IOCO Ghost Town Day, Sunday October 5th, 2014

IMG_0360Noon till 4:00 pm

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

 

Need Meeting space with a little extra atmosphere? Rental opportunities abound here at the Museum!

Business meeting

Business meetingThank you Starbucks Team for choosing the Port Moody Heritage Society,

Station Museum,  for your meeting venue!

 

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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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.

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.

Easter Extravaganza 2012

Photos with the Easter Bunny

Easter Extravaganza 2012

Photos with the Easter Bunny

The Port Moody Station Museum is hosting its 12th annual Easter celebration Sunday, April 8th, 10am-2pm.

The main event is the Easter egg hunt – we hide marbles and kids exchange them for chocolate eggs. But that’s not all! Visitors can also enjoy:

  • performances by magician Dennis Hewson and dog dancing team Joyce Johnstone and Twinkletoes,
  • face painting,
  • carnival games,
  • Easter basket craft with Liz Summerfield,
  • photos with the Easter Bunny (cost is $5),
  • and our bubble zone.

We resupply our hidden marbles and eggs throughout, so no need to rush.

This event is great for young kids with a special area for toddler egg hunting and a baby changing station.

Concession available at the event with coffee, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.

Make your own Easter Basket!

Admission is $5 per person – available at the door (CASH or CHEQUE ONLY). All proceeds go to support the Port Moody Station Museum charitable society.

Performance Schedule

Music by Nigel Tucker – all day in the station

Joyce and Twinkletoes – 11am, 12pm, 1pm

Dennis the Magician – 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm

Parking available next door at Rocky Point Park.

Contact the Museum at 604-939-1648 or info@portmoodymuseum.org.

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.

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.