Roedde House Museum April 2018 Newsletter
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April 2018

Spring has sprung at Roedde House! The buttercups here starting to rise, and we are more than excited to see what April brings. 

During the month of March, Roedde House Museum had a most successful Annual General Meeting: the museum budget was announced, and two new Board Directors were welcomed to the team. Thank you to all who attended the meeting! For more information about our new Board Directors, please read below. 

In other news, Roedde House Museum was featured in The West End Journal and the blog Culture Trip! The West End Journal's article "Then and Now" discusses the history of the house, West End neighbourhood, and the Roedde family. They also featured our short video "A Window to the Past" which can be found on our website here. Culture Trip on the other hand, lists Roedde House Museum in the top 12 Must-Visit Historical Sites in Vancouver! Check out the article here.

As always, thank you for your dedicated subscription to Roedde House Museum newsletter. We look forward to welcoming you to the museum this month!

All our best,
Annika and Darcie

Our April Newsletter Features:

  • Introduction to New Board Directors, Tanya McCarthy and Marie-Hélène Myre
  • Volunteer Appreciation 
  • Opening of "Canada, Your Prints are Ready!" Photography Exhibit 
  • A Roedde House Wedding
  • Upcoming April Jazz + Classical Concerts
  • Meet Our Neighbours - Provincial Edition

Welcome New Board Directors!

Tanya McCarthy

Tanya McCarthy is a Certified Professional Human Resources (CPHR) Manager with over 12 years of global experience in a variety of industries. Her areas of expertise include employee relations, inclusion and diversity, succession planning, performance management, leadership development, change management, recruitment, HR policies and best practices . Tanya holds a Bachelors of General Studies, Certificates in Human Resources Management and Change Management and is currently working on her Graduate Diploma of Business Administration. Tanya volunteers with the BC CPHR Mentoring Committee, Soup Sisters and manages her daughter's field hockey team. She loves to run, snowshoe, cook, and travel with her family. 

Roedde House Museum asked Tanya a few more questions to help readers get to know her more!

Why did you choose Roedde House Museum to volunteer?
I visited the house with my family and we were pleasantly surprised. My daughter in particular showed a keen interest in learning more about the miscellaneous items throughout the house. I realized that we could all learn from the museum and that it was important to be able to visit places like this where you can almost imagine what day to day life might have been like years ago. I also felt a small connection to the Roedde family when I learned that Gustav was a bookbinder. I worked for a commercial printing company years ago and got my husband a temporary role in the bindery department when he first moved to Canada before he was able to secure a role in his field. 

What do you look forward to in being part of the Roedde House Museum team?
I am excited to get to know the other volunteers and to be part of a great team. I look forward to learning from the team, as well as sharing my skills and knowledge while adding value. 

What is your favourite part of the house? 
Every room had items that piqued my curiosity. However, two in particular stood out for me the most. My first favourite spot is the sewing/sun room upstairs that separates the two children's bedrooms. I can just imagine the view that Matilda Roedde must have enjoyed before all of the other buildings came in and how this must have been a nice escape to stare at the water and mountains while sewing.

Also, I love to cook and was instantly drawn to the kitchen. I loved checking out all of the spice canisters and jars with words written in another language, the antique cookbooks and hand-powered appliances. I can't imagine the amount of effort it must have taken to prepare a meal without electricity or running water.

Marie-Hélène Myre

Professional interests
Retired in 2014 from Canadian Heritage where I worked, for twelve years, for the Virtual Museum of Canada. I was privileged to work with dynamic teams of innovators to share with the planet bits of Canadian history told by communities and museum curators. It was a wonderful experience which I can bring into retirement years: A certain understanding of new technologies, project management, event coordination, problem solving and a little bit on how the Canadian Government works*.

Worked twelve years with students at the University of Ottawa at the beginning of my career as an academic advisor and a financial aid counselor. This experience has given me the opportunity to meet, one on one, with bright, motivated young adults.

*When I joined the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) it was a Special Organization Agency. We worked somewhat independently from Canadian Heritage. The functioning of the Network has changed. The Virtual Museum of Canada is now managed by the Museum of Canadian History.

Personal interests
Discovered a passion for Canadian history studying business administration, part-time, at the University of Ottawa. Economic development is the topic I would have selected if I had continued my studies. Completed a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Diploma in Small Business Management at 43 and decided it was time to focus on my career and try out my newly acquired skills.

I didn’t always have a challenging professional life because of family obligations. I was fortunate to live in a housing cooperative (1985-2000) where I had various responsibilities in my community. Becoming a Board member was an excellent experience. This is why I am ready to become part of the Roedde House Museum Board.

Background at the Roedde House Museum
Became a docent in October 2015 after a tour, on a Tuesday afternoon, with Jennifer Raguz. Thank you, Jen, for sharing your enthusiasm for Roedde House. It has given me an opportunity to learn more about Vancouver history. What a great intellectual exercise. Giving tours of the house has allowed me to share my passion one on one with our visitors and other docents.

The museum is part of a network of cultural groups. It is good that Board members, staff and volunteers are visiting other facilities to show us what is being done elsewhere to get inspired. What can we do for the Roedde House Museum so it can continue on for another 20 years?


Thank You to Our Volunteers!


This April, Roedde House Museum would like to take the opportunity to thank our amazing, dedicated team of 50+ volunteers. From volunteering their time for tours, school programs, rentals, concerts, and events, to polishing silver and baking cookies, our volunteers are at the core of Roedde House Museum. As a volunteer-based society, we are so grateful for those who give their time in preserving the past for the future.

Here are some statistics about our volunteers in the past year:
  •  Over 1,900 hours have been volunteered in the museum
  •  Volunteers have helped to realize over 60 concerts, rentals & events
  •  30 school groups have participated in our 'Windows to the Past' school program
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all the volunteers here at Roedde House Museum!

Exhibition Opening: "Canada, Your Prints Are Ready!"

On Sunday, April 15th 2018, come by for the opening of Roedde House Museum's new exhibition "Canada, Your Prints Are Ready!" curated by Peter Richard Lowery. Peter will be at the museum from 1-4pm for a meet and greet, and to answer all questions about photography!

The exhibition will feature a diverse collection of original photographs which were gathered over the past 5 years from antique stores, estate sales, flea markets, garage sales and various sources. Many were misplaced, forgotten, unwanted, or never picked up, in other words "fallen through the cracks".
Lost, but now found and reunited, most are unique and have never been seen by the public. Original photos by many recognized Canadians including Gowan, Frank, Spalding, Harmon, Devine, Notman, Macatskill, Karsh and Foncie.\\

Peter Lowery on Culture Days; Source: Roedde House Museum


A Roedde House Wedding

Back in January, Roedde House Museum set the stage for the wedding of Billy and Sara Santos. To our delight, the couple has graciously offered to share their wedding experience with our readers!
The couple chose a 1930s theme and guests were asked to dress in period clothing to match! The afternoon featured classic tunes from the pianist, photographs around the museum and gazebo, and fine refreshments and tea served with Roedde House china. Congratulations Billy and Sara from all of us at Roedde House Museum!
For more information about Roedde House Museum rentals, please check our website, or contact Annika at

Roedde House Museum is proud to present Winston Matsushita on piano, Daniel Howard on bass, and Nicholas Bracewell on drums on Thursday, April 12th. 

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

Tickets are available at the door, at, or by reservation. Please call or email to reserve your spot. Concert Series passes always welcome.

On April 8th, join us for Where Truest Pleasure Is with mezzo-soprano Fabiana Katz and pianist Stephen Smith.  Featuring English repertoire by Britten, Quilter, Stanford, and Vaughan Williams and American songs by Copland and Bernstein, this elegant and accessible program will be a welcome breath of fresh, spring air.

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.
Reserve your Jazz Ticket!
Get your Classical Ticket!

Meet Our Neighbours - Provincial Edition!
Craigdarrouch Castle in Victoria, B.C.


John Hughes, the Executive Director of Craigdarroch Castle, provides historical and visitor information about Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, B.C.! 
When was Craigdarroch Castle built and who lived there?
Craigdarroch Castle, commissioned by Robert Dunsmuir, was completed in 1890 after 37 months of construction. Robert Dunsmuir died before it was complete so his wife Joan Dunsmuir moved in in the summer of 1890 with three unmarried daughters (she had 8 plus two sons) and two grand children. She lived in the home until her death in 1908.

The estate land was sold off as building lots with proceeds going to her surviving daughters and the Castle was given away as a prize. Anyone who purchased a lot was entered into a draw to win the Castle and Mr. Solomon Cameron was the lucky individual. His brother occupied the home as a caretaker and Mr. Cameron used the building as collateral for business loans then lost the building to the bank three years later. After that, the building was home to a Veteran’s Hospital, Victoria College (Now the University of Victoria) and School Board offices.
Joan Dunsmuir and Robert Dunsmuir. 
When and how did the castle become a museum?
The Society for the Preservation and Maintenance of Craigdarroch Castle was formed in 1959 by James K. Nesbitt who felt the building should be protected from redevelopment plans. By 1969 the Society and the Victoria Conservatory of Music were sharing the space with only about 20% of the building being used as a museum. The Society, now renamed as the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, took over full time operation of the Castle in January of 1980 and began restoring the building to its Dunsmuir era splendor.

Is the castle open to visitors? If so, what can visitors expect to experience?
The Castle is open 362 days a year form 10 am to 5pm (extended hours in the summer) for self guided tours. We are self funded so there are admission fees and we do have discounted rates for groups.

Visitors to Craigdarroch Castle will see many Dunsmuir era rooms as well as newly opened galleries dedicated to telling the stories of the institutional occupants. There is also a 30 minute documentary so if people want to see it they should allow at least an hour and a half for their visit (click here for the documentary introduction). We have floor maps in many languages and offer people wanting more information we offer the choice of an audio tour or an augmented reality tour on our iPad tablets. We also have 80 volunteers and 20 staff who are on hand 7 days a week to answer visitor’s questions.

We recently (December 6th, 2017) opened a new Visitor Centre and will be offering seasonal food and beverage service at our outdoor servery beginning June 1st. The new building will also begin hosting educational speakers, school programs and temporary exhibits once we get settled in.

What types of events and programming do you feature?
We have a Christmas program for grades K to 6, a program in partnership with the Victoria Shakespeare Festival for grades 7 – 12 students and can tailor a guided tour option for small college, university or adult education groups. We have a very successful theatre program that moves audiences from space to space inside the museum as they experience performances from local theatre companies. We also offer evening lectures in our educational speakers’ program which we are planning to grow in the coming years.

Source: Mike Reid Photography,

Any up and coming events?  
Launch Pad Theatre Company presents Twelfth(ish) Night, adapted from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night starting March 28th to April 14th 2018. For more information, check out our events page here

Craigdarroch Castle also presents Season 3 of Launch Pad’s Bard in the Ballroom series. Elegantly cut to an hour; tastefully fitted to the castle. A fresh take on classic plays with a Kingdom for a stage!
Readers are also invited to come in your snazziest cocktail attire and enjoy half an hour of classy entertainment and a glass of bubbly, followed by a beautiful re-imagining of one of the Bard's most well-loved comedies during this effervescent parlour evening. March 28 - April 14, 2018 from Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30pm. 
Christmas Parties.

Does Craigdarroch Castle provide rental spaces? 
We rent space for business or community groups to use for meetings and offer several wedding packages in the museum and on the large south lawn.

How can guests be more involved in historical sites such as Craigdarroch Castle?
Encouraging local visitors to take out a membership raises the level of involvement and builds closer relationships with the organization. For visitors living in other countries involvement can be in the form of recommending friends and acquaintances take a tour when in town, signing up for newsletters and staying in touch through social media. We have been successful in encouraging several people from other countries to take out memberships and make donations.
Where can I find out more about Craigdarroch Castle?
Please look at our website - - and follow our social media channels. Or give us a call; we love to talk about the museum!

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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