Looking Back: All about good, clean fun

The Pitt Meadows Museum is celebrating Culture Days at the end of September.

Kimiko Kubota

Kimiko Kubota

The Pitt Meadows Museum is celebrating Culture Days at the end of September.

The Pitt museum’s participation will involve an all-time favorite program: soap making.

Join us at the Pitt Meadows Museum on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 2-4 p.m. when, as part of our Museum Sundays series, Jennifer and Mark will lead a session that is all about good clean fun.

We have all the basics here, including the soap base, essential oils and some additives, like oatmeal.

But if you want something more exotic, like coconut or skittles, please feel free to bring some along to add to your bar.

Also on at the museum is our 2015 temporary exhibit “From Home to the Front,” featuring events of 1915 both at home and on the western front as presented in letters between two fictional friends.

While at the museum you can also check out the first of our listening centres that feature extracts from oral history recordings with pioneers and other former Pitt Meadows residents.

This first listening centre features the memories of Lil Shimoda (formerly Kimiko Kubota) who, as a child, was moved, along with her parents, by the Canadian government to Manitoba from Pitt Meadows in 1942.

This recording is an addition to the Japanese Canadian Hall area of our Buildings through Time exhibit and was developed by a museum youth volunteer Mark Chen, who has been working on enhancing the Japanese Canadian holdings in the archives at the museum.

Mark travelled to Winnipeg this past summer to interview Lil and also Roy Kaita, who, as a 17 year old, was also forced to leave Pitt Meadows as part of the internments of 1942.

Mark continues to seek out individuals to interview, including former Japanese Canadian residents and also people with memories of the Pitt Polder area before, during and after the Blom years.

If interested, drop by the museum and talk to Mark on any Sunday afternoon this fall and winter and he will schedule an appointment to do an interview.

Culture Days takes place from Sept. 25-27.

Please take some time, visit and support the arts in your community.


– By Leslie Norman, curator at Pitt Meadows Museum.