Roedde House Museum May 2019 Newsletter
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May 2019

Card from the museum collection. For more information click here.

Dear Friends of Roedde House,

We had our AGM in March! Please join us in welcoming our new board members. We're really happy to be working with them!

You will also find information about both of our concerts and our speaker series event, as well as a few other special events that we are hosting in June.

Looking forward to seeing you at the museum!

Kelsey and Montanna

Our March Newsletter Features:

  • Roedde House Museum Hours
  • Admission Price Increase
  • New Board Members
  • In Memoriam - Nancy Tillson
  • Upcoming Classical and Jazz Concerts
  • Roedde House Speaker Series
  • Call For Papers - Speaker Series
  • An Evening with Gretchen Roedde
  • The Year of Magical Thinking
  • Become a Friend of Roedde House

Roedde House Museum Hours

The Museum is open Tuesday to Friday, Sunday, 1-4 PM, and closed Saturday & Monday.

From April 21 to May 31, we will be open by donation in order to facilitate Vancouver's annual Tourism Challenge. If you are taking part in Tourism Challenge, please refer to the front page of our website under 'Featured Events' for more information.
Admission Price Increase
Please note that starting on June 1, 2019, our admission price will be increasing to $10 for all days of the week (including tea and tour).

Starting in June, we will also be open by donation on the last Friday of each month.

New Board Members

We had our annual general meeting on March 19, 2019. As a result, we have two new board members!

Our new board member in charge of Exhibitions is Sarah Wang. Sarah Wang currently works at the Vancouver Art Gallery in education and visitor research. She has a bachelors degree in art history and international relations from the University of Toronto. She was raised in Beijing, Ottawa, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Vancouver, before going to school in Toronto then returning to Vancouver where she has resided the longest. As an immigrant, she is very interested in the history of Vancouver and the variety of indigenous and immigrant communities who call this region home. Other interests include food, (watching) boxing, and ceramics.

Artem Penner, practiced museum husband, lifter of chairs, and technology-wrangler, has recently taken on a position on the board as a Director-at-Large. Artem is an IT management consultant concentrating primarily on process improvement and enterprise architecture. In his spare time, he enjoys competitive gardening, border collies, and travel. 

A full list of board directors can be found here.
In Memoriam - Nancy Tillson
We are sad to note the passing of one of Roedde House Museum's founding volunteers, Nancy Tillson, who died on December 20 2018 at the age of 98.

Nancy Tillson lived in the West End for many years and volunteered at Roedde House in her retirement. In addition, she was an avid swimmer and bridge player. Roedde House would like to acknowledge all of the work that Nancy did for the museum over the years and send best wishes to her family.
Upcoming Classical and Jazz Concerts
On May 19, the museum hosts early music consort, Vancouver Viols in a program entitled Viol Works for Three: Viola da gamba music of the Renaissance and Baroque.  Players include local favourites Anne Duranceau, Colin Miles, and Pat Unruh, and there will be instrument show and tell during and following the performance.  Please reserve your ticket in advance as concerts with the Vancouver Viols consistently sell out well before the performance date.

The classical concert is on May 19th at 4pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and members. Show begins at 4 pm. 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 Endowment Fund and several private donors.*
Join us for our May 9th jazz concert featuring Steve Smith on bass, Dan Reynolds on piano, and Andrew Nemr tap dancing!

Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator and speaker, Andrew has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, directs the Tap Dance Freedom education platform, and co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., along with his mentor Gregory Hines.

The jazz concert is on May 9th at 7pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and members. Show begins at 7pm. 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 Endowment Fund and several private donors.*
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Roedde House Speaker Series
Francis Rattenbury. City of Victoria Archives

On the last Wednesday of every month, you are invited to join us for our Roedde House Speaker Series. Each event will feature up to three speakers who are experts in regional history, literature, or heritage conservation. The topics will change monthly, and there will always be something new to learn!

This month's speaker will be Josef Méthot. Josef Méthot holds an Honours B.A. in Medieval Studies and French Literature from the University of Victoria, and a Master's in Medieval History from the University of Toronto. He has presented frequently to academic and general audiences on historiography - the thorny problem of finding the right questions to ask about history. A volunteer docent at Roedde House, he previously worked as a guide both at the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and in historic Victoria, introducing the Rattenbury story to thousands of visitors.

Josef's talk is titled "Rattenbury Beyond the Scandal: Francis Rattenbury and the Frontier Promise of British Columbia, 1891-1927." British Columbia has proudly claimed Francis Mawson Rattenbury as its greatest architect, and counts his exploits and death among its greatest scandals. What relevance, however, does Rattenbury's story have for 21st-century British Columbians? This talk will examine Rattenbury's career and life in BC outside of the limelight of scandal. It will show that as much as Rattenbury aimed to build his own luminous career out of the frontier promise of early BC, that career also was unavoidably shaped by the greater social and cultural changes of the province he sought to dominate. 

Tickets for this event are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors, students, and members. Tickets can be purchased online by hitting the button below, or at the door. Hope to see you there!
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Call for Papers - Roedde House Speaker Series

Roedde House Museum hosts a speaker series on the last Wednesday of the month from 7-9pm and is currently recruiting speakers for the talk on June 26. Topics of interest include Victorianism, local or regional history, and heritage and conservation. Successful applicants should be either faculty, graduate or senior undergraduate students, or a professional in the topic being presented on. Presenters can either present alone for 30 to 40 minutes, or as part of a panel of three speakers, with each speaker having 15-20 minutes.

Interested parties should send an abstract (250 words) and a CV to Montanna Mills, at This event has a rolling deadline - the next deadline is 11:59pm on May 22, 2019. Submissions will be assessed based in part on suitability of topic to a general interest audience of varying education levels. Please send panel submissions in a single email and include a 250 word statement about how the presentations are connected.

A small honorarium will be provided to successful applicants.
An Evening With Gretchen Roedde
Gretchen Roedde will be hosting another reading at Roedde House Museum! This event will take place on June 5th at 7pm and benefit Horizons, an NGO that works to eliminate poverty in Central America and Mexico. Tickets can be purchased here.
The Year of Magical Thinking
Tomo Suru Players will be presenting The Year of Magical Thinking at Roedde House from June 11-16, 2019. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Become a Friend of Roedde House Museum!


Volunteers and staff of Roedde House Museum. Photo by Florian Garrone.


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

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


Thank you for supporting Roedde House Museum – whether you go on tours, visit exhibitions, enjoy concerts, belong as a member, volunteer as a docent, serve on the Board, or rent our space.

Please consider also showing your support by making a donation! Roedde House Museum is a non-profit organization and tax receipts will be issued for donations of $25 or more.

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