Roedde House Museum January 2018 Newsletter
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February 2018

A Love Note from Roedde House

Dearest Friends & Family of Roedde House,

January was indeed a wonderful month to start 2018 as we had an exciting unprecedented news appearance and two excellent concerts at Roedde House Museum!

On Thursday, January 25th, our Board Director and dedicated volunteer Lloyd McGregor was featured on CTV News: The Last Word. He provided a fantastic tour for Mike Mcardle throughout the museum.  Make sure to check out the clip at Well done Lloyd!

To boot, our first jazz concert of the year featured the wonderful artistic talents of Dan Reynolds, Karin Plato, Lorraine Foster, and Buff Allen. Likewise, we had a brilliant classical performance by the Amicus Duo of Howard Meadows and Craig Addy. The house was filled with cheer and warm hearts. Thank you all who attended!

This month, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, our beloved classical concert Artistic Director Catherine Laub will be performing with pianist Rita Attrot on Sunday, February 11th. Make it a date and listen live to Frauenliebe und Leben by Robert Schumann and Love Cycle, a setting of James Fenton poems, by Vancouver composer Stefan Hintersteininger. Will make for a lovely afternoon!

We send our love and thank you again for your continuous support with Roedde House Museum. We look forward to seeing you this February!

Best Valentine Wishes,
Annika + Darcie

Mark Your Calendars! 

Roedde House Annual General Meeting

Roedde House Museum is pleased to invite you to Roedde House 2018 AGM on Tuesday, March 20th at 7PM. The AGM is always a great opportunity to meet staff, board directors, and other members of Team Roedde, while getting more involved with the organization. The agenda includes an current and new events for the year, new budget decisions, and an election for new board members. 

All are welcome! Members are encouraged to attend and vote on executive decisions. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Heritage Week - Heritage B.C.

Every year Heritage B.C. celebrates built heritage across British Columbia and Canada. In 2018, the theme is "Heritage Stands the Test of Time". Heritage sites and museums offer insight and education about our local and national past which can be enjoyed by all generations!

This February, Roedde House Museum offers Admission by Donation on Heritage Week, February 19-25th. This includes our famous Tea + Tour on Sunday the 25th! 


The Roedde House Jazz Series is proud to present  Angela Verbrugge (vocals), James Meger (bass), Dan Reynolds (piano) and Joe Poole (drums) on Thursday, February 8th at 7:00pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Show begins at 7pm. Please arrive 15-20 minutes in advance for seat selection.

Tickets are available at the door, at, or by reservation. Concert Series passes always welcome; please call or email to reserve your spot.

On Sunday February 11th, celebrate love in all its guises this Valentine's Day. Soprano Catherine Laub and pianist Rita Attrot present the perfect pairing- Robert Schumann's beloved Frauenliebe und Leben and Love Cycle, a tour-de-force setting of James Fenton poems by Vancouver composer Stefan Hintersteininger.  

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Show begins at 4pm. Please arrive 15-20 minutes in advance for seat selection. 

Roedde House Sunday Tea + Tour included in concert ticket. Please arrive between 1pm and 3pm to redeem this feature. Contact Roedde House at 604 684 7040 for more information.
Get your Jazz Ticket!
Get your Classical Ticket!

Meet Our Neighbours: Fort Langley National Historic Site

Source: Fort Langley Website,
Nancy Hildebrand is the Promotions Officer for Fort Langley National Historic Site. Read on to learn more about the Fort Langley's visitor engagement and local programming!

When was Fort Langley established?  When and how did it become a National Historic Site?
Built in 1827, Fort Langley was a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post. Located on the banks of the Fraser River, it was once part of a trade route for the British Empire at the centre of a large population of Aboriginal people.
Right here, on November 19, 1858, the newly-sworn-in Governor James Douglas proclaimed the Colony of British Columbia. Over time, business at Fort Langley declined as British Columbia grew and changed around it. In recognition of its importance in the story of Canada, Fort Langley became a national historic site in 1923. Then in 1931, the one remaining original building was opened to the public.
Starting in the 1950s, two buildings and a bastion were added to restore the atmosphere of the original fort, with more being added in the 1990s and 2000s. Today, Fort Langley National Historic Site is part of a nation-wide family of protected areas managed by Parks Canada. Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas help tell the story of Canada.

Who primarily lived and worked in the Fort?
Workers from a variety of backgrounds were employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company to operate Fort Langley as traders, coopers, blacksmiths, a clerk and labourers. The men were French-Canadian, Métis, British, Scottish and even Hawaiian. Most of the women as well as the trading partners were from the Indigenous communities of the coast. The fort offered merchandise shipped from England such as blankets, tools and fabric in exchange for the furs and salmon that the Indigenous customers brought to the fort.

Source: Fort Langley Website,

Is the Fort open to visitors? If so, what can visitors expect to experience?
Open daily year round, visitors can pan for gold and hear the clang of the hammer at the blacksmith’s shop. Enjoy the peaceful setting and stroll past the tall log palisade, climbing the rough-hewn steps to look out from the gallery or bastions at the Fraser River and Golden Ears peaks. Meet the interpreters who bring the fur trading history of British Columbia to life.

What types of events and programming do you feature?
We feature a variety of heritage interpretation throughout the site, from guided tours to blacksmithing. The schedule varies from season to season, so check out this website for the current schedule: Children can enjoy the Xplorers activity booklet while they explore. Adults and older children will enjoy the audio tour. In the summer, the farm animals and heritage garden are a popular feature. We also offer school programs, Girl Guide programs, site rentals and birthday parties.

Source: Fort Langley Website,         
What other services/experiences does Fort Langley provide to guests?
Have you ever slept overnight in a fort? Now you can, in one of our heritage-themed oTENTik tent cabins. Each one is furnished with six bunks, table and chairs and amenities. Nearby, you can walk or bike the Fort-to-Fort Trail, explore Fort Langley’s many shops and restaurants, or tour Langley’s farms and wineries.
Any up and coming events?  
New for 2018, we are offering a “Hidden Histories” walking tour this summer to connect the site with the area’s history. We have many recurring events each year, starting with Vive les voyageurs French-Canadian Festival in January, with more events throughout the year. Popular events include Canada Day, Brigade Days (BC Day weekend), Grave Tales Walking Tours in the fall and our Christmas events.
How can guests be more involved in historical sites such as Fort Langley?
Get involved as a volunteer. We’re recruiting dedicated individuals to work alongside our Parks Canada employees to offer memorable visitor experiences. Whether you have a green thumb to help in our garden, you love to bake and want to try doing it the 1800s way, or you love meeting people from all over the world, being a volunteer can be a great experience.
What do you like most about working at Fort Langley?
Nothing beats the ambience of opening a giant wooden gate and stepping back two hundred years as you walk into your workplace. I’m always struck by the sense of place and nostalgia that the site has to offer. Working for Parks Canada is a great way to learn about our nation’s history and diversity, but also to grow with our country as it changes and grows in the present. I have the opportunity to do a variety of work and use my writing and creativity to help connect others with Fort Langley’s unique story.

Source: Fort Langley Website,             
Where can I find out more about Fort Langley?
A great place to start is our website: Even better, subscribe to our monthly newsletter to stay on top of interesting details like new exhibits, behind the scenes stories and when we release tickets for popular events. 


Events From Our Neighbours

Coquitlam Heritage - Mackin House

1920's Fashion Show with Ivan Sayers
and Silent Auction Fundraiser

February 17th, 2018
Doors open at 1pm, show starts at 1:30pm
All Saints Parish Hall - 821 Fairfox, Coquitlam

"Watch models strut down a 24’ runway in bold, beautiful, and beaded garments. Noted fashion historian Ivan Sayers will captivate and entertain as he takes the audience on a journey following the highs and lows of 1920s fashion. Learn about the change in styles throughout the decade and discover why certain materials, silhouettes, and styles were preferred."

Tickets $35 each
Coffee, tea, and light snacks included! Cash bar.
604 516 6161

Marpole Museum & Historical Society

Marpole Community Memories
"The Way We Were - 1928 Onward"

Saturday, March 24th, 2018
Doors open at 1:30pm - 4pm
St. Augustine's Perish Hall - 8680 Hudson Street

Video Presentation, Pictures + Newspapers
Bring Memorabilia to Share
Audience Participation Encouraged!

Tickets $10 each
Includes refreshments and door prizes!

Become a Friend of Roedde House Museum!


Are you interested in becoming a friend of the Museum? Then we’d love for you to be a part of the Roedde House Preservation Society! For one year, Society Members receive free entry with a plus one to the museum, news and invites to our special events, and a discount on house rentals. Members also have a direct impact on the decision-making of the Museum by voting at our Annual General Meeting. We want the people who love Roedde and all that it is to have a say in its future! Memberships start at $10. Apply HERE.

Join the front-lines and daily operations of Team Roedde! We are always looking for friendly, passionate, and dynamic community members to join our diversely talented group of Tour Guides, School Docents, Marketing Assistants, Visiting Curators, and Event Hosts! Apply HERE.

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