President's Corner

From the Winter 2007 Edition

President’s Corner
Dot Harinen

As the end of another year draws near we reflect on the passing of 2007 and upon our accomplishments for the year. The beginning of 2007 saw the demolition of the Freight Shed display area. Careful thought went into the planning of the new display cabinets and the laying of a new floor. This work was undertaken by local artisans using recycled woods giving us a new Large Exhibit Hall where artifacts not previously seen, due to lack of space, can be displayed.

Our summer students spent their time constructively working and developing our Education Program, accessioning artifacts and scanning pictures and newspapers in our collection. They also pitched in with the July 1st Military Day Event, general clean up in and around the Museum, lead tour groups and many other day to day chores. Thank you, you have made a large dent in what still needs to be done.

To celebrate the Festive Season various events are planned including our ever popular Christmas Teas taking place in the Venosta. Drop into the Museum, take a break from your hectic schedule and enjoy what we have to offer. …see details outlined in this newsletter.

As we jump forward to the New Year I would like to stress our need for volunteers. The success of our events is dependent upon our volunteers. When you are making your “New Years Resolutions” please consider promising to become a Museum volunteer. We need and appreciate all the help we can get. Without volunteers our events will not happen.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of the Pt Moody Heritage Society I send out wishes to you and yours for a Festive Season and best of health and good wishes in 2008 and I look forward to seeing you in 2008.

Excerpt from the “Station Telegram” Winter 2007 – Holiday Edition

Winter at the Museum

Winter at the Museum

by Darrell Wade Penner

The Port Moody Station Museum is a special place to me at any time of the year, but I love it in the winter, especially in the weeks before Christmas and the Holiday Season. I love to see the station and the rail car – Venosta – decorated for the holidays with traditional decorations, Christmas lights, poinsettias, and other signs of the season. Some of the traditional decorations older than others.

It is still officially Autumn, but to me – Winter begins with the ending of November and the beginning of December. There are still around 4 weeks to the Winter Solstice, but I am already thinking Winter Thoughts.

Right now we are lucky enough to have a display of toys from over the past century or so in the “Mail Room” – the Small exhibition hall beside the Telegraph room. This display has been quite popular and has been up for quite a while and I hope that even if it does get replaced, that it does get put up each year in time for the Holiday Season.

We will be having our traditional Holiday teas in the Venosta* on the coming December Sundays of the 9th, 16th, and 23rd. The Venosta is always nicely decorated and set out for the teas. The museum is set a bit apart from the shops and the hustle and bustle, but it is cradled in the loop of the Murray/Moody street interchange and so is an easy stop-off for a soothing Sunday tea with Christmas Carols and Holiday Music in the background.

While it is not actually at the museum, we at the museum take part in the annual CPR Holiday Train* which will arrive at Queens Street Plaza Tuesday, December 18th at 9:15 pm. We serve hot apple cider there at this Free Family Event. It is a fund raiser for the food banks throughout the Tri-City area.

While we can always expect to see snow here in Metro Vancouver… on the mountain tops on our northern side, we may or may not see it here at sea level at the museum. When we do get snow at sea level, it is beautiful. While the snow clouds are still in the air Burrard Inlet is a dark grey calm stillness, the mountains disappear or are giants hunched in the background and the hills are shadows of themselves. The museum is beautiful with the snow on the ground creating a sense of purity, making pristine the mundane reality. It can really make the lights on the eaves and in the windows warm and welcoming.

At one time wood, coal, or oil stoves kept stations warm, now modern natural gas furnace and heat pumps do – and of course the oil and kerosene lanterns have been replaced by first incandescent bulbs and now by energy efficient compact florescent bulbs.

Come and enjoy a visit to the museum this winter!

~ Darrell Wade Penner
Museum Webmaster and Board Member

* Events are mentioned earlier in this Blog

CPR Holiday Train

Tuesday, December 18,
9:15pm – Free Family Event
Join the Port Moody Station Museum for hot apple cider at the CPR Holiday Train visit. The train will be arriving at Queens Street Plaza in Port Moody on Tuesday, December 18 at 9:15pm with entertainment beginning at 9:30pm. This is a fundraiser for food banks throughout the Tri-City area so bring down your donations of non-perishable food items. All food collected here stays here!
Hope to see you at the CPR Holiday Train!!!

Holiday Teas at the Museum


Sundays, December 9, 16, 23
1pm-4pm $5.00 per person
Once Again, The Port Moody Station Museum will host its Annual Holiday Tea on the Train. On Sundays, community guests are invited to enjoy tea and treats on our 1921 Railcar the Venosta. With Christmas Carols and Holiday Music in the background, its a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Volunteers are needed to help with the Holiday Tea on the Train. Any time you have available would be very much appreciated. Duties include meet and greeting guests, serving tea and treats, making tea and just having fun. For more information or to volunteer, please call Maud Sanford at 604.939.1648.

Support the Museum With Gift Memberships

Join the Port Moody Heritage Society!

The New Year is approaching swiftly and Heritage Society Memberships make a nice gift. Buy gift memberships for the coming year! Memberships are now more affordable than ever! Support the Museum and buy one for yourself! Buy one for each member of the family!

Become a part of the society that runs the Port Moody Station Museum. The Port Moody Heritage Society welcomes new members to become a part of it. Your membership helps support the operation of the museum and other projects of the society. You also can have a say at the Annual General Meeting in the Spring of each year and the election of the Board of Directors and Executive. Membership numbers influence grant money coming into the museum as well which provide a large part of our budget for maintaining and displaying the collection. Memberships start at $5 Canadian for family or individuals.


  • Family: $5
  • Corporate: $25
  • Life $500

Donations to the museum are always gratefully accepted. Tax receipts are provided for donations over $25 or by request.

Consider giving a Gift Membership

A Custodian of History

From the Fall 2007 Edition
A Custodian of History
by Nigel Tucker

One of the fascinating aspects of performing traditional music is the historical backgrounds of the music. The traditional musician could well be considered to be a custodian of the music and the music’s history. During my career as a traditional musician, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many people who are dedicated to the preservation of history. About two years ago, I met an extraordinary man who is dedicated to ensuring that our history is kept alive and enjoyable.

This man’s ability to have people enthused about their own history is matched only by his ability to get along with them. He is unique in his accommodating personality and his passion for making history enjoyable, and I have the pleasure of working with and learning from him whenever I can. To have such an individual as a museum curator is wonderfully beneficial to the history of the community, the province and the country. History is full of treasures, and the people who look after the treasures are in my view treasures themselves. We have a great treasure in our curator Jim Millar.

Curator's Corner

Remember our Halloween BOOO-SEUM event Oct 27 &28!
(Info posted previously)

From the Fall 2007 Edition

Curator’s Corner
Jim Millar

Time certainly is marching on – it’s fall already! We have had a productive summer, with five students workers supported by grants from Service Canada and Young Canada Works (YCW). We were also successful with YCW to hire Courtney Hagen as a Research Assistant for the fall. It’s nice having an ‘extra’ person around helping out. She will be working with the Collection; currently she is scanning maps. These old city planning maps are in great need of conservation work; therefore they will be sent to the Canadian Conservation Institute.

We were also successful in obtaining an Apod grant from the Centre for Sustainability. This will provide the means to evaluate ourselves and make sure we are making the best use of our resources both now and in the future.

A disappointment was not receiving the Museum Assistance Program funding from Heritage Canada. It was a tight budget year for them with the program being cancelled last fall but reinstated after much public outcry. We had wanted to expand our education program by hiring a program staff person, but now will have to rely on more heavily on volunteers for it.

The recently renovated (and renamed) Large Exhibit Room is working out well. It was great for the AGM, as well as the Dutch and Veterans Affairs display for Canada Day and now the Laundry Through The Ages display. Hope you have been able to stop by and see it.

I met with Bruce Hitchinson, the grandson of the brickyard owner. Actually John Hutchinson Sr. had 3 brickyards in Port Moody. He shipped all his bricks by scow to Vancouver, so Port Moody did not have any brick houses in the early days. Bruce provided some interesting photographs and is trying to find more information for us.

A couple of major maintenance items: the Venosta roof is leaking again and if anyone knows a structural engineer and builder that could help us repair the platform, please let us know.



All Aboard!! At the “Booo-seums” 4th Annual Haunted Halloween! Our 1921 Railcar the Venosta will hide the past spirits of Port Moody with Horrifing Harriet telling scary true stories! Inside the “Booo-seum” the little trick or treaters will enjoy the KREEPY KRAFT KORNER where Terror-rific Halloween Masks and Petrified Puppets will be created. Take a tour of the “Boos-seum” and see if you can find its skeletons and ghosts. Every visitor gets a Halloween Treat …..IF they can find the “Crate of Doom.” Complimentary Hot Chocolate and Cookies upon arrival!

Jim Millar, Curator and Manager of the Museum invites the community to visit. “The Museum has been known to be home to a couple friendly spirits. Its one reason Halloween is a special time here. Our Halloween weekend is always well attended and everyone leaves a little SPOOKED!”

The Hallo-Weekend begins Saturday, Oct. 27 & Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. This event is recommended for school age children. Admission is $2.00 per person with all proceeds to the Port Moody Station Museum.

The Port Moody Station Museum, located at 2734 Murray Street in Port Moody next to Rocky Point Park, is owned and operated by the non-profit Port Moody Heritage Society, and is part of their effort to promote increased awareness and knowledge of Port Moody’s heritage and history. The Museum is open Wednesday thru Sunday – Noon to 4pm, Monday and Tuesday, by appointment. For more information contact Maud Sanford at 604.939.1648 or email

The Royal

One of the two typewriters on display in the Telegraph Office at the Museum. This one is a Royal – one of the three leading brands which dominated the market of the early 20thcentury along with Underwood and Remington. I believe the typewriter in the image to be a “Royal 10”.

Some typewriters used for telegraph work only typed in capital letters as telegraphy was only done in capital letters to reduce the number of characters or symbols necessary. This is something reflected later in Telex services and early computers and computer printers.

Unlike the typewriters that many are growing up with today, for much of the 20th century typewriter were manual and did not require electricity.

~ dwpenner sept. 20, 2007

Click Click Click Grind Kachunk

A Burroughs Adding Machine in the Telegraph Office of the Station.

Long before the day of Office Computers and Digital Adding Machines there were mechanical adding machines using cogs, wheels, levers, and gears.

This is an early adding machine which could add up columns of numbers keeping a list of the numbers and the totals. The Burroughs Adding Machine also could come equipped with a direct subtraction device. The Burroughs Adding Machine was known as a “blind” printer because the printer was on the back of the machine and not visible to the operator who would have to “lift a carriage on the rear of the machine to see what was printed.” The operator could read a running total on a register behind the glass front of the machine.

The operator of a Burroughs entered the number on the keyboard and then pulled and released a lever on the side of the machine, causing the entry to print and to be added to the running total. In order to print the total, the operator depressed the “Total” key and pulled and released the same lever. – Early Office Museum*

This Burroughs Adding Machine along with the typing float, typewriter, and telegraph were staples of the telegraph office. There were also calculators which could do multiplication and division, however they didn’t create printed lists.

~ dwpenner sept 8, 2007

Early Office Museum
Early Adding and Calculating Machines
Antique Adding and Calculating Machines