Roedde House Museum December 2017 Newsletter
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December 2017

Happy Holidays from Roedde House Museum

[Image: Vintage Victorian Postcard from the Museum's Collection]

Dear Friends & Family of Roedde House,

It's hard to believe that we've already reached our final newsletter of the year. It has truly been a banner year for the museum, attracting close to 8,000 visitors in 2017! This is largely thanks to programming like our concerts (led by Artistic Directors Catherine Laub and Daniel Reynolds); the Tourism Challenge; and, of course, our wonderful docents and tour guides, who graciously welcome visitors all year-round. 

We are also pleased to announce that, as of Friday December 1st, the museum is officially decorated for the festive season! Read on for news and photos from this year's decorating party for our volunteers and members, as well as our holiday opening hours. 

Whether it be for one of our concerts or a tour of the house in full decor, we look forward to welcoming you to Roedde House for the holidays!

Best wishes,
Alyssa & Annika

The Roedde House Jazz Series is proud to present Steve Kaldestad on saxophone, Daniel Reynolds on piano, and Paul Rushka on Bass on Thursday, December 14th at 7:00pm.

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

On December 10, join us for a concert with William George, tenor and Stanton Jack, guitar. With music inspired by the poetry of such luminaries as Rumi, Rilke, and Shakespeare by composers from Vancouver and all points on the map, Lyrichord presents a well-traveled program which will surely please every musical palate.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. 

Save the date for our 2018 series, starting Sunday, January 14th!
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Show begins at 4pm. Please arrive 15-20 minutes in advance. 
Get your Jazz Ticket!
Get your Classical Ticket!
A Wistful Farewell from Programme Assistant, 
Alyssa Sy de Jesus

Dear Friends & Family of Roedde House,

After almost five years of serving on "Team Roedde", I will be moving on from Roedde House at the end of this year. I would like to thank the museum for giving me the opportunity to grow in so many directions. It has truly been a most exciting and enriching experience to work from an office located in the home of Vancouver's first bookbinder!

Starting in January, I will be taking on my role as Curatorial Coordinator for the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation's (tentatively titled!) Story Centre, opening in late spring on Pender Street. During my time here, I was very fortunate to work with three very talented and dedicated managers. It is from their example, the Board's, and of course our indispensable team of volunteers that I was able to learn so much about how a community can come together to promote and engage people in the history of a neighbourhood. I will continue to apply what you have all taught me in my work with another historical part of our city.

Roedde House is truly what it is because of you: the people who choose to generously invest your time and recognize of its significance to our city's history and community. Thank you for all that you do and are to Roedde House. Our volunteers are the reason why we are able to open for tours, host special events, feature a schools program, present new exhibits, and maintain a web presence amongst so many more other things! May you continue to inspire your next volunteer and community coordinator as you have inspired me.

Best wishes for the new year,
Roedde Re-Cap: 2017 Holiday Decorating Party

This year, Roedde House members and volunteers gathered once again to deck the Roedde halls in Victorian holiday cheer!

Friends new and old decorated this year's tree in between sips of mulled wine and bites of yummy treats. Volunteers Christine Pilgrim and Barbara Dale kindly organized colourful and inviting decorating stations for the evening. Volunteer Artem Penner took the time to pick up this year's Christmas tree which was was once again generously donated by Brent and Andrea Robertson. Andrea's father, Art Langley, was instrumental in the preservation of Roedde House and creation of Barclay Heritage Square as director of the City's Civic Buildings Department in the 1980s. We would like to share a special thanks to Brent and Andrea for their wonderful gift to the museum. 

Thank you to all our volunteers and members who came out last Thursday night. Our annual decorating party is a wonderful reminder that the museum is truly a labour of love and community. 
A Jane Austen Christmas at Roedde House Museum: CANCELLED

We regret to inform you that A Bunch of Actors Theatre Collective's  "A Jane Austen Christmas at Roedde House Museum" has been cancelled due to a family emergency.
Roedde House Holiday Greeting Cards

Photo: Darcie Dyer

This season we are proud to debut our very own brand of Roedde House Holiday Greeting Cards! The tradition of sending Christmas cards started in the Victorian era. The invention of the "Penny Post", a very affordable way for people to send letters and notes to each other, inspire the invention of postcards and greeting cards. Victorians made cards for each and every occasion and season, including of course, the holidays. We are so very glad to be able to provide our guests with an opportunity to share a piece of Victorian holiday history with friends and family this season.

Cards are $4 each and $12 for a set of four (one of each design). Images on cards are inspired by and taken from authentic Victorian Christmas cards. Board Member Silmara Emde designed these beautiful cards for us. 
Museum Holiday Hours

The museum will be open for its regular hours, Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm, with the exception of the following days: 
  • Boxing Day, Tuesday December 26
  • New Year's Eve, Sunday December 31
Meet Our Neighbours: Burnaby Village Museum

This December, we are excited to feature our neighbours at Burnaby Village Museum. Assistant Programmer and Volunteer Coordinator Dianne McLeod took some time to tell us a bit about the museum and their annual Heritage Christmas program!

How old are the oldest buildings at Burnaby Village Museum? Were they always located in the village? When and how did it become a museum?
The Burnaby Village Museum is the resulting project of a section of the Burnaby Centennial Committee of 1971, who were tasked to come up with a permanent commemorative project. The vision was to create an "open-air museum reflective of tram-stop community".  The museum successfully opened to the public in November 1971. Designed to show what life was like in Burnaby in the early 20th century, the village included "a blacksmith shop, buggy and bicycle shop, general store, land office, school house, manor house, ice cream parlour, apothecary shop, barber shop, dentist shop, Chinese general imports shop, print shop, and tram". At the time, it was called "Heritage Village" until 1984, when it was renamed "Burnaby Village Museum". 

The oldest building on site today is the Love Farmhouse, as parts of it were built in 1893. It was moved to our site in 1988 from its original location near 18th Street and Cumberland Avenue.

Which historical building is your favourite in the village?
I love them all as each has their own unique history and story to tell!

What should visitors know if they are planning to visit (eg, opening hours, entrance fee)?
All visitors should look us up on the web as information there is current. A phone call to our front office at (604) 297-4565 also works and there is a recorded message with appropriate updates. Admission is free to the public!
What types of events and programming do you feature?

We offer a variety of program all year-round. We have school programs; Spring Break and Summer Camps; special seasonal events; tours on special topics; theatre and more!

Any up and coming events?  

We opened for Heritage Christmas Saturday, November 25 – the most enchanting time of the year to visit! Special entertainment is scheduled throughout the season including theatre performances, community choirs, street characters and musicians. Many family-favourite activities are back including a craft for children, baking in the Farmhouse and, of course, visits with Father Christmas.

 Public hours are: 
November 25 – December 15: Monday-Friday 1 – 5:30pm; weekends  1 – 9pm.                December 16 – January 5: 1-9pm.

Closed December 24 & 25.

Admission is free. 
What do you like most about working at Burnaby Village Museum?

I work in the most beautiful setting anyone could imagine. I love it all!  

Where can I find out more about the museum?

Check us out on our website
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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