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March 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Roedde House,

Happy March!

The Annual General Meeting quickly approaches, so mark your calendars for March 9th and be sure to pre-register for access to the Zoom link. We have a number of updates for you in this newsletter as well as a fond farewell to our Coordinator Sammy, and a special volunteer spotlight for International Women's Day. The Museum continues to be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, from 1pm to 4pm, with timed-entry tickets available online and at the door.

As always, stay safe and be well!

Sara and the Roedde House Team
Newsletter at a Glance:
  • AGM Notice
  • Staff Updates
  • Volunteer Appreciation
  • Exhibitions
  • In the Community
We will be having our Annual General Meeting online this year, on Tuesday March 9th, at 6:00pm. You must register to access the Zoom meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We hope to see you, virtually, there!
Zoom Meeting Registration Link
Fond Farewell 
Our extraordinary Community Engagement Coordinator, Sammy, is moving on to exciting new opportunities with Powell Street Fest, and while we are sad to see her go, we look forward to staying connected with her and following the the Powell Street Festival Society's wonderful programming! 

Before she left, Sammy passed along a lovely note for us to share:

"Over the past six months, I have deeply enjoyed working with the amazing team of staff and volunteers at the Roedde House Museum. Thank you all for your wonderful ideas, support, and time helping deliver programs, events, and tours. I've particularly enjoyed learning from and getting to know members of our dedicated volunteer base, and I feel especially lucky to have been a small part of this historic institution. It is with much sadness that I am announcing my departure from the Museum. This was not an easy decision to make, but I will be continuing my work in cultural programming with the Powell Street Festival. I wish everyone the best, and I shall ever be a supporter neighbour of the museum!"

Right now, The Powell Street Festival Society has a new online program series, The Paueru Gai Dialogues, which we encourage you all to explore! The series of 9 online events will gather BIPOC artists and activists to share their perspectives on current social issues. The project intends to inspire civic engagement and community building during the disruption of the enduring pandemic. Participation is free but the event does include an expectation of the audience/participants.
More About The Paueru Gai Dialogues
We're Hiring!
We're lookin for a new Community Engagement Coordinator to join the Roedde House team with a tentative start date in April of 2021. If you love working with volunteers, connecting with community members, and working to preserve heritage, then do take a look at the posting! Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 12th.
Community Engagement Coordinator Job Posting
March 8th is International Women's Day and so it seems the perfect time to highlight three exceptional women who provide a strong volunteering backbone here at Roedde House Museum!

Christine Pilgrim, Jen Raguz, and Cindy Gustin each volunteered over 100 hours in 2020. Christine tirelessly helped create our online school program and still found time and energy to dress up in good sport to staff our Speakeasy Night and our Christmas Carol Tours. Jen continued to be a charming and knowledgeable ambassador for Roedde House as a tour docent while regularly helping staff the museum each week. Cindy generously lead a special tour for VocalEye on top of her weekly tour support, while also connecting with Roedde family descendants, and independently researching Roedde-related history to improve our knowledge base. All three of these women are a true inspiration!

We are so grateful for all of our dedicated volunteers at the Roedde House Museum. Many of whom, continue to contribute online via committees, generously sharing their talents and time. Without you all we would be unable to run the museum as we do, so thank you!
Roedde Family Stories
Our latest exhibit, Roedde Family Stories, delves into memories of Roedde House shared through Roedde family items (donated by descendants), photographs from our archive, and excerpts of transcribed interviews from granddaughters Gwen Varcoe and Kay Cather who lived in and grew up in and around Roedde House. 

Matilda Roedde, the daughter of a baker, was remembered fondly by her granddaughters for her talent at making baked goods like cinnamon buns and cookies. Gwen recalled, “It seemed the house was always full of people, of talk and smells. I can remember around three o’clock when we got home from school, the bread was coming out of the oven. And the apple coffeecake was sitting on the kitchen table, bursting with raisins and cinnamon. Grandma stood in front of the big cook stove with an apron covering her whole dress, her cheeks pink. “I’m making cocoa, hang your coats” she would say to us”

You can listen to our podcast for more Roedde family stories, taken from the transcribed interviews of Gwen and Kay, and read aloud by volunteer Christine Pilgrim. These were shared as a special bonus for February's Heritage Week!

We also encourage you to take inspiration from Matilda's love of baking, and try your hand at a Victorian or Edwardian recipe taken from our historic cookbooks! You can find these recipes by following our social media hashtag #roedderecipechallenge.
Roedde House Museum Podcast
House Renovations: Preserving the Past for Future Generations 
The work to preserve Roedde House for future generations is never ending, and the Roedde House Preservation Society continues to make improvements, each year, to better preserve and restore this 1893 house. The latest projects for 2021 are already underway, with new picture rails installed in the Boy's Room and Sewing Room. Projects such as these are made possible thanks to donations from our community and supporters, so we thank you all allowing us to keep Roedde House looking young at the ripe age of 128 years old!  

Take a look at objects found during the initial restoration of Roedde House in the 1990's, now on view in a small display in our Parlour.

Learn more about the House Restoration on our website: HERE
Donate to House Preservation Projects
Where Do We Go From Here? - Vancouver Art Gallery
In 2018 Roedde House presented an exhibit curated by Katherine Dennis, Memories of the Future III, which used the history and domestic setting of the Roedde House as a backdrop for artists Diyan Achjadi and Cindy Mochizuki to mark and inscribe the House with reimagined narratives. The artists each considered an element of the museum’s print history, including the Roedde’s successful printing business and the decorative arts typical of the late 19th century. They then inserted their artworks within the period rooms, and in the process, interrupted the museum’s dominant story of a middle-class European immigrant family, to speak to Canada’s difficult colonial history.

Cindy Mochizuki created an experimental dance film, Sue Sada Was Here, which turned written texts (statements, essays, manuscripts, and poetry) by Muriel Kitagawa (1912-1974) into scores of physical movement which were then enacted in Roedde House. Kitagawa's editorial writing and unpublished manuscripts speak to the pre- and post-war period in Vancouver, particularly the injustices of the Canadian government's policies towards Japanese and Japanese Canadians. Cindy Mochizuki's work interweaves the past, present and future, with 10 Japanese Canadian performers, ranging rom the ages of 8 to 85, returning to embody Sue Sada, one of Kitagawa's pen names. The performers move within the architecture of the house and reinscribe the possibility of new arrivals, using their bodies as a way of rewriting the house's story and creating new and multiple meanings for the site's symbolic architecture.

This film is now showing as part of the Vancouver Art Gallery's latest exhibition, Where Do We Go From Here? The exhibition proposes that we think critically about the role of both art and exhibition making in the production of narratives about our past, present and future. It encourages us to reconsider our understanding of history (personal, local, national) and progress (artistic, cultural, social), while articulating perspectives that challenge colonial systems of knowledge and methods of representation. The exhibit is on until June 13, 2021!
Where Do We Go From Here? Exhibit Link
Volunteer Oportunities- Old Hastings Mill Store Museum
Vancouver's oldest building, the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum (circa 1865), is looking for volunteers to help staff at the museum or provide general assistance. With a wide variety of tasks needing to be fulfilled at the museum, all those with an interest are welcome to apply! 
Volunteer at Old Hastings Mill Store Museum
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!
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, discounts on house rentals, and contribute to the decision-making of the Museum through an invite to our Annual General Meeting. We want people who love the Roedde House Museum to have a say in its future!
Purchase or Renew Membership
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 community programs. Donations $25 and up are tax deductible.
Donate to the Museum
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 to Volunteer
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