Open for the Holidays

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The Museum will be open over the holidays. Come and visit us and have a look at our feature display “Scouting: History in the Making”.

We will be open Dec. 27-30 from noon-4pm and January 2nd onward.

Have a great holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Pre-Order Your History Book Today

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Looking for an interesting gift this holiday season? Purchase your copy of our new history of Port Moody in photographs. Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years is a unique and elegant gift for any of your friends and family. In 192 full colour pages, this book provides a fascinating history of the small town in British Columbia from 1880 to 1980. Using text, photos and personal first-hand accounts, the Port Moody Heritage Society creates a dramatic, factual account of Port Moody life.

All pre-sale orders receive a FREE gift with the purchase of each book.

This package of historical photo postcards can be easily included in any gift card for your friends and family to enjoy while they anticipate the arrival of their book.


Books are $40 each plus tax and will be available in February 2013.

Place your order online or contact the Port Moody Station Museum at 604-939-1648 or sales@portmoodymuseum.org.

Please note, that we are not able to offering shipping options at this time. All books ordered must be picked up at the Port Moody Station Museum.

 All proceeds from the sale of this book help support the Port Moody Heritage Society and its work at the Station Museum.

New Scouting Display Opens November 24

Port Moody Scouts march down St. John’s Street in the 1940 May Day parade.

Port Moody Scouts march down St. John’s Street in the 1940 May Day parade.

Scouting: History in the Making

Created in partnership with the 40th Canadian Baden-Powell Guild (Tri-Cities), the Port Moody Station Museum is proud to present Scouting: History in the Making. The display highlights the changes in the scouting movement over the past century.

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Scouting was first established in Port Moody and much of North America in the 1920s. Since this time the movement has changed greatly. While the emphasis on community service remains a central part of the movement, how this service takes shape looks much different. Even staple activities like camping have been altered with the consideration of environmentalism. This interactive display illustrates these changes and what the scouting movement looked like then and now.

The display includes special program days for visitors to participate in scouting activities, both old and new. Wendy Williams, Guild Master of the 40th said, “We wanted the display to be engaging, keeping the OUT in scouting. So we included weekends and evenings of programs that show, hands-on how scouting has changed with the times.”

The display opens at the Museum November 24th with special pioneering activities for opening weekend.  Additional weekend and evening activities will take place for the duration of the display. For more details, check out our Upcoming Events page. Like scouting, the programs go on rain or shine. The display ends on March 10th, 2013.

Ioco Days Brings Out Community Spirit

Bruce Schroeder and the ladies of the Ioco Church celebrate the pie competition entries.

Bruce Schroeder and the ladies of the Ioco Church celebrate the pie competition entries.

Ioco Days Festival has become a hallmark event in Port Moody and you can tell by the efforts community members give to show their support. This year, Heritage Society member and professional baker Bruce Schroeder donated over $700 to show his support. Some of you may know Bruce as the pie contest judge from Ioco Ghost Town Day. Bruce spent 80 hours of his vacation time baking butter tarts and shortbread cookies. He sold these to friends, colleagues and neighbours raising money to support the event. Bruce has shown similar support in the past but went above and beyond this year by organizing this fundraising initiative all on his own. Thanks to Bruce, we were able to break even with this year’s Ghost Town Day event.

The barbershop quartet “Antique Gold” learns about wool from spinner Catherine Dumaine.

Bruce isn’t the only one to show his support. Over 20 community groups showed up in the pouring rain for Ioco Ghost Town Days. Despite the soggy weather, there were smiles on faces and warmth in people’s hearts. Visitors also didn’t shy away with over 200 people showing up.

A big thanks also to our local business sponsors Impact Canopies, Freybe’s Gourmet Foods, and Pacific Coast Terminals for donating thousands of dollars of in-kind services and money to support the event. We have relied on these sponsors for many years to make Ghost Town Days happen.

Expanding Horizons Home School Association was out in full force.

The spirit that the Port Moody and Tri Cities community shows for Ioco Days is remarkable. We should all take pride in the success of such a grass roots event and the attention it brings to the wonderful heritage site of Ioco.

Ioco Ghost Town Day Returns

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Ioco Ghost Town Day returns!

October 14th, from noon-4pm

Activities include tours of the town in Model A cars, artisan displays, pony rides, kids’ crafts and much more. This year, performers include bluegrass band 5 on a String, magician Dennis Hewson, barbershop quartet Antique Gold, and musician Nigel Tucker. Also joining us to share the history of Ioco as heritage actors are local youth from Theatrix.

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Come join us for this free family event at the former Ioco Lawn Bowling Green (Ioco Rd. & 1st Ave. in Port Moody). Enjoy good old fashioned fun while learning about the heritage of the former Ioco town.

Free parking for both events is available along 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Ioco. For directions to the event, use our Map to Ioco.

Ioco Ghost Town Days is organized by the Port Moody Heritage Society who owns and operates the Port Moody Station Museum.

Ioco Days is supported by Heritage Canada, the Port Moody Heritage Commission, Impact Canopies, Freybe Gourmet Foods, and Pacific Coast Terminals.

Ioco Days Festival Kicks off with “Home Town”

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Saturday, October 6th, the Ioco Days Festival begins with the local theatre production “Home Town”.


Created by Rebel Haunt Theatre, “Home Town” is a site-specific, audience-interactive play set in the 1930s. The audience moves with the actors through the Ioco townsite; exploring various locations, meeting characters and watching the story unfold. The show incorporates stories from the history of Ioco and Port Moody.

“Home Town” is a great way for locals to get a sense of the community that Ioco residents enjoyed in the 1930s. Written using information and stories from the old “Ioco Times” newsletter, the characters evoke the feeling of the good old days as they explore the remaining heritage buildings and environment at the Ioco town site.

 

 

Shows are Saturday, October 6th and 13th at 1 & 3pm.

Audience members should gather at the Ioco lawn bowling green (Ioco Rd. and 1st Ave.) prior to the show.

Admission is by donation.

The show will go on rain or shine, so come prepared for the weather.

If you need directions to the event, check out our Map to Ioco.

Help Celebrate Ioco Church

Ioco Church in the late 1970's

Ioco Church is an important part of Port Moody’s Ioco Heritage Conservation Area.   As such, Sunday  September 16th the church gets a new name: Ioco United Heritage Church.  In-conjunction, it gets a new pastor, Rev. Dr. Warren McKinnon.

The following is an invitation to welcome and help celebrate the events-
                                                                        United Church of Canada
                                                                          Westminster Presbytery
                                                                                Invites you to

Ioco Church in the late 1970’s

 

      A COVENANTING SERVICE
     Between Rev. Dr. Warren McKinnon
    And Ioco United Heritage Church
    7:00 p.m. September 16, 2012
    1790 Ioco Road, Port Moody BC
    Reception to follow the service
   RSVP to mallman@shaw.ca

Collection Storage Project Complete

New compact shelving

New compact shelving


The last six months have been a flurry of activity in our basement. With over 22,000 artifacts, the basement can be a crowded place. However, thanks to a Museum Assistance Project grant from Heritage Canada and funding from the City of Port Moody, the Heritage Society has new compact shelving units in half of our storage. Bury Media did a great job installing the movable shelving last March. Then our Collection Assistant, Peter Wallace spent the last four months re-shelving all the artifacts. Now, our storage facilities are the envy of every museum with artifacts safely stored away. The new shelves have also given use more space to continue collecting into the future.

Thanks to many great volunteers for helping to move so many large and heavy artifacts. Thanks also to Williams Moving and Storage for providing storage for our valuables for a few months.

 

New picture shelving

New office space for donations and research.

Welcome New Directors to the Port Moody Heritage Society Board

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This past June, the Port Moody Heritage Society elected its board of directors for the 2012-2013 year. With our 2011 President, Wayne Beggs, and a number of other directors stepping down, positions were available for a number of new members. Filling these seats, are new board members Christine Clarke, Armando Elias, Dan Kirchner, Mladen Plecko, and Ron Simpson. We look forward to working with this exciting new team!

We also welcome our new Executive Committee with President Robert Simons, Vice President Al Davies, Secretary Amanda Maplethorp. Continuing on are Treasurer Irene Reid and member Darrell Penner. We greatly appreciate your on-going dedication to the Society and look forward to a productive year of governance.

With our changes in governance, we also have new positions open on a number of committees. If you are interested in helping produce high quality displays, educational programs or special events or if you have an interest in preserving historical objects, please contact Rebecca at 604-939-1649 or rebecca@portmoodymuseum.org. We always welcome new members!

2012/2013 Heritage Society Board

Executive

  • President, Robert Simons
  • Vice President, Al Davies
  • Treasurer, Irene Reid
  • Secretary, Amanda Maplethorp
  • Past President, Wayne Beggs

Directors

  • Christine Clarke
  • Armando Elias
  • Dan Kirchner
  • Darrell Penner
  • Mladen Plecko
  • Ron Simpson
  • Honorary Al Sholund

Summer Student Updates: Collections Assistant

New Compact Shelving

Compact Shelving

The newly installed compact shelving units at The Port Moody Station Museum have given us the opportunity to reorganise and modernize our collections and records.  However, since their instalment this February, the museum staff has had their work cut out for them.  This is especially true for Peter Wallace, the Museum’s Collections Assistant.  He is working on the instalment and digitization of all our photographs, glassware, and iron tools, which is nearing completion.  The project next on hand for him is photographing and organizing the chairs, trunks, desks and drawers that came back from movable storage last week.  The reorganisation allows us to re-assess each item’s relevance to the heritage of Port Moody, ensuring that the Museum’s exhibits and programmes are the best they can be.