Heritage

During a past Heritage Thursday, kids poured paint and played abstract art games. There’s one more session this summer. (Keagan Nagy, Pitt Meadows Museum/Special to The News)

Kids unlock their inner artist at Heritage Thursdays

Pitt Meadows Museum nears the end of its popular summer learning program

 

A team of volunteers recently scoured clean some of the older gravestones at Maple Ridge Cemetery, and another working bee is planned for next month. Abby Lizee, Maple Ridge Museum/Special to The News)

Volunteers speak to meaningful work cleaning headstones

More welcome to help in preserving history at Maple Ridge Cemetery on Aug. 18

 

Life-long Maple Ridge resident Ernie Daykin, former city mayor, took a selfie outside Haney House museum as part of the Historic Places Days contest, while encouraging others to get out and explore the community’s rich heritage. (Special to The News)

Visit to local museums could pay dividends

Taking a selfie in front of a historic site in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows could net $1,000

 

COVID scuttled restoration plans for the caboose roof for some time, but with a contractor in place now, locomotive and history buffs – including museum director Shea Henry – are excited to see the 80-year-old CP Rail car repaired this season. (Kemone Moodley/Special to The News)

VIDEO: Contractor set to repair roof on Maple Ridge caboose

Hope is to see the top restored this season, then to build a cover to prevent future weather damage

  • Jul 13, 2022
COVID scuttled restoration plans for the caboose roof for some time, but with a contractor in place now, locomotive and history buffs – including museum director Shea Henry – are excited to see the 80-year-old CP Rail car repaired this season. (Kemone Moodley/Special to The News)
A cluster of small fishing boats and small transport vessels stacked up at the Haney Wharf during the 1920. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Wharf puts the ‘port’ in Port Haney

Maple Ridge Museum’s director offers brief history of a landmark located on banks of the Fraser River

  • Jul 10, 2022
A cluster of small fishing boats and small transport vessels stacked up at the Haney Wharf during the 1920. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
Museum staffers Camryn Page and Lily Austin try out the croquet set on the grass at Jim Hadgkiss Park, next to Maple Ridge Museum, in preparation for a day of croquet being hosted at Haney House this Sunday. (Special to The News)

Museum offers chance to dabble in croquet

Historic sport being revived on the grass in front of Haney House this Sunday, and through summer

Museum staffers Camryn Page and Lily Austin try out the croquet set on the grass at Jim Hadgkiss Park, next to Maple Ridge Museum, in preparation for a day of croquet being hosted at Haney House this Sunday. (Special to The News)
Even during COVID, teams of community volunteers donated their time to help clean and preserve the headstones at Maple Ridge Cemetery. That effort is getting underway again next week, and volunteers are needed. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)

Seeking volunteers for cemetery cleanup

Two days are set aside this coming week for headstone preservation in Maple Ridge

Even during COVID, teams of community volunteers donated their time to help clean and preserve the headstones at Maple Ridge Cemetery. That effort is getting underway again next week, and volunteers are needed. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
Music on the Wharf resumes this coming Monday at the Port Haney Wharf at 7:30 a.m. (Special to The News)

Music on the Wharf returns to the riverside Monday

Maple Ridge Museum brings back the popular outdoor summer concert series

Music on the Wharf resumes this coming Monday at the Port Haney Wharf at 7:30 a.m. (Special to The News)
The man in the photo is believed to be a “Johnny” based on the written note: “to Margaret, from Johnny.” (Justyn Atherley/Special to The Star)

‘To Margaret from Johnny’: Aldergrove man finds mystery photo in his attic

Local mystery adds to uptick in unsolved documents, says museum president

The man in the photo is believed to be a “Johnny” based on the written note: “to Margaret, from Johnny.” (Justyn Atherley/Special to The Star)
Tiny Town was the creation of the late Jim Allen and modelled after his hometown of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. (File photo)
Tiny Town was the creation of the late Jim Allen and modelled after his hometown of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. (File photo)
Maple Ridge Museum curator Melissa Rollit strung together a handmade historic Finnish loom used for making rugs. It’s from the heritage society archives, but has never been on display before, because of space. It will be demonstrated during Saturday’s special Finnish celebration. (Roxanne Hooper/The News)

VIDEO: Museum celebrates Maple Ridge’s Finnish roots Saturday

A one-day celebration and temporary display help mark contributions made by immigrants from Finland

Maple Ridge Museum curator Melissa Rollit strung together a handmade historic Finnish loom used for making rugs. It’s from the heritage society archives, but has never been on display before, because of space. It will be demonstrated during Saturday’s special Finnish celebration. (Roxanne Hooper/The News)
Steven Guilbeault rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The environment minister says a new bill he introduced gives legal protection to Canada’s historic sites for the first time and ensures Indigenous Peoples have a stronger voice in identifying and protecting places of historic significance in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Canada’s historic sites get Indigenous voices, stronger protection in new bill

Canada only G7 country without legislation protecting historic sites, despite having more than 300

Steven Guilbeault rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The environment minister says a new bill he introduced gives legal protection to Canada’s historic sites for the first time and ensures Indigenous Peoples have a stronger voice in identifying and protecting places of historic significance in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Bertha Solderholm worked at her floor loom in the basement of her Webster’s Corners home in 1971. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives No. #P01801/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Treasured Finnish loom soon to be on display

A mid-summer event June 11 will feature this and other keepsakes representative of the culture

  • Jun 4, 2022
Bertha Solderholm worked at her floor loom in the basement of her Webster’s Corners home in 1971. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives No. #P01801/Special to The News)
Since there doesn’t seem to be any progress being made on expansion of the Maple Ridge Museum & Archives, a team of historic enthusiasts are taking the museum out to the community. First stop for the new Museum on the Move will be at the Ridge Meadows Home Show, being held in Albion from April 29 to May 1. (Special to The News)

Museum on the Move debuts at home show

Maple Ridge history will be out and about this summer in the community

  • Apr 24, 2022
Since there doesn’t seem to be any progress being made on expansion of the Maple Ridge Museum & Archives, a team of historic enthusiasts are taking the museum out to the community. First stop for the new Museum on the Move will be at the Ridge Meadows Home Show, being held in Albion from April 29 to May 1. (Special to The News)
This oak tree that stands on the front lawn of the Pitt Meadows heritage hall, was nothing more than a sapling when it was planted almost 85 years ago. (Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: An 85-year-old tree with deeply rooted history

Historic municipal documents tells of how a royal oak tree came to stand in front of heritage hall

  • Apr 3, 2022
This oak tree that stands on the front lawn of the Pitt Meadows heritage hall, was nothing more than a sapling when it was planted almost 85 years ago. (Pitt Meadows Museum & Archives/Special to The News)
Residents can access the archives for the Maple Ridge Museum by appointments on Sundays. (Shea Henry/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Looking forward to opening of archive space at Maple Ridge Museum

For first time in the historical society’s history an archival building will be open to the public

  • Mar 20, 2022
Residents can access the archives for the Maple Ridge Museum by appointments on Sundays. (Shea Henry/Special to The News)
Warren House was built for Kettle Valley Railway president JJ Warren where he and his wife and five children lived. (Penticton Museum)

Video explores B.C. heritage home before it was destroyed in gas explosion

Footage shows how much care was taken to preserve heritage of Lakeshore home

Warren House was built for Kettle Valley Railway president JJ Warren where he and his wife and five children lived. (Penticton Museum)
Doreen “Bubbles” Holland at the BC Tel office in 1927. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives #P1239/Special to The News)

LOOKING BACK: Life as a ‘career girl’ in 1920s Maple Ridge

Archives allow glimpse at one local woman’s job as a telephone operator in Hammond and Haney

  • Mar 8, 2022
Doreen “Bubbles” Holland at the BC Tel office in 1927. (Maple Ridge Museum & Archives #P1239/Special to The News)
Andrea Lister has won the Sheila Nickols award for her historic writing and editing. (City of Maple Ridge Youtube/Special to the News)

Maple Ridge announces annual heritage awards

Andrea Lister wins the 2022 Sheila Nickols award

Andrea Lister has won the Sheila Nickols award for her historic writing and editing. (City of Maple Ridge Youtube/Special to the News)
Historic Haney House in Maple Ridge. (Maple Ridge Museum and Archives P01046/Special to the News)

Online survey about Maple Ridge’s heritage plan

Community Heritage Commission seeks public feedback

Historic Haney House in Maple Ridge. (Maple Ridge Museum and Archives P01046/Special to the News)