Val Patenaude

An aerial view taken in late 1966 or early 1967

Looking Back: Canada: Party like its 1967

In 1965, the district of Maple Ridge struck a centennial committee to make plans for the celebration of Canada's 100th anniversary.

An aerial view taken in late 1966 or early 1967
Fishing boats locked in by choppy ice in Albion

Looking Back: Tales of ice from years past

For a generation, at least, outdoor skating has not been an option.

Fishing boats locked in by choppy ice in Albion
Girl with pumpkin

Looking Back: Halloween, the war years

The first reference to “trick or treat” was in an Alberta newspaper in 1927.

Girl with pumpkin
The winning quilt and crochet work at the 1958 Fall Fair was a traditional patchwork pattern that used many  different types of fabric to make an eight-pointed star.

Looking Back: Industry and thrift, a story in every quilt

Quilting came to England in the Middle Ages as crusaders brought it back as undercoats for metal armor.

The winning quilt and crochet work at the 1958 Fall Fair was a traditional patchwork pattern that used many  different types of fabric to make an eight-pointed star.
Crows and seagulls at the Cottonwood landfill in 1985.

Looking Back: Please, do not feed the pigs

Novel approach to garbage collection problem proposed in Gazette editorial.

Crows and seagulls at the Cottonwood landfill in 1985.
Costumed volunteers pose with a vintage car at the museum’s 5th Anniversary in 1989.  The Golden Ears Chapter of the Vintage Car Club has been a presence at every celebration the museum has had and will join us again on Aug. 10th with an assortment of beauties.

Looking Back: Celebrate 40th anniversary with Maple Ridge Museum

On Aug. 8, 1984, museum moved into the former brickyard manager’s house.

Costumed volunteers pose with a vintage car at the museum’s 5th Anniversary in 1989.  The Golden Ears Chapter of the Vintage Car Club has been a presence at every celebration the museum has had and will join us again on Aug. 10th with an assortment of beauties.
Mrs. Emma Showler on the Fraser River in Whonnock at the foot of what is now 272nd Street in 1922.

When freezing cold was beautiful

Maple Ridge was first settled around the end of what was called ‘The little ice age.’

Mrs. Emma Showler on the Fraser River in Whonnock at the foot of what is now 272nd Street in 1922.

Sointula, the musical, a sold out show

The move from Nanaimo to Sointula involved men desperate to leave underpaid and dangerous work in Lord Dunsmuir’s coal mines

A pinwheel quilt with 399 names embroidered on the lighter triangles

Looking Back: Stories behind community quilts

A column by the Maple Ridge Historical Society

A pinwheel quilt with 399 names embroidered on the lighter triangles
The Webster’s Corners Co-op Exchange buildings

Another Maple Ridge landmark gone

If you want to preserve history, now's the time to speak up as district develops heritage plan

The Webster’s Corners Co-op Exchange buildings
Historic photos are a way of telling us who we are.

Building a bank of community images — for the future

Scanning your family photos – especially if you have inherited collections from your elders – is an enormous undertaking

Historic photos are a way of telling us who we are.
An Eaton’s ad for shoes from the 1920s.

What your shoes say about you

A historical column by Val Patenaude, the curator of the Maple Ridge Museum

An Eaton’s ad for shoes from the 1920s.
The building was repainted in fall 1936.

Looking Back: Why we care about an old garage, dealership

The garage opened in March 1931, coinciding with the completion of the highway.

The building was repainted in fall 1936.