IOCO Ghost Town Day, Sunday October 5th, 2014

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Best Dressed Pet Parade

Rebel Haunt Theatre Group

Pumpkin Pageant

Reno Schembri

 Hourglass Cabaret

Imperial Oil Display

Home Learners Association

Caulfied School of Dance

Pony Rides

IOCO Church Tours

and much, MUCH, much MORE!

Please note that this year due to unforeseen circumstances the Model A Ford Club will have a Show & Shine, rather than provide rides. Our sincere regrets as we know this was a highlight for many of you. The Model A Ford Club is working on a solution but until then we want to ensure we respect these changes and enjoy the event!

 

Download the Ioco Ghost Down Day 2014 Flyer

 

Trench Digging…Day 2 – Making serious progress!

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The McKnight Trench digging is under way…Learn more about LIFE IN THE TRENCHES!

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Celebrate Our Aboriginal Heritage – June 21st noon to 4:00 pm – Salmon BBQ

Kwikwetlem First Nation

Kwikwetlem First Nation

Join us Saturday June 21st from noon till 4:00 pm for a wonderful celebration of our Aboriginal Heritage. Kwikwetlem First Nation and the Port Moody Heritage Society are proud to partner for this special event. It is with great respect that we take this National Aboriginal Day to celebrate our First Nation Heritage. We will share a Salmon BBQ and activities that educate and share our History. The event is free and the Salmon BBQ dinner is $11.00 per plate.

Activities include: Salmon ‘run’ game, craft activities and various entertainment through out the day.

Mother’s Day Tea on Board the ‘Venosta’ 1921 Rail Car

Tea with Mom

Tea with Mom

The Port Moody Heritage Society is proud to invite you to our Mother’s Day celebration. Tea on board the ‘Venosta’ rail car is a tradition in Port Moody and this year you may choose from one of 3 reserved seatings: 1:45 to 2:45 or 3:00 to 4:00. (Our 12:30 to 1:30 seating is SOLD OUT-Thank you!)

Treat your Mum and your family to our live entertainment and a relaxing Tea with sweet treats in our finest china!  The cost for this fundraiser is $10.00 per person (cash). You will enjoy a leisurely tour of the Museum, a stroll through the Heritage Garden and time to reminisce. Take time for family Sunday May 11th and celebrate our Mum’s at Port Moody Heritage Society’s Museum!

See you at Port Moody Station Museum!

Sunday May 11th 2014

For reservations please: call, email or stop in:

2734 Murray St. Port Moody, BC.              604-939-1648                     info@portmoodymuseum.org

Mark Your Calender, Monday Feb 10th – Family Day…All Aboard!

Join us and create family history moments. Celebrate your ‘Family Day’ by hammering your message in metal and affixing to our railroad tie. Then get started on your ‘family tree’ with the Station template as your guide.

 $10.00 per Family, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Exciting New Artifact Donations

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Most of what visitors see when they come to the Port Moody Station Museum are artifacts donated by generous folks in the community. These donations of objects and archival materials help the Heritage Society preserve Port Moody’s past and share the stories with community members for years to come. Recently the Heritage Society has received some significant donations.

Last month we received an interesting collection of archival materials relating to the Pacific Shingle Mill from the granddaughter of one of the mill’s directors – Melville Fitzgerald Thomson. While we knew of the mill’s existence, we had little information on its years of operation or much else. Thanks to this donation we can put another piece of the puzzle in place. You can find a photo of the mill in our book Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years.

IMG_5138Another significant donation, received last week, was from the daughter of the late Raymond Duey. Ray was a telegrapher for Canadian Pacific and in retirement, an active member of the Morse Telegraph Society. He was a collector of all things related to the telegraph and we are lucky to receive many of the items he collected. This donation will help preserve telegraphy history for a long time and allow us to continue to teach visitors how the telegraph system worked.

Lastly, we received a large donation of archival material from Al and Nellie Sholund. The Sholunds are long time Port Moody residents and Al worked at the Ioco refinery for decades. Both have taken an active interest in preserving Port Moody and Ioco history and Al has served as Port Moody’s historian for many years. The donation included over a dozen boxes of photographs and archival materials. Much of this documents the early history of the Ioco Refinery and town. We look forward to delving into this history more deeply and drawing from this collection in the creation of a new display on Ioco for its centennial in 2014. Also included were some significant pieces of Port Moody history such as a program from the Alderside Regatta, two journals of Guy Flavelle and a Port Moody police badge.

Thank you to all these folks and others who think of us when looking for a new home for old things.

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.

 

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New office space for donations and research.

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.

We’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad

Footings for Venosta cover

Footings for Venosta cover

Those of you who drive the Murray St. overpass will have noticed some excitement happening around the Museum these past few months. The funding from Heritage Canada and the City of Port Moody for a new station roof and cover for the Venosta which we announced last Spring, has finally been put in action. This past fall the 103 year old station got a new cedar shake roof appropriate for its age and character. We were also able to give the old chimeny a facelift with new pointing for all the bricks. Although it was a big job, it turned out beautiful and reminiscent of photos of the station from earlier times.

This month, we’ve begun the final phase of the long process of putting a cover on our beloved Venosta train car. Although it is only a long ditch at the moment, very soon an open cover with a metal roof will run the length of the car. This cover will provide much needed protection from the elements and allow us to save the high cost of maintaining it each year. We also hope that it will help regulate the temperature inside the car so that visitors to our teas and educational programs will be more comfortable come winter chills and summer heat waves.

The Venosta’s cover will also extend a few feet into the parking lot allowing us an additional performance area during events. We are currently looking for additional funding to build a platform for this area. In addition to making a nice space for dancing and singing, this would eliminate some of the stairs into the train car and make it easier for the physically challenged to access the space.

All in all, good things happening. Although, we’re looking forward to days without trucks, back hoes, and fork lifts when we can all enjoy our newly beautified site.