Federal funding for Venosta cover

Venosta with Cherry Blossoms

Venosta with Cherry Blossoms

Canadian Heritage announced this week new funding for Port Moody groups. This included support for a new cover for our train car the Venosta. With additional funding from the City of Port Moody, we are looking forward to building better protection for our treasured train car in the upcoming year.

Mar 24, 2011 14:54 ET
Government of Canada Supports Arts and Heritage in Tri-Cities Area
PORT MOODY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – March 24, 2011) – Residents of the Tri-Cities area will be able to enjoy another successful Golden Spike Days Festival, and other community arts and heritage celebrations, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Funding was announced today by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Port Moody–Westwood–Port Coquitlam).
This funding will support the Golden Spike Days Festival, the Port Moody Station Museum, and the Minnekhada Park Association.
“With Canada’s economic recovery still fragile, our Government is focused on creating jobs and economic growth throughout British Colu mbia,” said Minister Moore. “We are proud to support the Port Moody Station Museum and other local arts and heritage projects in the Tri-Cities area. These festivals and commemorative activities bring people together and strengthen our local economy.”
The Golden Spike Days Festival celebrates the area’s history and pays homage to Port Moody as the original western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway line across Canada. The Festival, which runs from July 1 to 3, will feature a variety of activities including dance, music, crafts, and theatrical performances. This year’s festival will also include a theatre troupe that will re-enact the period when CP Rail connected the community with the eastern part of Canada.
In 2011, the Port Moody Station Museum will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first Trans-Canada passenger train at Port Moody, by renovating the museum that houses exhibits and artefacts presenting local history. The project will also preserve a historic railcar, the Venosta, by creating a sheltered outdoor performance space for the expression, celebration, and preservation of Port Moody’s history.
The Minnekhada Art in the Park festival will take place in Coquitlam, B ritish Columbia from August 6 to 7. Local musicians, artists, artisans, storytellers, and children’s performers will celebrate the area’s art, nature and heritage in an outdoor setting.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $35,100 to the Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society, $86,070 to the Port Moody Heritage Society, and $7,900 to the Minnekhada Park Association, through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.

Those Aren’t Dinner Plates

1914 BC Auto License
1914 BC Auto License

This 1914 BC Auto License Plate can be found on display at the museum

British Columbia had been issuing automobile license plates for only ten years when this one had been struck — or in this case, printed.

The car itself had not existed long and they were already driving around on the roads of BC. The first license plates were issued in 1904, although cars had been in BC since 1890. (bcpl8s.ca) The plates have changed since then and so have the cars and roads. The purpose for them remain much the same.

Early ones from 1904 to 1912, while looking very much like smaller versions of modern ones, were made of leather. This 1914 one and the 1913 one were made of heavy metal with a porcelain coating. Latter ones were lithographed flat steel plates. Embossing methods used currently and enamelling processes were not as advanced as they are today. During times of metal shortage like during times of war, only one plate was required per passenger vehicle. At times plates were issued on a yearly basis. At other times — such as the current time — decals or tags allowed plates to be used for longer periods with the tags indicating the current year.

There were a number of issues leading to the start of licensing cars and license plates. Early on there were issues with drivers driving recklessly — that’s really nothing new is it?  Drivers were spooking horses and throwing their riders — that’s a bit different unless you replace “horse” with “bicycle” — and running down pedestrians. The drivers generally got away with it because they could not be easily identified. Cars were more for “sport” than for transportation at the time.

There was a growing resentment towards “automobilists” — as they were called. Governments began regulating them, but owners of these prestige items were reluctant to mark up their shiny, expensive automobiles with painted numbers or tags. The elite car owners did not want their automobiles to look like a common taxi, reducing the car value.

License plates were a way to get around painting numbers directly on the vehicles. Uniform, cleanly, nicely designed plates were a compromise which was come up with eventually as cars became more common. The whole point was to make the owner or driver accountable for their driving.

That is something that hasn’t changed that much in a hundred years or so.1914 BC Auto License

BCpl8s.ca – A History of British Columbia License Plates

History of British Columbia License Plates

Archive: British Columbia Porcelain License Plates

A License Plate Collector’s Perspective – The Plate Hut

40 Years of Porcelain License Plates

Reminiscing Seniors Help with History Book


Do you have memories of Port Moody to share? Join us! The Port Moody Station Museum is working with local seniors to create a Port Moody history book. Seniors are helping with a number of aspects of the book and reminiscing is an important part of this. The Museum has arranged a number of meetings where local seniors can get together to share their memories of Port Moody’s past. They will be happening at Kyle Centre on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10am. We will provide refreshments and the seniors will provide the memories. These memories are helping guide the information included in our book. Each meeting will revolve around a different theme that will be included in the book.
Meetings Dates & Themes:
March 24th – Depression & Wartime
April 28th – May Days and Golden Spike Days
May 26th – Moody Centre Businesses
June 23rd – Ferries, Trains and Roads

Have photos on one of these topics? Bring them along to share or donate a copy to the Museum.

New Website

web design

web design
Welcome to our new website! We hope that you find this site informative and easy to navigate. Some of the features that you can find on this site include:

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Sign up for our email list to get the latest blog post and other Museum news sent directly to your email.
Make a donation with our link to canadahelps.org. You can pay by credit card and receive a tax receipt soon after.
Book your education program or rental with the online booking form.
Know what’s happening at a glance with our event and display calendar.
For those of you who don’t know where we are, find us easily no matter where you are coming from with the Google map.

Finished your website tour? Come back and see us again for new blog posts and updates to our events and display schedule.

I’d like to thank Jon Strocel and his team at thev3h.com for choosing the Port Moody Station Museum as the winner of their website design contest. They have made a tremendous contribution in getting the site up and running and making so easy to navigate. I’d also like to thank our volunteers and staff who have helped with the site including Darrell for his advice and design skills, our Exhibit Assistant Devan for creating some of the graphics, Yvette for the great photos she took over the past year and Gail for her excellent proofreading skills.