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.

    Federal funding for Venosta cover

    Venosta with Cherry Blossoms

    Venosta with Cherry Blossoms


    Canadian Heritage announced this week new funding for Port Moody groups. This included support for a new cover for our train car the Venosta. With additional funding from the City of Port Moody, we are looking forward to building better protection for our treasured train car in the upcoming year.

    Mar 24, 2011 14:54 ET
    Government of Canada Supports Arts and Heritage in Tri-Cities Area
    PORT MOODY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – March 24, 2011) – Residents of the Tri-Cities area will be able to enjoy another successful Golden Spike Days Festival, and other community arts and heritage celebrations, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Funding was announced today by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Port Moody–Westwood–Port Coquitlam).
    This funding will support the Golden Spike Days Festival, the Port Moody Station Museum, and the Minnekhada Park Association.
    “With Canada’s economic recovery still fragile, our Government is focused on creating jobs and economic growth throughout British Colu mbia,” said Minister Moore. “We are proud to support the Port Moody Station Museum and other local arts and heritage projects in the Tri-Cities area. These festivals and commemorative activities bring people together and strengthen our local economy.”
    The Golden Spike Days Festival celebrates the area’s history and pays homage to Port Moody as the original western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway line across Canada. The Festival, which runs from July 1 to 3, will feature a variety of activities including dance, music, crafts, and theatrical performances. This year’s festival will also include a theatre troupe that will re-enact the period when CP Rail connected the community with the eastern part of Canada.
    In 2011, the Port Moody Station Museum will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first Trans-Canada passenger train at Port Moody, by renovating the museum that houses exhibits and artefacts presenting local history. The project will also preserve a historic railcar, the Venosta, by creating a sheltered outdoor performance space for the expression, celebration, and preservation of Port Moody’s history.
    The Minnekhada Art in the Park festival will take place in Coquitlam, B ritish Columbia from August 6 to 7. Local musicians, artists, artisans, storytellers, and children’s performers will celebrate the area’s art, nature and heritage in an outdoor setting.
    The Government of Canada has provided funding of $35,100 to the Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society, $86,070 to the Port Moody Heritage Society, and $7,900 to the Minnekhada Park Association, through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
    This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.

    New Program Coordinator – from the Station Telegram

    New Program Coordinator

    Rebecca Clarke is a Florida native who came to Vancouver in 1998 to complete a Masters degree in Educational Studies at UBC. In addition to a background in education research, Rebecca has worked with youth in pre-school and tutoring settings. She began her career as Educational Director at the Oxford Learning Centre, Richmond where she spent four years designing and delivering academic programs for children. She then worked at the Vancouver Museum as Programs Coordinator developing and delivering programs for all ages. She ahs also been a board member of the Westcoast Child Care Resource centre.

    Major funding from Heritage Canada and the BC Arts Council along with support from the Port Moody Foundation, Westminster Savings and the City of Port Moody has enabled us to hire Rebecca Clarke as Education Program Coordintor until the summer of 2009. Rebecca will develop policy and pilot programs increasing our services in education.

    Excerpt from the “Station Telegram” Winter 2008 Edition.

    The “Station Telegram” is the newsletter of the Port Moody Station Museum and is available at the museum or mailed to Port Moody Heritage Society Members.

    Education Project Underway – from the Station Telegram

    Education Project Underway

    The Museum is implementing a 10 month project to further develop educational programming. In the past couple of years, Board of Education policies for class field trips have changed creating some challenges for both the teachers and ourselves.

    In order to meet these challenges, the project includes the development of an Education Policy to match and deliver our programs to meet course guidelines. This will include developing new educational products including ‘Discovery Boxes’ or ‘Heritage Kits’ to go to the classroom when the class can’t come to the Museum. A complementary idea is ‘Memory Boxes’ to take to community centres or senior care facilities. The results will be the development and implementation of a pilot project of educational programs for both children and adults.

    The framework of the project links our substantial heritage resources to the needs of teachers in meeting specific course curriculum requirement thus attracting school classes to tour our facility more than once. The programs will also be directed to adults and families in the line of workshops and seminars with a heritage theme.

    The project continues our efforts to build links into the community. Meeting the needs of our community and garnering community support for the Museum is very important. Therefore as always, we look for community and volunteer support, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, or if you would like to be more involved and participate in this creative project, please let us know.

    We appreciate generous government funding for the project from Heritage Canada’s Museum Assistance Program and the BC Art Council’s Museum Projects. Additional community support comes from the Port Moody Foundation and Wesminster Savings Credit Union. This will help us hire a project coordinator, who will, over 10 months, develop program resources and position us to deliver the program in the future.

    Excerpt from the “Station Telegram” Fall 2008 Edition.

    The “Station Telegram” is the newsletter of the Port Moody Station Museum and is available at the museum or mailed to Port Moody Heritage Society Members.