What's Happening at PoCo Heritage
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PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives is operated by the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society. 
150-2248 McAllister Street, Port Coquitlam, BC. V3C 2A5
Our mission is to celebrate and preserve Port Coquitlam's diverse heritage and culture through community engagement.

Annual General Meeting

On April 18th we hosted our Annual General Meeting!

We shared with our membership all the progress we have made in the last year, honoured our fabulous, hard-working volunteers, and voted in our new PoCo Heritage Board of Directors!

We were also joined by the Terry Fox Library who provided us with their fun green screen for some old time heritage photos. Thank you! 

The new PoCo Heritage Board of Directors: (L-R) Director Lily Liu, Treasurer Aynsley Wong Meldrum, President Linda Sliworsky, Director Brian Hubbard, Past President Julie Schmidt, and Director Meg McLaughlin (not pictured). 

Mikaela from the Terry Fox Library taking photos of PoCo Heritage members and Board with their green screen.  

President Linda Sliworsky thanking retiring Board member Marnie Maule, and recognizing and thanking our wonderful volunteers Aynsley Wong Meldrum, Brian Hubbard, and Bryan Ness for all of their amazing work in the last year. Thank you so much!   
Community Cleanup Event
This past Saturday we hosted our first Community Cleanup/Geocaching Cache In Trash Out event! 

Thank you to everyone who came out - during some very interesting weather - to Lions Park and picked up some trash. You are helping to keep Port Coquitlam beautiful!

Join us for our next Community Cleanup Event on May 25th at Gates Park!

Ongoing Exhibits
Canada 150 - "Vulnerability to Village"
PoCo Heritage Exhibit in City Hall  

Last year PoCo Heritage was invited by United Way Avenues of Change to join their "Vulnerability to Village" project on the Northside of Port Coquitlam, alongside Irvine Elementary School. This project and their associated #HiNeighbour campaign aimed to strengthen the sense of community in this neighbourhood, and resulted in the creation of Little Free Libraries all around Port Coquitlam.

PoCo Heritage went into the kindergarten classrooms of Irvine Elementary armed with copies of archive photos and watercolour paint and invited the children to add a little colour to Port Coquitlam's history! The resulting pieces of art are currently decorating the base poles of many of the Little Free Libraries around the city, and are now also on display in City Hall. 

This display series, originally created last year to celebrate Canada 150, aims to connect the students of local schools to history and culture by providing a creative space for direct engagement between art and heritage. If you would like your class to be featured in upcoming City Hall exhibits please contact us at
Upcoming Exhibits
Naturally PoCo
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives

This exhibit will explore Port Coquitlam's natural beauty through the lenses of community photographers.

Every year the residents of Port Coquitlam submit their photos to our exhibit collaborators, the City of Port Coquitlam, for publication in the City's Naturally PoCo" Community Calendar. In our Naturally PoCo exhibit we will be exhibiting a selection of the hundreds of photos that do not make it into the calendar. Come explore Port Coquitlam's beautiful seasons with us! 

"Early Morning Walking on the PoCo Trail" by Jim Williams.  

"Dancing Dogwood" by Danielle Cooper.  

"Blakeburn Lagoon Sunset" by Bryan Ness.  

Upcoming Events

Check out all of our upcoming events on our new website events calendar, or on Facebook!

Downtown Heritage Walking Tour
Friday, May 10, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Join us for a historic stroll around Port Coquitlam's downtown guided by our local history guru, Bryan Ness. The tour departs from the museum and ends at the Leigh Square Bandshell where Choral Connections Choir will be presenting a special concert!  

May Day Mother's Day Tea
Saturday, May 11, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Outlet Building (Next To City Hall) - By Donation

This year is Port Coquitlam's 96th annual May Day Celebration! On Saturday, after you have celebrated with the Rotary May Day Parade, join us in the Outlet building in Leigh Square for a special May Day Mother's Day Tea! 

We will be serving tea and light snacks with our collaborators, the City of Port Coquitlam, the Girl Guides, and Job's Daughters. The tea will be served alongside special May Day artifacts and memorabilia, and we will also be running a green screen Heritage Photo Booth where you can take your picture with the Royal Parties of the past! 

Rhymes of Times
Monday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Join our guided reminiscing session for adults, and share your stories with the small group. 

Heritage Detectives
Tuesday, May 14, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Join our resident local historian, Bryan Ness, in a weekly exploration of different aspects of Port Coquitlam's heritage and history!

Heritage Walking Tour
Saturday, May 18, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Join us for one of our our resident local historian, Bryan Ness, in a weekly exploration of different aspects of Port Coquitlam's heritage and history!

An Evening at the Museum
Thursday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Join us for an Evening at the Museum, hosted in connection with our upcoming exhibit, Naturally PoCo! Hear from one of our featured community photographers as they tell us what inspires them about our wonderful community, and where they love to take their cameras.   

Community Cleanup Event
Saturday, May 25, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Meet at Gates Park - Free

Join us as we head out into the Port Coquitlam parks and streets, and help clean up our community! Let's help keep PoCo looking naturally beautiful!

This event is being hosted in connection with our upcoming exhibit, Naturally PoCo, and has an associated Geocaching CITO event for you Geocachers out there!   

Heritage Writers' Group
Monday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Start capturing your life story for family and posterity! No preparation required; just bring a pen and paper, or your laptop.  

Society Announcements

Volunteer with PoCo Heritage
We are looking to recruit new volunteers! 

We are wanting to develop a lot of new museum events and programming (trivia nights, murder mysteries, movie nights, book clubs, and more!) as well as fun and interactive exhibits - and we could use your help!

If you are interested in sharing your creativity with us by helping to develop some of this programming please check out the two fun, creative positions below:

If you are interested or would like more information please contact Kelly Brown, Manager and Curator at

Book Donations    

Our Little Free Library has been so popular that it is hard to keep it stocked with books!

If you have any books that you are willing to donate to the Little Free Library please drop them off at the PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives, Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

In The News
Unfortunately many of the Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam Little Free Libraries have been burnt down and vandalized in recent weeks. If you would like to contribute to getting the libraries rebuilt, or have books you would like to donate to get them restocked please let us know! We will get those resources to the right people.

Check out the news coverage on the vandalism from CityNews and Global News

"Sarah and Michael Explore Port Coquitlam" Book Sale 

We are selling copies of our collaborative children's history book in the PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives!

The books are $15 each, and this money is being used to create bursaries to further strengthen our community by helping to fund high school students who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education in culture, heritage, or the arts. 


Return It Express
PoCo Heritage now has an account set up with Return It Express to get a return on drink containers; you don't even have to sort them! If you would like to donate your recycling to our account (every little bit helps!) please bring everything in a large, clear drawstring bag to your Return It location and give them our phone number 604-927-8403 at the kiosk. If you don't have the number handy you can choose PoCo Heritage from a list on the screen.  
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