Roedde House Museum March 2018 Newsletter
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March 2018

Luck is believing you're lucky.
- Tennessee Williams 


Dia Duit (Irish "Greetings") Friends & Family of Roedde House,

February was a fantastic month filled with love and music here at Roedde House. Vocalist and Artistic Director Catherine Laub and pianist Rita Attrot performed a sold out show in the spirit of Valentine's Day at our Sunday Classical Concert. Earlier that week, musicians Angela Verbrugge, James Meger, Dan Reynolds and Joe Poole performed exquisite music at the Roedde House Jazz Concert. Thank you all who attended and we look forward to seeing you again! To learn more about Roedde House concert series, click here

Aside from music, Roedde House was pleased to be featured on Miss604 blog. In "An Ode to Roedde House: The West End's Hidden Gem", Rebecca Bollwitt discusses her experience at the museum and observes the West End community. Check out Miss604's article here.

As a reminder, our Annual General Meeting on March 20th @ 7pm. Read on for more information - all are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you at Roedde!

Best of luck this month,
Annika & Darcie


Roedde House Annual General Meeting!

Roedde House Museum is pleased to invite you to Roedde House 2018 AGM on Tuesday, March 20th at 7PM. The AGM is a great opportunity to meet staff, board directors, and members while getting more involved with the organization. The agenda includes the newly revised Societies Act, the annual budget, and the election of board directors.

All are welcome! Museum members are encouraged to attend and cast their vote. If you would like to sign up for a membership in time for the meeting or are unsure about your current membership status, please contact Darcie directly at or 604 684 7040.

Refreshments will be provided - we hope to see you there!

The Roedde House Jazz Series is proud to present Steve Smith, Sarah Kennedy, and Dan Reynolds on Thursday, March 8th at 7:00pm.

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 Sunday March 11th, offering a pastoral program of French and Irish delights, Sounds of Green brings a bit of spring to the Roedde House Museum parlour. Celebrate this St. Patrick's Day with Albertina Chan, harp, and Chris McMullan, Uilleann pipes and low whistle.

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 at 604-684-7040 for more information.
Get your Jazz Ticket!
Get your Classical Ticket!

Meet Our Neighbours: London Heritage Farm
in Richmond, B.C.


Shelly Niemek shares information and her experience working at London Heritage Farm Society in Richmond, B.C. 

When was London Heritage Farm built? When and how did it become a museum?

In 1881, the London brothers, Charles and William London, arrived and purchased 80 hectares on Lulu Island for $25.00/hectare. As a small house was built, the brothers began clearing and draining the land in preparation for farming. They also opened a store, operated a post office called London’s Landing, and built a wharf from which they could ship out farm crops and receive supplies. Unfortunately, the small house was demolished, but the current house structure was added onto the original location in 1906.

The London Heritage Farm Society collaborated with the City of Richmond for several years to save the London Family Farmhouse. In 1978, the city purchased the house and 4.06 acres of the original farmland and registered it as a heritage site under the BC Heritage Act. Over the years, the Society furnished the house in the late Victorian era fashion in order to give visitors a glimpse of rural Richmond life during 1880's to 1930's.


Who lived and worked on the farm?
Charles and Edwin London were born in Brant County, Ontario and later moved to California in 1877. Travelling north to British Columbia, they decided to settle in Canada in search for agricultural opportunities such as in Richmond.

In 1888 Charles married Henrietta Dalzeil of Dalbeattie of Scotland and built the farmhouse that stands there today. Charles and Henrietta had eight children of whom three died in infancy. After Henrietta's death in 1916, the family stayed at the London Farm for three years before moving to Marpole area of Vancouver. However, in 1921, the eldest daughter Lucy and her husband, Herbert Howse, purchased the farm back to raise their family and farm. Sold in 1948, the Farmhouse was then rented by a series of families until its purchase by the City of Richmond in 1978.
Is the farm and house open to visitors?  If so, what can visitors expect to experience?
The London Heritage Farmhouse is open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday during the winter until July 3rd, and Wednesday through Sunday from July 4th to August 31st.  The museum is located on the upper floor of the house with six rooms displaying the furniture, pictures, clothing, quilts and everyday articles of the era, as well as many photographs of the London family. 
Any up and coming events?
March 10 &11 - British Teacakes Tea in the Tea Room (12:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
March 31 - Easter Tea in the Tea Room (12:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
April 1 - Easter Tea in the Tea Room (12:00 pm to 5:00 pm) and Annual Easter Egg Hunt
May 12 & 13 - Mother’s Day Tea in the Tea Room (12:00 pm to 5:00 pm) and 12th Annual Plant Sale (10:00 am to 4:00 pm)
June 23 - Strawberry Tea in the Tea Room (12:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
June 24 - Strawberry Tea in the Tea Room (12:00 pm to 5:00 pm) and Classic Car Show (10:00 am to 3:00 pm)

How can guests be more involved in historical sites such as London Heritage Farm?

The London Heritage Farm Society encourages members and the public with a variety of interests and skills to volunteer! If you are interested in volunteering and becoming a member of the London Heritage Farm Society, please check out our website at and complete the enquiry form in our Membership page. Ongoing activities include assisting in the Tea Room, flower heritage gardens, and clean-up work parties post events and weddings.


What do you like most about working at London Heritage Farm?
I love introducing people to the charm of this beautiful home and farm. To sit in the tea room and enjoy London Lady Tea served in the afternoon. As you look through lace curtains to see the stunning flower garden and transported in time and traditions. It is a treasured experience.
Where can I find out more about London Heritage Farm?
Facebook: London Heritage Farm @LondonHeritageFarm
Twitter: London Heritage Farm @LondonFarmBC
Instagram: LondonHeritageFarmSociety

Events From Our Neighbours

Marpole Museum & Historical Society

Marpole Community Memories
"The Way We Were - 1928 Onward"

Reminder: Saturday, March 24th, 2018
Doors open at 1:30pm - 4pm
St. Augustine's Perish Hall - 8680 Hudson Street

Video Presentation, Pictures + Newspapers
Bring Memorabilia to Share
Audience Participation Encouraged!

Tickets $10 each
Includes refreshments and door prizes!

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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