Curator's Corner

Curator’s Corner

Jim Millar – Manager / Curator, Port Moody Station Museum

It is a busy summer at the Museum. Our summer students sponsored by Service Canada and Heritage Canada are working well on projects. (See the student’s introductions on page 3)

Stephanie and Megan are working on displays and exhibits with Courtney’s help.

Trevor has been conducting school tours (with assistance from the rest) and working on breaking our tour programs into specific grade levels that meet the Educational guidelines. Mark has been scanning photos and assisting with the Educational Program. Courtney is also verifying the artefacts on display and will be cataloguing new accessions.

The recently renovated Freightshed (now called the Large Exhibit Room) is having new displays plus will play a major part in our Honouring Veterans event on Canada Day. There is a new screen and sound system tanks to the Port Moody Foundation. The Vancouver Foundation was the biggest supporter and the BC Arts Council also helped significantly. Lots of volunteer help with the biggest thanks to Dave Maxwell.

We have a few new folks helping Tom with the garden. Things are looking good there too but can always use more support.

Canada day is shaping up. We had a successful event in 2005 and naturally we plan this one to be ‘bigger and better’. Veteran Affairs Canada is the major supporter with assistance appreciated from the Consulate of the Netherlands and the Celebrate Committee of BC. We have at least 16 groups participating including the Consul Generals of France and the Netherlands with Veterans, old military vehicles and even a biplane! It will be great. If you have some spare time to help on Canada Day, we would appreciate the support as always and please encourage everyone to attend.

Membership is another important area to encourage people to become members. Important for sourcing grant monies. 2007 membership for the rest of the year is only $5. If you haven’t joined, please do and try to find some friends to join as well.

I took my first 3-week vacation in ten years, travelling with my wife, Brenda to Ireland. We had a ‘grand’ trip driving around the Island on the ‘wrong side of the road and staying at B&Bs. I will put on a slide show in September if encouraged enough – actually there are some very good pictures.

Excerpt from the “Station Telegram” Summer 2007 – Canada Day Edition

(I’ll see about posting that page 3 article in the near future introducing the students – ed)

President's Corner

President’s Corner

Dot Harinen – President, Port Moody Heritage Society

Wow… Life at the Museum is very hectic at the moment with many things happening at once… hireing and training of five new summer staff members to work on various ongoing projects throughout the Museum: assisting in the planning of events, leading tours of the Museum for school students and groups, Fathers’ Day and the upcoming Canada Day Celebration in honour of Veterans.

Volunteers and staff worked long and hard in a race against time to complete final touches to the newly renovated Freight Shed, now the “Large Exhibit Room”, in time for our June 10th A.G.M. New flooring and display cabinets, from recycled wood, have turned this area into an attractive inviting space for new displays, events, and activities. Here new displays based on specific themes will be featured. The planning of a schedule for future displays is in progress.

On the business side of Museum operations, a committee has been struck to undertake the revamping and updating of our existing Strategic and Marketing Plans. These new guidelines will be the tools to provide which direction we need to funnel energies for the best use of our existing resources.

Let’s shed our Canadian modesty and step out and promote ourselves loud an clear. “We are something very special!” Let the world know we are great and worth supporting. Remember these words when you are speaking to your friends about us… every little plug counts.

In closing “Thank you” to my fellow board members, museum staff, volunteers, members, and of course our many visitors. You are all very welcome to enjoy what we have to offer – hopefully you will come back again.

Excerpt from the “Station Telegram” Summer 2007 – Canada Day Edition

July 1st 2007

Happy Canada Day!

To Everyone From The Port Moody Heritage Society

Join us today for

“The End of a Perilous Journey”

July 1st 10am – 4pm (Sunday)

Join us as we take visitors back 62 years so that they may experience what things were like as the Second World War was nearing its end. Entertainment, concession, military displays and vehicles, British Columbia Regiment Pipes and Drums, Burma Star Veterans Association to name only a few participants.

A “Parade” of digntaries will be arriving shortly after 10am.

The Official Welcoming Ceremony starts at 11am

The lineup includes:
“…international dignitaries, vintage cars, a cannon — even an airplane.” Tri-City News, Friday June 29, 2007 by Sarah Payne

  • 15th Field Artillery Regiment brass band
  • BC Regiment Association pipe band
  • Consul General from France, the Netherlands, and the Republic of Korea
  • Military vehicles: Canadian army scout car – two Bren gun carriers – halftrack – World War I replica biplane
  • Large photo display from the Dutch government
  • Artwork and poetry readings from Glenayre elementary school’s French immersion classes
  • Dawn Black, NDP MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam with her display on Afghanistan. She’ll be collecting Tim Horton’s coupons for the troops.
  • Displays in the Venosta: 12th Field Jericho garrison’s medical unit – the Hong Kong Veterans’ Association – the Air Force Association of Canada – the Burma Star Veterans – the Nursing Sister’s Association.
  • Members of the Royal Engineers Living History Society will be on hand dressed in period uniform from the 1880’s and re-enact Col Moody and the engineers arriving in Port Moody

And more!