Roedde House Museum August 2018 Newsletter
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August 2018

Photo from Roedde House Online Collection. To see more, click here.

Dear Friends of Roedde House,

August has arrived along with the sun and heat! Featured above is Emma Roedde-Cather's daughters Gwen Cather (age 8), Betty Barr and Beverly Barr (Roedde Friends and Neighbours), and Kathleen Cather-Haugh (age 6) taking a dip near Gustav and Matilda's Horseshoe Bay property in West Vancouver. Here at Roedde House, we hope you are enjoying the summer much like these fine ladies. If you need a break from the sun, come by the museum to learn more about Emma and her daughters. Our summer hours will continue be in effect for August: Tuesday to Saturday, 11-4pm and Sunday, 1-4pm!

This month, the museum hosts our second outdoor jazz concert on the porch on Thursday, August 9th at 7pm. Sip on some fresh lemonade while listening to the sounds of the Ben Henriques Trio. For more information about our jazz porch series, classical concerts, and a peek of our last outdoor jazz concert, read on below.

Roedde House is also open for BC Day on Monday, August 6th from 1-4pm. Come by for a guided tour with out fantastic volunteers! Admission by donation.

Lastly, a reminder to keep an eye on our social media, Facebook and Instagram, for more updates throughout the month. We are always posting about fun Roedde facts and upcoming events!

We look forward to welcoming you this August,
Kelsey and Darcie

Our August Newsletter Features:

  • Last Month's Jazz Concert
  • Upcoming Jazz & Classical Concerts 
    • Summer Jazz Porch Series
  • Meet Our Neighbours Provincial Edition!
  • Become a Friend of Roedde House

Last Month's Jazz Concert

On Thursday July 12th, Bassist and composer Eli Davidovici, drummer Mili Hong, and pianist Dan Reynolds played a mix of traditional repertoire and original music on the Roedde House porch. It was a beautiful evening and entertained regular patrons, passers by, and neighbours alike! Even the local gods came by to enjoy the cool jazz.

Read below about our upcoming Porch Jazz Concert on Thursday, August 9th!
Photographs Courtesy of Bruno Fraiha - Website, Instagram

Join us on Thursday, August 9th for the Ben Henriques Trio Jazz Concert. While performing mainly standards this trio makes music with a strong emotional impact while telling a story.  The group’s sound is at once intimate and aggressive and is reminiscent of the jazz legends that have come before, but with their own unique take.

Ben Henriques on Sax, Wynston Minckler on Bass, and Omar Amlani on Drums.

We encourage guests to bring blankets and lawn chairs as seating is limited. Concert starts at 7 pm.

Admission by Donation
We hope to see you there!

Join us on Sunday, August 19th for Story Time with Michael Park. Pianist, composer, and story teller Michael park performs a one-man recital of music for speaking pianist, narrating stories about love, death and everything in between.

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

*These concert series would not be possible without the generous support of the McGrane Pearson Fund and the Vancouver Foundation.*
For More Information
Get your Classical Ticket!

Meet Our Neighbours Provincial Edition!

O'Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C.

Photo: Historic O'Keefe Ranch in foreground; Courtesy of David Skelhon, Skyworks Media

Curator Carla-Jean Stokes provides insight into the O'Keefe Ranch!
When was the O’Keefe Ranch established? When and how did it become a heritage site?
O’Keefe Ranch was officially founded June 15, 1867 by Cornelius O'Keefe - just two weeks before Canadian confederation. Starting at 160 acres, the Ranch grew to 12,000 acres by the turn of the century. In 1876-77, the first real family home was built. Much like other Okanagan Ranches, the land was used for thousands of cattle. The myth of the “cowboy” grew up around the young men who worked with the cattle, even though the mystique of the untamed and romantic cowboy life was sometimes belied by the rough, low-paying life that they actually led.

Since much of this land was prime Okanagan bottomland and desirable for the up and coming orchard industry, the pressure was great for O’Keefe to sell. This he did in 1907 but the O’Keefe family stayed and lived in the beautiful Victorian house that O’Keefe had built in 1886. A church was additionally added on site in 1889.

O’Keefe Ranch switched from being a working ranch to an historic site in 1967. After the death of Cornelius in 1919, his wife, Elizabeth, and later his son, Tierney, managed the O’Keefe Ranch and carefully maintained the buildings and grounds of the original ranch “home site”. Tierney and his wife Betty decided to celebrate Canada’s centenary by re-opening the Ranch as an historic site for people to visit and to preserve the history of BC Ranching. They ran it for 10 years before the Ranch was transferred to the City of Vernon. Today it is still owned by the City and is operated by a non-profit society. 
Photo: Ranch Map;

Who lived and worked on the ranch?
As Cornelius had 17 children over three marriages, the O'Keefe family lived on the Ranch for 110 years. With a large family and thousands of cattle on site, the O'Keefe Ranch hosted countless "cowboys", ranch hands, governesses, and cooks. In fact, our new exhibition What was it Like to Work at O’Keefe Ranch? puts our visitors in the shoes of people who worked here in order to get a sense of what their average day might have looked like.

We particularly like to remember the O'Keefe's wives roles in running the Ranch. For example, it is said Mary Ann O’Keefe was the one who ran the General Store on site. Then too, when Cornelius died in 1919, his third wife, Elizabeth, took over all Ranch operations. Being a museum now allows us to bring these stories to light.
Photos: Cornelius O'Keefe and O'Keefe House;

When is the ranch open to visitors? 
What can visitors expect to experience?
The Ranch is open each year from May – October. Visitors should check out or find us on social media to get the exact dates. All of our buildings will be open for visitors to wander through, and everyone who visits gets a free tour of the O’Keefe Mansion included in their admission. Every year we have new exhibitions in the Greenhow Museum, and we try to introduce new programming, so even if people have visited us before, we will have something new to experience.

What is a unique aspect of O’Keefe Ranch?
One of the most unique things about O’Keefe Ranch is it holds a large collection of the family's belongings. Approximately 25% of our artefact collection belonged to the family before 1977, as well as thousands of documents relating to the General Store and the Mansion between 1886 and 1929. That makes us feel really lucky.

Photos: General Store; Courtesy of TripAdvisor 

What types of events and programming do you feature?
Throughout August, we are holding a Victorian School Lesson from the Balmoral Schoolhouse every Saturday. Visitors get to sit in antique desks while a school marm refreshes them on God Save the Queen and the 3Rs. We also did Yoga with Goats! We also hold major monthly events, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Family Fun Days in August. On these days, we have had live music, food, family-friendly art activities, pony rides, stagecoach rides, and even Curator-led tours of the Ranch on a horse-drawn wagon. It’s a great way to get outside with the whole family. We have many more events and programs, and the best way to hear about them is to sign up for our mailing list! You can find it here.

Any upcoming events?
On Sunday, August 19th, O'Keefe Ranch will have a Country Fair. Go back in time and enjoy some soft serve while you play some old fashioned games! Make your way through the corn maze and get your face painted at this classic event. Enjoy the regular ranch activities including pony rides, mansion tours, tractor rides, local artisans, and visit all of your favourite animals. For more information, click here.

Photos: Courtesy of Vernon Morning Star. Check out the article here.

How can guests be more involved in historical sites such as the O’Keefe Ranch?
Guests can purchase a season pass to visit the Ranch as many times as they’d like in a calendar year. It’s good for all of our non-ticketed events and programming as well as general admission. Local guests can also try their hand at volunteering; our volunteers staff the General Store, do gardening, help us decorate and host events, etc. Those people who like to get very involved should purchase a membership to the O’Keefe Ranch and Interior Heritage Society. That gives members voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting. If they’re interested in giving back to the community, they can also run for a position on our Board of Directors.
Where can I find out more about the O’Keefe Ranch?
You can find us online at, and we’re also on Facebook as Historic O’Keefe Ranch, Instagram and Twitter. We really believe in the power of social media, so we update it often and that’s the best way to see what we’re up to, even in the off-season.
Experience Historic O'Keefe Ranch

Become a Friend of Roedde House Museum!


Volunteers Jen and Marie-Helene. Photo by Bruno Fraiha - Website, Instagram


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 Darcie 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, news and invites to our special events, and a discount on house rentals. For more information, look to our membership page here.

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

Donate: Preserving the Past for the Future

Like most small museums across Canada, Roedde House depends largely on the financial support of the community to maintain its valuable events, programs and collections. We invite you to express your support for Vancouver’s only house-museum and become a donor! Tax charitable receipts are issued for donations of $25 or more. For more information, look to our website

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