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.
Last Saturday April 13th was our first ever symposium, "An Arborium Symposium" connected with our current Carol Hubbard Memorial Natural History Exhibit, The Secret Life of Trees, created in partnership with PoCo Heritage Trees.
This event brought together a truly interdisciplinary group of speakers and attendees, including researchers, community advocates, and people who are just passionate about trees! Thank you so much to our speakers for sharing your work and passions with us! It was a truly educational and inspiring day.
PoCo Heritage Manager and Curator, Kelly Brown, welcoming everyone to the event. Thank you to the Tri-Cities Community TV for filming all of the speakers throughout the day!
Thank you to City of Port Coquitlam Councillor Nancy McCurrach for speaking at, and attending our first symposium. We very much appreciate your support!
PoCo Heritage Director, Brian Hubbard, welcomed attendees and spoke about the Carol Hubbard Memorial Natural History Exhibit series, and it's importance to the PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives.
Presenting remotely, Amanda Lewis, Editorial Director, Page Two, "Tracking Giants: Searching for the Champion Trees of British Columbia"
Jason M. Brown, PhD, Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University, "Sacred Groves: Trees and Forests in the Worlds Religions and Spiritual Traditions"
Ira Sutherland, University of British Columbia, "The Great Vancouver Forest: A Story of Place"
Hannah Herrick, PhD Student, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, "'Talkative Tree-Rings' at an Arizona Spanish Colonial Mission"
Michelle Hak Hepburn, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, "Thinking With Trees to See the Forest: How people relate with jungles and deforestation in San Marin, Peru"
City of Port Coquitlam Volunteer Recognition Awards and Tribute
Last week was Canada's National Volunteer Week and the City of Port Coquitlam hosted their annual Volunteer Recognition Awards and Tribute to thank the countless volunteers who help make this community a wonderful place to work and play!
A huge congratulations to our very own Treasurer, colleague, and friend, Aynsley Wong Meldrum for her nomination in the Arts, Heritage & Cultural Awareness volunteer category! We could not possibly be more grateful for all the wonderful work you have done for PoCo Heritage. You light up every room you are in and you bring so much to us and this community. Thank you!!
PoCo Heritage President, Linda Sliworsky, and nominated volunteer Aynsley Wong Meldrum at the awards dinner at the Giggle Dam Theatre.
Congratulations to our friend Christine Malone for her win in the Arts, Heritage & Cultural Awareness volunteer category for her fantastic work for the Art Focus Artists' Association! Congratulations and truly deserved!
Ongoing Exhibits Carol Hubbard Memorial Natural History Exhibit: The Secret Life of Trees PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives Closing on April 27th
This close-up and intimate exhibit will examine the magnificent solitary giants that we live amongst and with. Join us in the museum to experience this engaging and interactive journey of discovery and learning!
This exhibit, created in partnership with with the PoCo Heritage Trees community group, includes an enchanting indoor forest, exhibit tours and outdoor tree tours, and many fun and engaging activities including a woodland scavenger hunt, and a take-home tree seed planting activity!
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 email@example.com!
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.
Annual General Meeting Thursday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free
Join us for our Annual General Meeting to learn all about what PoCo Heritage has been up to in the last year, and to vote in our Board of Director elections (PoCo Heritage members only). Refreshments will be served.
An Evening at the Museum Thursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free
Our speaker this month is Amanda Carr, the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Canopy.
Canopy works with the forest industry's biggest customers and their suppliers to develop business solutions that protect these last frontier forests.
Amanda has presented to the United Nations on her work protecting Canada's forests, as well as her conservation successes negotiating the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, which to date protects over 7 million acres of rare coastal temperate rainforest.
Community Cleanup Event Saturday, April 27, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Meet at Lions 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, Naturally Poco exhibit, and has an associated Geocaching CITO eent for you Geocachers out there!
Heritage Detectives Tuesday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30, 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!
PoCo Genealogy Group Meeting Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - $2.00/person
The PoCo Genealogy group meets the first Wednesday of every month to discuss all things family tree related. Drop by and participate in the discussions!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
"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.