable gambling funds. The funding allotted to charities has only seen a “cost of living” increase, not the actual increase in gambling revenues. The term “Charitable Gambling” is becoming an oxymoron as more and more gambling money is funneled into provincial general revenues. Also, the number of charities has grown from 2,000 in 2002 to over 6,000 today spreading the funds very thin.

Question: Should museums be a charity in the first place? Yes, we should be able to give tax receipts for private donations which enhance the preservation of our heritage. We are not considered as an essential service for the betterment of our community. These thoughts and questions were raised at the recent BC Museums Association conference in Prince George. The Keynote Speaker provoked thought when he stated there are two groups a museum has a responsibility to – our ancestors and our future generations. The problem arises in that we need to interact with the current generation to meet these responsibilities. How do we do this with the “Ikea Generation” which doesn’t seem to care about keeping Grandma’s good dishes because they can’t be put in the dishwasher? We should not lump the current generation into this category as there are many other charities that are supported, however, volunteerism in general is in decline over past generations.As an essential community service, should museum funding fall onto the municipal level of government? Most small museums in BC are supported 90% by local governments. We are not in this group. We depend heavily on the generosity of volunteers and apply for grants where ever we can find them. Most of our time and effort is spent trying to make certain we have enough funding to stay in operation. Unfortunately, our resources fall short to cover everything needing to be done to protect our artefacts and provide services to the community.

What can you do to help us squeak?

  1. Write a letter to your MP asking to rescind the museum cuts and adopt a new National Museum policy and/or sign the online petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/MapCuts/petition.html
  2. Write a letter your MLA asking for more of the gaming funds to go to charities
  3. Speak to your local government representatives encouraging more support
  4. Consider us for a taxable donation and/or planned estate giving
  5. Join us – volunteer- we try to have fun while providing an essential community service.
  6. Please help me rant as it is no fun ranting alone!


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*Excerpt taken from the Station Telegram newsletter for the Port Moody Station Museum. Winter 2006 Issue. Available at the museum.

Sunny IOCO Days

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The weather was a definite improvement over last year! Hundreds of
people attended Ioco Days, held at the lawn bowling green in Ioco. The
Port Moody Station Museum had a tent and display items as did other
community museums. Crafts and baked goods were there to be bought.
Music and entertainment were non stop for the day. Our Museum manned
the barbecue area and raised over $700.00 for the Museum. A big thank
you to volunteer Dave Maxwell for his endless work in making this day a
huge success!
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*Excerpt taken from the Station
Telegram
newsletter for the Port Moody Station Museum.
Winter 2006 Issue. Available at the museum.