Students are Animating History at the Station Museum

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This Spring, classes from across the Lower Mainland came to the Port Moody Station Museum to learn the story of building the CPR in a new and exciting way – through animation. Using paper cut out animation techniques taught by a professional animator during the workshop, each class created a series of scenes based on the story of John A. MacDonald’s dream to unite Canada by railway. Our partner organization Reel 2 Real helps provide a quality animation experience with the use of computers and cameras. By the end of the 4.5 hour workshop, classes have created a 1-2 minute film illustrating the classic Canadian story.
In the process of creating the film, students learn about MacDonald’s dream and the politics and work that it took to make it come true. Scenes often included depict surveying the West, Chinese workers blasting tunnels in BC, hammering the last spike and Lady MacDonald riding the cowcatcher. Students have the opportunity to go deeper into the history and think about what life would have looked like 130 years ago. What would people wear? How would they travel and communicate? Teachers comment that students who are often disinterested in history, become engaged. The workshop is also a great opportunity for students to practice teamwork and appreciate the many skills it takes to create an animated film.
Check out the videos that these groups made above.
For more details on the workshop go to the Animating History section on our School Programs page.



Create your own “Stop Motion” Film at the Port Moody Station Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 18, 2008

Port Moody, BC. November 18, 2008:  The Port Moody Station Museum kicks off its new partnership with Reel 2 Real on Sat. Nov. 29th.  Bring your children to an Open House at the Museum from Noon-3:30pm to experience creating animation first hand.  A professional animator and computer equipment with special software will be set up to allow children the opportunity to create a short stop motion animated film with paper cut outs.

The Open House launches the Port Moody Station Museum’s partnership with Reel 2 Real in providing the Animating History program to local grade 4-8 classes. In this program students create a 1-2min. animated piece of historical fiction about the building of the transcontinental railway.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for District #43 schools.” explains Rebecca Clarke, Programs Coordinator at the Port Moody Station Museum. “Having been involved with this program at other museums, I have watched students become immersed in animating their own characters. They are so proud when the day is over, to see the film created by their class.  It is a real testament to team work. Many teachers have told me how impressed they are when they see students who don’t usually get excited by history, really get involved.”

Located at 2734 Murray St., the Port Moody Station Museum is housed in an historic railway station and offers a variety of exhibits on Port Moody history as well as an authentic 1921 rail car.  Film For information on this and other exciting youth programs contact Rebecca Clarke at the Port Moody Station Museum at 604-939-1648 or email at The Museum is open Wednesday thru Sunday, Noon – 4pm.  Monday and Tuesday by appointment.  Admission by donation.  All proceeds go to support the Port Moody Heritage Society.

Reel 2 Real is a non-profit charity dedicated to showing the best in culturally diverse, authentic programming for youth by presenting media arts programming and the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth. For more information visit Reel 2 Real’s website at (Note site was not working Nov 22 but might be working now.)

Contact:  Maud Sanford
Museum Assistant
Port Moody Station Museum