Annual General Meeting

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It’s that time of year again, where we reflect on everything that has happened in the past year and look into the future of the Port Moody Heritage Society and the Port Moody Station Museum.  The meeting will be taking place at 7:00pm, June 18th at the Port Moody Station Museum(2734 Murray St., Port Moody).  All heritage society members are invited to attend and add their input into the general discussion as well as vote for the new board of directors for the 2012/2013 year.

The annual general meeting is extremely important in solidifying our plans for the future and continuing with our goal of preserving and sharing the heritage of Port Moody.  The society is fuelled by the commitment of our members and volunteers and we are always looking for more people to help in our goals.  If you are interested, visit the membership page or email us at and come out June 18th to learn more about this amazing organization. (In order to vote you must be a member in good standing for at least 30 days)

New Board Members Needed


Are you interested in making your community a better place? Do you enjoy history, public events or education? Join the Board of Directors for the Port Moody Heritage Society!

The Port Moody Station Museum is run by the Port Moody Heritage Society. The Heritage Society is made up of people who are interested in preserving and sharing the heritage and history of Port Moody. This group is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who help oversee the management of the Museum and other Heritage Society projects.

The Board of Directors is currently look for new members who share their interest in Port Moody’s history and the work and the Station Museum. Directors will be elected at the Annual General Meeting on June 11th, 2012. Directors must become members of the Society and be willing to attend monthly meetings (generally held the 2nd Monday of each month).

We hope you can join us in making an excellent organization even better.

For questions, please email Jim Millar at or call 604-939-1648.

Join the Port Moody Heritage Society

Ioco Ghost Town Day

Ioco Ghost Town Day

For those of you who don’t know, the Port Moody Heritage Society owns and operates the Port Moody Station Museum. In addition to this work, the Society organizes events like Ioco Days and projects like our upcoming history book.  The Society is made up of individuals who care about Port Moody’s past and we are looking for a few good people to join us.

If you aren’t already, we encourage you to join. Annual memberships cost $10 for individuals and $15 for a family. Your membership entitles you to receive the Heritage Society “Station Telegram” newsletter, invitation to member only events, discounts on certain Heritage Society events and rentals and the right to vote at the Heritage Society AGM.

Membership fees support the work of the Heritage Society including maintaining its artifact collection and educating the community about Port Moody’s heritage through programs, events and information services at the Station Museum and elsewhere.

Educational Programs

To become a member, you can call us at 604-939-1648 or fill out our PMHS Membership Form and mail it to us.

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.

    Happy Holidays from the Station Museum

    Station Museum in the snow

    Station Museum in the snow

    All of us at the Port Moody Station Museum would like to wish you the very best this holiday season and a Happy New Year.

    2011 has been an excellent year for our Museum. We had record breaking attendance this summer and at our Easter Egg Hunt and Ioco Ghost Town Days events. We have made an excellent start on our history book which we are looking forward to seeing in the new year. And we got a new roof!

    Thank you to all of our members, volunteers and staff who helped make these things happen. We couldn’t do what we do without your support.

    The Museum will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1 in addition to our regular closure on Mondays and Tuesdays.

    Heritage Society Members Receive Freedom of the City

    Mary Anne and Ron with Mayor Trasolini

    This October, two distinguished Heritage Society members received the honour of Freedom of the City from the City of Port Moody.  Both Mary Anne Cooper and Ron Curties have spent many years volunteering their time to make Port Moody a better place.  Only 12 other individuals have received this honour since it was established in Port Moody in 1971.

    Mary Anne and Ron with Mayor Trasolini

    Dr. Mary Anne Cooper’s dedication to heritage conservation cannot be understated. As a driving force behind establishing Ioco Ghost Town Days, she has worked tirelessly to protect the Ioco Town Site. She was an active member of the Heritage Commission for seven years, and has served on the Board of the Port Moody Heritage Society. “Mary Anne’s dedication to preserving our heritage is remarkable,” said Mayor Trasolini. “She has worked tirelessly to ensure Port Moody’s heritage is preserved.”

    Mayor Trasolini continued, “I can’t imagine our city without Ron Curties’ many contributions. He is most deserving of Port Moody’s highest honour.” Ron has been on at least 26 civic committees, and has participated in several signature Port Moody festivals and events. Ioco Ghost Town Days, Golden Spike Days, the Terry Fox Run, the Port Moody Library Links to Literacy Annual Golf Tournament and the Port Moody Foundation have all benefited from Ron’s volunteer work.

    “Mary Anne Cooper and Ron Curties are active long time Port Moody residents and volunteers who have donated thousands of hours to the betterment of the city,” said Councillor Gerry Nuttall in his nomination for the award. “These two very special people have dedicated decades to making Port Moody a better place and deserve to receive the Freedom of the City honour.”

    We are thrilled to have such dedicated and accomplished members among us. Congratulations and thank you both for all you have done for Port Moody!

    Ioco Ghost Town Days – October 1st & 2nd

    Model A Car Tours

    Model A Car Tours

    This October marks the 10thanniversary of Ioco Ghost Town Days. Begun as a celebration of the establishment of the former Ioco town site as a designated heritage area, the event celebrates the heritage of the former Imperial Oil town site and the people that lived there.

    Ioco Ghosts Watching Weaving Demo

    Come join us for this free family event at the former Ioco Lawn Bowling Green (Ioco Rd. & 1st Ave. in Port Moody). Visitors will enjoy good old fashioned fun while learning about the heritage of the former Ioco town.  This year, Heritage Society has organized a two day event on October 1st and 2nd.

    On October 1st current and former Ioco residents will reunite between 1 and 4pm to reminisce and enjoy our heritage photo display, some jazz music and refreshments.

    On October 2nd, the big show will return with ten different musical, dramatic and variety acts, tours of the town in antique cars, artisan displays, pony rides, kids’ crafts and much more.

    Click HERE for more details about and directions to Ioco Ghost Town Days.

    Pumpkin Decorating

    Ioco Ghost Town Days is organized by the Port Moody Heritage Society who owns and operates the Port Moody Station Museum.

    Ioco Days is supported by Heritage Canada, the Port Moody Heritage Commission, Impact Canopies, Freybe, Pacific Coast Terminals and Thrifty Foods-Suter Brook.

    Newspaper Collection is a Wealth of Port Moody History

    Port Moody Advance Newspaper

    Port Moody Advance Newspaper
    Since its earliest days, newspapers have played an important role in chronicling Port Moody’s local history. Last year, many of the museum’s newspapers were sitting in a closet, anxiously waiting to be properly catalogued and put in the museum’s collection. Sorting through the newspapers proved to be a substantial task but that was only the first step. Within these stacks of newspaper was a veritable treasure trove of information waiting to be discovered.

    This summer our Collection Assistant, Bronwen Bird took on the task of going through each newspaper and pulling out key words from important stories and entering them into the museum’s database. With this completed, it means that if you wanted to find an article about Port Moody’s first ambulance, the database would show you that the December 20, 1957 edition of The Advance newspaper has an article that may contain the information you seek. Now there are over 1000 newspapers that have searchable terms!

    Among these 1000 newspapers are a variety of publications that have covered Port Moody over the years. These include:
    Port Moody Gazette – 1883 – 1887
    The Advance – 1936 – 1960s.
    The Herald (a.k.a. The Coquitlam Herald, The Herald Enterprise, Sunday Herald) – 1960s – 1980s.

    Even with all these papers, we did not have copies of all the newspapers that covered Port Moody. Working with the Port Coquitlam Heritage Society and their Community Archives, Bronwen was able to find more information from three of the earliest newspapers: The Coquitlam Star (1911-1915), The Coquitlam Times (1917-1918) and the Coquitlam-Moody News (1925). Using these resources, Bronwen created additional databases for each paper and printed out articles of particular importance.

    After nearly a year, the museum’s newspaper collection that was once a mountainous pile in a closet is now a historically valuable force to be reckoned with. All together the papers comprise the history of Port Moody from 1883 to the 1980s with few gaps in between. This collection and Bronwen’s hard work has already proved its worth in the information it has provided in the creation of the history book the Heritage Society is currently working on. Having these databases available to research an aspect of Port Moody’s history will be a valuable asset for years to come.

    Museum Staff Take to the Water


    To celebrate the last few weeks of the summer students’ jobs, the staff of the Port Moody Station Museum took to the water for a new perspective on Port Moody’s history. Thanks to Jamie and his staff at Rocky Point Kayak, we spent a morning exploring Port Moody from Burrard Inlet.

    Laurel and Bronwen practicing on dry land

    Setting out from Rocky Point, we started our trip by visiting the seals and their pups on the log booms as we passed the Flavelle Mill.


    A mother seal and her pup

    We paddled along the south shore until we reached Reed Point Marina, passing the site of the first CPR station in Port Moody along the way. After crossing over to the north shore of the inlet, we paddled past the old Ioco refinery and the Ioco town site – very important parts of Port Moody’s past and present.


    Jim working hard while Rebecca stops to take pictures

    All along the way we had beautiful views of the mountains and the water, saw plenty of wildlife (seals, herons, cormorants, and even sea lions!), and had a great time paddling, splashing, and laughing.


    Matt in his sombrero


    Devon paddling like a pro

    Port Moody Heritage Society 2011 AGM

    PMHS Board

    PMHS Board

    Heritage Society 09/10 Board of Directors

    The Port Moody Heritage Society, owners and operators of the Port Moody Station Museum, will have its Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 20th at 7pm. Heritage Society members and the general public are welcome to join us at the Port Moody Station Museum. Our 2010 Annual Report will be available and a new Heritage Society Board of Directors will be elected.