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.

"BOOO-SEUM"

VISIT THE SPIRITS AT THE PORT MOODY STATION “BOOO-SEUM”

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 pmmuseum@telus.net.