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Looking Back: Celebrate summer at Pitt Meadows Museum

Summer has arrived and so have the summer students at Pitt Meadows Museum.

Emma Norman, Will George, Madison Rear, and Rebecca Willmott are working on programs, events, exhibits, collections and visitor services at the General Store and Hoffmann and Son sites.

This summer will see a number of exciting programs and exhibits in progress at the Pitt Meadows Museum on Harris Road.

The Heritage Thursdays Program is set to return under the leadership of Willmott, a history undergraduate at the University of Victoria.

The theme for this year’s program is “All Stars,” featuring the best activities and crafts from past years.

In keeping with the tradition, the Heritage Thursdays program will run on Thursday afternoons and is aimed at children ages five to 11.  Participating children are in for an afternoon of education and excitement, learning how to create various crafts and taking part in rambunctious activities.

The first week, July 19, will be an especially exciting introduction with “Around the World in 80 Days. ”Children will visit England and meet the Queen, tour Egypt to discover how mummies were made, and dabble in aerospace engineering in Germany. They’ll also be racing through Japan, Spain and Mexico.

The Amazing Race takes place that day from 1-3 p.m.

Heritage Thursdays will continue with a new theme every Thursday after that until the last one, Aug. 23.

Attendance is $6 per session, with a discount if you register for all six sessions or register as a group. Pre-registration is recommended.

The museum is still looking for volunteers to help with the sessions and the hours can count towards high school work experience.

The museum is hosting Ice Cream Sundays, as well. These are by donation, from 2-4 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month this summer. They are also aimed at ages 5-11.

Kids will make ice cream, as well as some cool crafts.

• For more information about Heritage Thursdays, Ice Cream Sundays or volunteering, call Willmott at 604-465-4322.

The museum is also looking for farmers to interview, as it is working on mapping out all of the historic farms in Pitt Meadows.

If you would like to come check out what has already been done with this project, come to the museum or visit  Country Fest to look at the maps and photographs.

If you have any information you would like to share with the museum about your family’s farm history, call 604-465-4322 or email the museum at pittmeadowsmuseum@telus.net to set up an interview.

– by Rebecca Willmott and Madison Rear.

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