The McNight Centennial Trench Groundbreaking Ceremony – A Huge Success

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Saturday September 20th 2014 at 8:30 in the morning marked the official ground breaking of what is to become western Canada’s largest WWI trench exhibit. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers  who helped  out. The trench looks great already! There is still so much work to be done so if you have a shovel and some spare time let us know and be part of this exciting living history experience! IMG_1700 IMG_1708 IMG_1710 IMG_1713 IMG_1725 IMG_1728 IMG_1745 IMG_1748 IMG_1750

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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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.

“Chinese Legacies” exhibit on now at the Station Museum

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From May 14th to November 16th, 2012 the Port Moody Station Museum is proud to host the travelling exhibit Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway. The exhibit, created by the Revelstoke Railway Museum and the Revelstoke Museum & Archives, explores the story of the thousands of Chinese labourers who contributed to the building of the CPR between Port Moody and Craigellachie, BC.

As the original terminus for the CPR, Port Moody has a deep historical connection to the Chinese railway workers. To provide additional labour to build the railway from Port Moody to Kamloops Lake, Andrew Onderdonk recruited thousands of men from China. These men, along with other supplies for building the railway, came by ship into Port Moody before traveling onto the construction site. Many of these workers tragically fell ill with Beri Beri disease upon their arrival and were buried on the hillside in Port Moody, later to be exhumed and brought back to China for final burial.

The exhibit recounts the difficulties that faced the some 15,000 Chinese workers between 1880 and 1885 and includes a diorama of a typical Chinese worker’s campsite, artifacts such as opium pipes, coins, incense burners, as well as a slide show of historical photos.  It is estimated that between 600 and 2,200 workers lost their lives due to malnutrition, dangerous working conditions, and disease during this time. Discrimination was a daily reality for these workers, who would be paid half the salary of the white workers and were forced to do the most dangerous work in the camps.

To honor the exhibit, the Station Museum is offering educational programming for children and special Family Days. Starting Canada Day weekend, the Museum will host weekly Family Days every Sunday, from 11 to 4, in July and August.  On this day, families can participate in guided activities and crafts such as spike driving, lantern making, a scavenger hunt and demonstrations of Chinese culture. Check our Upcoming Events page soon, for more details. 

For more information about the exhibit or to book a program, please contact us at 604-939-1648 or info@portmoodymuseum.org.

New Feature Exhibit – “Negotiating Spaces”

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During the late nineteenth Century in Canada, traveling on the train connected the individual traveler to a collective whole. This means of transportation made the confederation visible. Today, traveling on those tracks speaks of a national memory that has almost been forgotten. In today’s age, saturated with social media and rapid transport, it is archaic to think this nation was once connected through the building of metal tracks, yet this poetic nationalism is alluring.

NEGOTIATING SPACES: Visual Recollections of Train Travel in Canada, is an evolving art installation exploring contemporary train culture in Canada, comprised of medium format and Polaroid photography, video, audio and written blog accounts. Negotiating Spaces works to re‐initiate a dialogue between the individual and the land by critically investigating Canadian perception of space, myth of the land and the reality of the rail travel experience. Created through a two‐month journey from Vancouver to Halifax and Winnipeg to Churchill, this body of work confronts traditional landscape imagery and looks to re‐define what being a Canadian means via rail.

Artist Lindsey Bond is a third generation Canadian, born in Alberta and brought up in the vast prairies and wide skies of the western belt.  According to Bond, “This land and light taught me what being Canadian meant.” Upon returning from living abroad, Bond realized that she had very little first-hand experience of the country she called home. It was this realization which inspired Bond to seek out what the term home meant to her. Negotiating Spaces is the result of this exploration. Bond says, “This exploration pushed me to de-mystify gaps in my own knowledge about the history, people and ultimately the identity of Canada, landscape and myself.”

The newest component of the project is The Story Line, a blog where visitors can contribute their own railway memories, photographs or drawings.  In exhibiting Negotiating Spaces at the Port Moody Station Museum, Bond hopes to further the dialogue critically investigating Canadian perception of space. We encourage you to share your own rail travel experiences on The Story Line blog at home or when you come to see the exhibit at the Museum.

As part of our celebration of the 125th anniversary of the 1st trans-Canada passenger train, the Port Moody Station Museum is pleased to host Negotiating Spaces on now until February 26th, 2012. You can preview the exhibit on Ms. Bond’s website

Events

JUST A REMINDER OF THE UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE PORT MOODY STATION MUSEUM

The How To’s of Maintaining a Heritage Home or Building
Sunday, May 31, 9:30-3:30pm
$10:00 per person-includes lunch.
Guest Speaker: Mr.Don Luxton

PoMo Station Museum’s Summer Exhibit Opening
Sunday, June 1, 1:30pm
Join us in experiencing our new summer displays…..
Clean Laundry a Metaphor for Clean Earth; Summer Attire; Forest Industry of Port Moody; CPR and Port Moody

The Port Moody Heritage Society – Annual General Meeting
Sunday, June 8th,
12:30pm – BBQ Get together
1:15pmn – AGM
All members are encouraged to attend.

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