Roedde House Museum July 2020 Newsletter
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July 2020

Dear Friends of Roedde House,

Since March 17th we have been doing our part in minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19 by halting public access for tours, concerts & rentals. Since our community is now entering Phase 3 of BC's Restart Plan we are working hard to re-open the museum with public access available through self guided audio tours by appointment  Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays starting later this month.

Our priority remains ensuring the safety of our community, volunteers, staff, and visitors. There will be a pre-opening access week for members of the Roedde House Preservation Society and details of this will be communicated by email to all members with an up-to-date membership.

Our office remains open (via email or phone only please) and our staff are working on-site with the addition of our Young Canada Work's Summer student Nina Houle. Nina is focusing on a special project in our historic kitchen. If you follow us on social media, you may have noticed Nina has been posting wonderful Victorian to 1920s recipes from our museums collections. Please send us a picture when you try out one of these delicious recipes. 

Closure has offered us the opportunity to work on new programming of not only our room by room virtual tour through our website but also a self-guided audio tour with our dedicated volunteers and docents lending their knowledge, voices and stories to every room with additional stories. 

Updates regarding our re-opening will be posted on our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). We look forward to re-opening our House with COVID-19 safety measures in place - we continue to be active on social media, so please connect with us there! 

Sara, Sheila & Nina

Our July Newsletter Features:

  • #roedderecipechallenge
  • Welcome Nina our YCW Summer student!
  • Social media highlights
  • Become a Friend of Roedde House
Roedde Recipe Challenge

June 27th would have been the annual West End Strawberry Festival in Barclay Heritage Square, organized by our dear neighbours the West End Seniors Network, but cancellation has not stopped us from celebrating in our own way! Our YCW student Nina Houle decided to indulge us in a "Strawberry Week" by sharing delicious strawberry themed recipes on our social media for a special edition of our #roedderecipechallenge – see below for some highlights!

Welcome, Nina!

Welcome to our new summer student, Nina Houle! She started on June 10th, and is already fitting in splendidly. She has also provided a little bio for you all below:

 “Hi there! My name is Nina Houle, and I’m very excited to be this year’s Roedde House Programming and Collections Assistant. I’m a fourth year history major at SFU; once I’ve finished my Bachelor of Arts there, my dream is to go to grad school for library science and archival studies. I take a particular interest in social history, especially looking into women’s lives and domestic spaces, so I’ll be spending a lot of time working at the Roedde House kitchen this summer. I’m looking forward to meeting all the fantastic folks who work and volunteer here!”

She’ll be in the office Wed – Sun for July and August. 

Social media highlights

As our museum is not just yet open to the public, we're continuing to share on social media until we can be safely open again! Please click on the images to learn more.


Indigenous History Month

June was Indigenous History Month and we at Roedde House are grateful to the First Nations who have cared for this land since time immemorial; we honour their resilience, wisdom, and strength. We acknowledge that the land where our Museum stands is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. [1890’s view looking out over Brockton Point from the Vancouver Archives]

Black history in Vancouver

Do you know the story of Joe Fortes? Seraphim Joseph (Joe) Fortes was born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1863 and moved to Vancouver in 1885- here he became a legend and a much admired presence in English Bay. He touched the lives of many, through volunteering as a lifeguard and swimming instructor in local English Bay for over 30 years. He taught thousands of people to swim and saved over a hundred lives. He was well loved by children and taught 3 generations of them to swim- including Roedde granddaughters Gwen and Kay. His determination and kindness helped shift attitudes and challenge prejudices. To learn more about Joe you watch the short film made available through the National Film Board of Canada:

House Museums

We spent a week in June reminicing about local house museums we have visited in the last year and also highlighted fellow Queen Anne-revival The Lewis Latimer House in New York in recognition of Juneteenth!

Sneak Peak!

A Sneak peak of an 1890s Victorian wedding dress from the collection of Ivan Sayers that is part a a new exhibit opening soon. This dress dates from the same decade that Roedde house was built! 

Become a Friend of Roedde House Museum!

Volunteers and staff of Roedde House Museum. 


Roedde House Museum is looking for friendly, responsible, and outgoing individuals to join our supportive team of heritage enthusiasts! A variety of volunteer opportunities are available including tour guides, event and concert hosts, administrative and collection assistants! Contact Sheila at 604-684-7040 or for more information!


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! Society Members receive free entry with a plus one to the museum, concert discounts, news and invites to our special events, and a discount on house rentals. For more information, look to our membership page here.

Individual - $15 | Seniors & Students - $10 | Family (2 Adults, 2 Youth) - $25


Thank you for supporting Roedde House Museum – whether you go on tours, visit exhibitions, enjoy concerts, belong as a member, volunteer as a docent, serve on the Board, or rent our space.

Please consider also showing your support by making a donation! Roedde House Museum is a non-profit organization and tax receipts will be issued for donations of $25 or more.

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