Collection Storage Gets $60K Renovation

Narrow passage in our storage

Narrow passage in our storage

This winter has brought great news for our artifact collection.  For those of you who’ve never had a behind the scenes tour, the Port Moody Heritage Society maintains a collection of over 20,000 artifacts in our basement storage.  The basement is divided into our vault storage at the east end and the annex storage at the west end. The vault storage was renovated almost ten years ago and contains our smaller artifacts, textiles and archival material.

Artifact overload

Artifact overload

This year we will undertake a $60,000 renovation of the west side of the storage which currently hold our larger items. This will give us approximately 40% more storage space and allow us to continue to collect new artifacts. The renovation will include:

  • new compact shelving units on the north and south walls
  • new picture storage systems
  • the creation of a new work space for staff, volunteers and guest researchers
  • new storage for program materials and costumes
  • A plethora of program materials

    A big thank you to Heritage Canada for their contribution of $25,000 toward the project. And to the City of Port Moody for matching Heritage Canada’s funding with a $30,000 contribution. This funding goes a long way to giving our facility the capacity to preserve items of importance to Port Moody’s history for many years to come.

    New 2012 Programs for Kids

    Chinese Legacies  - labourer encampment

    Chinese Legacies - labourer encampment

    In addition to our regular programs for school classes and out-of-school care groups, the Port Moody Station Museum is offering an exciting new education program this year. From May to November 2012, the Museum will host Chinese Legacies, an exhibit illustrating the contributions of Chinese in building the Canadian Pacific Railway. The exhibit depicts the life of the Chinese railway labourers in the 1880s, the lasting impact the railway had on their lives and their contribution to Canadian national development.

    Chinese labourer artifacts

    This 90min. interactive program is designed to compliment the Grade 5 curriculum and includes:

    • a tour and scavenger hunt through the exhibit and station,
    • a railway artifact matching activity,
    • a short video presentation of Engine 371,
    • and an opportunity for students to try to drive a railway spike.

    Programs can be booked from May 14th to Nov. 16th, Monday to Friday in the morning or afternoon. Space is limited so book early! See our website for easy online booking.

    The cost for the Chinese Legacies program is $97 per class (maximum 30 students). We are able to accommodate up to 2 classes in the same session.