Roedde House Museum June 2018 Newsletter
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June 2018

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Dear Friends of Roedde House,

The month of May has proven to be an exciting and busy time at the museum! We would like to begin June's newsletter by thanking all the wonderful volunteers who hosted over 2500 visitors this month! Roedde House truly values our diverse volunteer team and their welcoming, passionate, and patient manner. It is because of them that we are able to be a unique historic and interactive space in Vancouver!

And as the school year comes to a close, it is also a great time to acknowledge our award-winning school programme. The programme has been very successful thanks to our fantastic coordinator Jenny Yule and her team of school docents! It is also through the generous support of the McGrane-Pearson Fund and our collaboration with the Stanley Park Ecology Society and the Vancouver Trolley Company that we are able to host many Inner City Schools. Thank you all!

Moving into June, Roedde House is excited to host summer visitors for tours and upcoming events. Catch our Classical concert this Sunday, June 10th, and Jazz concert on Thursday, June 14th. We are also happy to partake once again in Barclay Manor's Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 23rd.

In addition to our events and monthly concerts, we have also extended our hours this summer! Read on for further information about hours and admissions.

We hope to see you at the museum this fine June!

Warm regards,
Darcie and Kelsey

Our May Newsletter Features:

  • Extended Summer Hours!
  • Welcome Tiffany, Roedde House Collections Summer Student
  • Strawberry Festival
  • Last Month's Jazz Concert
  • Upcoming June Jazz & Classical Concerts
  • Meet Our Neighbours, Provincial Edition: Point Ellice House
  • Events from Our Neighbours
  • Become a Member!

Summer Hours

As of June 1st , the museum has extended our hours! 
Regular admission will be back in effect. 

Tuesday to Saturday: 11 to 4pm | $5 Admission.
Sunday: 1 to 4pm | $8 Tea and Tour Admission.
Monday: Closed.

Meet Tiffany, Roedde House Collections Summer Student!

This summer, Roedde House Museum has an addition to the team! Tiffany Huang joins us from UBC's Co-Op Summer Programme through Young Canada Works. Read on to learn more about Tiffany!

"In September 2018, I will be heading into my third year as a student at the University of British Columbia. In addition to being enrolled in the Bachelor of Media Studies and a Master of Management Dual Degree Program, I am further pursuing a minor in Art History. Indeed, my interests range widely. Not only am I an avid creative writer, but I also have a deep passion for photography, film making, music, and history. My appreciation for Roedde House Museum can be traced to my particular fascination with the social history of the Victorian period. For the past few years, I have personally researched the day-to-day and domestic life of Victorians, and have incorporated what I learned into a number of stories that I have written. With my varied interests, I have not yet settled upon one single career goal. However, one of my ideal professional paths is to become an archivist or curator at a cultural heritage institution. By working as a Collections and Exhibits Assistant at Roedde House Museum, I hope to gain exposure to some of the skills that such careers entail, such as managing and digitizing records and artefacts. All in all, I am looking forward to spending a fun, productive and memorable summer here at the house!" 

Save the Date: Strawberry Festival, Saturday June 23rd!

Join Roedde House Museum and West End Seniors Network for the Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 23rd from 1-4pm. Located at Barclay Heritage Square: 1433 Barclay St, Vancouver, B.C. Enjoy FREE admission!

Roedde House Museum will be hosting our famous bake sale, providing an open house, and tours by our fantastic volunteers, and featuring special musical guests!

For more information, check out the event page here!

Last Month's Jazz Concert

On May 10th, as part of our monthly Jazz Concert Series, the Kelby MacNayr Trio filled the parlour with rich interpretations of contemporary compositions and jazz standards – pieces by Duke Ellington and Thelonius Monk. Between songs the musicians answered questions from the audience, explaining, for example, musical quotations and improvisation. See them here with their fantastic instruments!

Roedde House Museum is proud to present Ben Dwyer, bass, Sharon Minemoto, piano, and Omar Amlani, drums, on June 14th at 7PM.

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

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, via reservation, or at the door. Concert Series passes always welcome.

Join us in the lovely month of June for Pastorale, featuring WindSong Trio. Soprano Catherine Laub, clarinetist Julie Begg and pianist Rita Attrot will delight and soothe you with a program including works by Bach, Handel, Schumann, Vaughn Williams, and Quilter, as well as Schuberts beloved Shepherd on the Rock.

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 2:30pm to redeem this feature. Contact Roedde House Museum at 604-684-7040 for more information.
Get your Jazz Ticket!
Get your Classical Ticket!

Meet Our Neighbours - Provincial Edition!
Point Ellice House in Victoria, B.C.

Photo: Courtesy of Point Ellice House,

Volunteer Coordinator Shirley Petters provides insight to Point Ellice House:

When was Point Ellice House built? When and how did it become a museum?
Point Ellice House was built in 1861 by a man named Work as a wedding gift to his daughter. In 1867, Peter and Caroline O'Reilly purchased the house. During their residence, the house was central to many important people who came to Victoria, such as the Prime Minister, Anglican Bishops, and Officers of the Royal Navy. Here they where entertained and dined, which often included conversations of politics.

After 108 years and 3 generations that the O’Reilly family's residence, it was sold to the Province of British Columbia in 1975. After several years, Point Ellice House opened up as a private museum while the last of the O'Reillys still occupied the house. The house has not been occupied since 1975.

     Photo: Courtesy of Point Ellice House,

What is a unique feature about Point Ellice House?
It’s enormous collection of Victoriana artefacts is quite unique. Not only are they displayed for the public, but we have a large permanent collection in storage. Soon, the collection will come out of hiding and experienced by the public.

Is the house open to visitors? If so, what can visitors expect to experience?
The historic house and grounds are open to the public, this year from February to December. Visitors can experience the wonderful woodland grounds, kept in the glory of the 1800’s, on the beautiful Gorge waterway where High Tea is served on the lawn in summer. Visitors are also able to take tours of the historic house which contains the largest authentic collection of Victoriana still in it’s original setting. Tour Guides take visitors through telling them all the wonderful stories of the O’Reilly family and Peter O’Reilly’s involvement with the history and government of British Columbia during the Gold Rush.

Photo: Courtesy of Point Ellice House,

What types of events and programming do you feature? 
Every month of the year we host at least one special event in addition to the regular days of opening. Events include Valentine’s Day, Mother's Day, Hallowe’en and Christmas to name a few. Weddings, Birthday Parties, Book Openings and meetings, and so on, can be booked for the site at any time.

Point Ellice also hosts afternoon tea on Saturdays and Sundays prepared by Truffles Catering. We serve tea in the Visitor Centre and, during summer hours, on our Gorge-View Lawn. Tea services are available at 12:00pm, 12:30pm or 1:00pm. The afternoon tea menu includes:

Savoury Finger Sandwiches
Coronation Chicken
Cucumber and herbed cream cheese
Wild smoked BC Salmon with cream cheese
Egg and cress

Sweet and savoury
Served with strawberry compote and devonshire cream

White and dark Chocolate Truffles
Summer Tartlet
French Macaroons
Lemon slice

The Afternoon Tea includes a choice of tea, coffee or lemonade.
Vegan Options Available!

Tea service is by reservation only and all reservations must be made by Friday at 12:00pm. The cost is $38.00 per person, plus tax. Gluten-free and vegan options are available for a small charge.

Photo: Courtesy of Point Ellice House,

What is The Secret Vintage Shoppe? 
The Secret Tea and Vintage Shoppe is located at our reconstructed barn on site. It is a wonderful collection of period items sourced by our volunteer manager of the Shoppe. A delicious "high tea" can be pre-ordered and enjoyed in the barn complimented by a shopping experience offering a variety of vintage and interesting objects at reasonable prices. The upstairs loft area can be rented for small gatherings. There are display cases in the shoppe showcasing intriguing objects from the collection of O'Reilly artefacts as well. This shop contributes to the various funding requirements to keep Point Ellice House alive and running!  

How can guests be more involved in historical sites such as Point Ellice House?
Guests/Visitors can become involved by becoming a member of the Preservation Society of Point Ellice House and many other sites like ours. This helps in the preservation and restoration of historical houses and museums. They can also become a Volunteer at any of the historical sites holding a wide variety of positions, all to accommodate amazing visitor experience. The many friendships formed amongst the volunteers makes it all worthwhile to continue giving time and effort for something one loves and appreciates!

Where can readers find out more about Point Ellice House?
Our website is, and please follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Events from Our Neighbours

Marpole Museum & Historical Society
Treats and Treasures
Saturday, July 7th 2018, 10-3PM
Refreshments available. 
For more information visit Marpole Museum website

Barclay Manor Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 23rd 2018, 1-4PM
For more information, check out the event page here
Don't forget! Roedde House is participating! 

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. Join 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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