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January 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Roedde House,

Happy New Year!


We hope you have all had a happy and healthy start to 2021. On our end, we've begun the year with some exciting new Roedde family artefact donations from Roedde descendants. This has inspired us to create an exhibit showcasing these special items while also highlighting favourite Roedde family photos from our archive. Meanwhile, in our parlour, we are showcasing some of the restoration history of Roedde House as we gear up to continue work on our 2021 restoration and preservation projects

The Museum remains open for time-entry tours, so we look forward to welcoming you into the museum!

Sincerely,
Sara & Sammy
Newsletter at a Glance:
  • Museum Hours
  • Exhibitions
  • Programs
  • In the Community
Museum Hours
The museum is open and ready for tours!

Museum Hours: Thursday / Friday / Sunday from 1pm to 4pm

A few things to know before you visit:
  • Groups of visitors (of no more than 5 people) must be made up of people in the same household, as per current health orders.
  • Masks are mandatory.
  • Visitors are encouraged to pre-purchase admission tickets online though tickets will also be available at the door.
  • Credit cards are preferred for door ticket sales, though cash will be accepted.
  • Visitors purchasing tickets at the door will have their name and number recorded for contact tracing.
  • Entry to the Museum is through the front door (ring the old fashion doorbell!)
EXHIBITIONS
Roedde Relatives: New Year New Acquisitions
Now on View!

Explore our latest Roedde related acquisitions on display in our Collections Room. As you may know, Gustav and Matilda Roedde had a family of six children living in the house, plus three St. Bernard dogs. Many of the family's descendants keep in touch, maintaining a proud and active interest in the museum. Recently, great granddaughters Martha Sturdy and Katherine Lawrence (daughters to Gwen Varcoe) generously donated family items that included leather books bound by Gustav Roedde himself in Victoria in 1887 (a year before the family moved to Vancouver)! 

Daughter Emma had moved back in with her parents, Gustav and Matilda, while her husband, Arthur Budd Cather, was overseas in WWI. Her daughters, Gwen and Kay, later shared many memories of their childhood in Roedde House. These delightful stories of their family and experiences helped the Roedde House Preservation Society in understanding how the home functioned and what it looked like in those days.
Photo of Gustav with Gwen and Matilda with Kay on her lap.
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
PROGRAMS
Roedde Recipe Challenge: Victorian Drink Recipe
Cheers to the New Year!
Join our board president Billie-Ann as she reads out Victorian recipes from our collection of historic recipe books as part of our ongoing #roedderecipechallenge. From the 1869 edition of Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks, here is apple toddy and gin sling! Tag us if you try it out!
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IN THE COMMUNITY
A Seat at the Table - Museum of Vancouver
On view until January 2022

Museum of Vancouver’s newest exhibition, A Seat at the Table explores historical and contemporary stories of Chinese Canadians in BC and their struggles for belonging. It looks to food and restaurant culture as an entry point to feature stories that reveal the great diversity of immigrant experience and of the communities immigrants develop. 

A Seat at the Table is an opportunity to consider the contributions that Chinese migrants and their descendants have made to British Columbia, a province built from the interaction of successive and concurrent waves of migration and uninterrupted occupation by Indigenous peoples. 

The exhibition is co-produced and curated by MOV, and UBC. It is made possible by generous funding from the Province of BC, the City of Vancouver, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Learn More
Sister exhibition, presented in partnership with the Chinese Canadian Museum Society of BC is now on view at the Hon Hsing Building in Vancouver Chinatown - 27 E Pender St - Learn More.
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!

Membership
Are you interested in becoming a friend of the Museum? Then we'd love for you to become a part of the Roedde House Preservation Society! For one year, Society Members receive free entry with a plus one to the museum, invites to our special events, discount on house rentals, a direct impact on the decision-making of the Museum through votes, and an invite to 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.

Donations

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 the continuation of our award winning School Tours. Donations $25 and up are tax deductible. Donate HERE.

Volunteering
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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