Pitt Meadows Day is Saturday, June 1st, and at the Pitt Meadows Museum we will be celebrating by kicking off a few of our Pitt Meadows 100th Anniversary projects and a lot more.
Our blacksmiths are in at the Hoffmann site and will be working away at the forge.
This year, master blacksmith John Adolph will also be taking a turn at the forge and the public is invited to come by and check out his exquisite art work.
Ask us about our blacksmithing 100th anniversary public art project.
Outside, if the skies clear, some members of the Fraser Valley Antique Engine Club will have a small show of their gasoline stationary engines and this year will also have a recently restored Maytag from the Hoffmann collection working alongside their own.
Our Government of Canada Young Canada Works student, Nick Pochailo, will also be on hand to show visitors around the site. Go easy on him, it is his first day of work.
Also at the Hoffmann site will be the kick-off of the museum’s Memory Band project. Made possible with a Creative Communities grant from the B.C. Ministry of Sport and Cultural Development, the Memory Band is a public art project consisting of 100 words, dates, names, phrases that relate to 100 years of Pitt Meadows history. Many of the words that will appear on the band have been researched by staff at the museum, but members of the public are also invited to submit their own suggestions for the band.
For more information, drop by the museum on Pitt Meadows Day to see what the project is all about and, if interested, pick up a nomination form.
We are also searching for volunteers to help with the routing of the band. Ask us how you can get involved.
At the General Store site, our Pitt Meadows Believe it or Not exhibit continues and will include a small theatre with footage of the Pitt Polder dikes being built.
We are also kicking off our new and improved museum web site on Pitt Meadows Day. You can view it for the first time at the museum.
Thank you, Jamie Carballo, for your months of volunteer time on the project.
Also at the museum site is our Human Resources Development Canada Summer Student, Nikki McLaren, who will be manning our exploration box and make a toy table.
Ask her about our 18th season of Heritage Thursdays for Children sessions that are scheduled to run in July and August and about museum’s Sunday programs for the month of June.
Happy Pitt Meadows Day, everyone.
– By Leslie Norman, curator at Pitt Meadows Museum.