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.
6th Annual Christmas Tree Festival Awards Ceremony
Happy New Year everyone! We kicked off our events this year by wrapping up our 6th Annual Christmas Tree Festival with our awards ceremony!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Christmas Tree Festival this year, and to everyone who took the time to do our Scavenger Hunt and to vote for their favourite trees! After all the votes were tallied up, here are the winners!
In the People's Choice - Community category:
First Place has been awarded to PoCo Genealogy and their "Packing Your Trunk" themed tree!
Second Place was awarded to Job's daughters International - Bethel 63.
Third Place was awarded to Art Focus Artists Association.
In the People's Choice - Business category:
First Place was awarded to Meyer Frers Chartered Professional Accountants!
Second Place was awarded to Astoria Retirement Residence.
Third Place was awarded to Mayfair Terrace Retirement Residence.
A big thank you to our judges this year - Candrina Bailey, Executive Director for the Coquitlam Heritage Society and Jim Miller, Executive Director of the Port Moody Station Museum!
In the Judged - Community category the Hyde Creek District Guides came out on top!
In the Judged - Business category, Forrest Marine Ltd. was voted best in show!
Congratulations to all the Christmas tree winners! We hope you enjoy your beautiful festival trophies, which have been sponsored by the Trophy Centre, Wilson Pharmacy, Western Sky Books, Councillor Dean Washington, Sandra Craig, and Linda Sliworsky.
Our grand prize draw random draw for the $750 advertising prize, donated by Tri-City News, was won by Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital! Congratulations!
Our Christmas Tree Festival Scavenger Hunt is now also at a close. Thank you to everyone who participated! The winners will be contacted next week to pick up their prizes, which have been donated by 4 Cats Art Studio Shaughnessy, PoCo Bowl, and many generous community donors. Thank you!
We would also like to thank Earls Kitchen + Bar for donating a Rib Dinner for Four for our holiday fundraiser auction.
A huge thank you from everyone at PoCo Heritage to everyone who has participated in and supported our annual Christmas Tree Festival! You have all made this festival a true community success, and we appreciate all of your engagement through the years.
Ongoing Exhibits Carol Hubbard Memorial Natural History Exhibit: The Secret Life of Trees PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives
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, leaf colouring, 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!
We thank you for your continued support of PoCo Heritage and our efforts in the Port Coquitlam community!
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.
"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.
We Want You! We are looking to recruit new volunteers! We are currently advertising for five new positions!
Guest Events and Education Programmer
Museum Events and Programming Volunteer
Museum Exhibit Volunteer
If you are interested please contact Kelly Brown, Manager and Curator at firstname.lastname@example.org for the full positions descriptions.
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.