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February 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Roedde House,

Happy February!

We hope you enjoy this month's newsletter. There's lots of exciting online programs and exhibits going on this month at the museum, as well as in the community. 
Keep an eye on our website for more exciting announcement soon to come!

As always, stay safe and be well!

Sara & Sammy
Newsletter at a Glance:
  • AGM Notice
  • Black History Month
  • Exhibitions
  • Programs
  • Museum Spotlight
  • In the Community
We will be having our Annual General Meeting online this year, on Tuesday March 9th, at 6:00pm. A Zoom link will be sent to all members by email. Please join us if you can!

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Roedde House Preservation Society, or are in need of renewing an expired membership, you can do so by applying online. For one year, Society Members receive free entry with a plus one to the Museum, invites to our special events, discounts on house rentals, and contribute to the decision-making of the Museum through an invite to our Annual General Meeting. We want people who love the Roedde House Museum to have a say in its future!
Purchase or Renew a Membership
B.C. Black History Awareness Society
Learn more about B.C.'s Black pioneers through a new digital exhibit produced by the B.C. Black History Awareness Society and supported by Digital Museums Canada, British Columbia's Black Pioneers: Influencing the Vision of Canada. The exhibit features 20 stories, 9 videos, and 86 gallery items that include images, photographs, maps, and archival documents; all are bilingual.

Visit the Learning Centre of the B.C. Black History Awareness Society's website to for online programs and educational resources:
Explore the Online Exhibit
Spotlight on Seraphim "Joe" Fortes
Seraphim Joseph (Joe) Fortes was born in the West Indies on February 9, 1863. He came to Vancouver in 1885 and made his home at English Bay, where he would become its unofficial guardian. He volunteered all of his free time to patrolling the beaches and teaching children to swim. He became an official employee of the city in 1900, acting as Vancouver's first lifeguard. He is credited with saving hundreds of lives and teaching three generations of children to swim. He was beloved by the children he taught, and this included Kathleen Cather- the granddaughter of Gustav and Matilda Roedde. Kay was taught to swim by Joe, and she would go on to become B.C.'s first certified female lifeguard. {See photo of Gwen and Kay with their mother Emma and aunt Tilly below left}

You can watch the 2002 animated short film, "Joe", by Jill Haras, online through the National Film Board of Canada.
Watch the Animated Short Film
On Now: Roedde Family Stories
Now on View!

Explore our latest Roedde family acquisitions, now on display in the Collections Room. The display offers a glimpse into the lives of the Roedde family through photographs and stories. It follow the family's journey from their early years beginning the bookbindery to their life in Roedde House before and after the First World War.

Much of the family history was gathered from Gustav and Matilda's granddaughters, Gwen and Kathleen (Kay), who were close with their grandparents, and lived in Roedde House during the First World War. They recalled summers in Horseshoe Bay and time spent knitting socks for the War effort. You can read excepts from their recorded interviews in the exhibit!
House Renovations: Preserving the Past for Future Generations 
Now on View!

A small display of artifacts found during the house renovation is now on display in our parlour. The sequence of events that led to preservation and restoration of Roedde House started in 1966 when the City of Vancouver Parks Board purchased the 2.3 acre block between Broughton and Nicola, Barclay and Haro. Initially, the intention was to demolish all seventeen buildings on the block, known as Park Site 19, and develop a flat open, green park. Thirteen years later the Board reluctantly found that it could not carry out its original intentions. It had not anticipated the community's kinship with its heritage buildings or the City's decision to designate Roedde House to a "heritage" building in 1976.

Learn more about the House Restoration on our website: HERE
Roedde House Museum: BC Family Day 
Victorian Crafting Workshop with Roedde House Museum
Video release on YouTube: February 14th, 1pm
Join us for an afternoon of Victorian-inspired crafting in a workshop lead by local maker and arts programmer Amy Walker of Makemobile and our board president, Billie-Ann Woo!

A YouTube video, hosted on our website, will guide you on how to make your own personal or family motto collage card in the Victorian scrapbooking tradition. Create together as a family, whether in the same household, or gathering virtually. We encourage you to follow along and send your completed craft to a loved one- reviving the popular Victorian tradition of sentimental mail exchange!

~This program is made possible thanks to the support of the BC Government.
In the spirit of Valentines Day, we wanted to highlight some Roedde family romance. Flipping through Bill and Viola's photobook we see photos of the happy couple on their honeymoon in Hawaii in 1914.

You can see that in the middle of the page a note was written by Viola saying:
"Oh So Happy!"

You can view more photos from this album in our Roedde Family Stories Exhibition on now in the Collections Room.
Antique Corset Museum
Enjoy a sneak peek of corsetiere Melanie Talkington's collection of antique corsets, now the largest private collection in the world! Her collection is made up of over 300 antique corsets and underpinnings from the 18th century up to 1960. Located in Lace Embrace Atelier, you can explore a selection of Melanie's vast historical collection in the museum space at the back of the store! The current exhibit, Counter Culture: Miniature Lingerie Mannequins and Shop Displays, showcases many rare antique, vintage and reproduction pieces. The collection includes rarities from Dr. Warner's "health coresets" of the 1890's, to miniature salesman samples hailing from Paris and Canada, to corsets that remain on their original shop displays. You can learn more about antique corsets in Melanie's next online lecture, Pretty in Pink, coming up in this March!
Explore the Collection Here
Marpole Museum & Historical Society 
The Marpole Museum & Historical Society is a group of volunteers, who are brought together by a common interest in the heritage of their community, and a desire to foster and preserve memories and memorabilia of local interest.

Check out their Winter/Spring 2021 Newsletter below!
Marpole Museum & Historical Society Newsletter
Become a Part of Roedde House Museum!
Interested in Vancouver's history, preservation, and programming at Roedde House? Here are some ways in which you can get involved and be a part of the museum today!
Our donors have the unique opportunity in helping us preserve and develop the museum's mission to engage locals and visitors alike in Vancouver's history as well as make it possible for us to hold various concerts, cultural events, and community programs. Donations $25 and up are tax deductible.
Donate to the Museum
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 to Volunteer
We acknowledge that Roedde House Museum is located within the unceded, ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
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