Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Changing times

Over the past six months we’ve said goodbye to some familiar faces and we’ve had the opportunity to welcome some new ones into the fold. Magdalena Moore, Collections Assistant at the Museum for that past four years, left in July to devote more time to her position at the Museum of Anthropology. Education Coordinator Greg Robertson left us in December 2005, and Isaac Vanderhorst has taken over the position in March 2006. Isaac comes to us from the North Vancouver Museum & Archives, where he worked as educational programmer and also acted as historical interpreter. He has worked at the Maritime Museum of BC in Victoria as Education Officer and spent last summer working on an archaeological dig in Spain.

Archivist Melanie Hardbattle departed in August 2006 to pursue other opportunities, and Carol Howie has taken over the position on a temporary basis. Carol already knows her way around the Archives – she filled in for seven months between November 2004 and June 2005. She has also worked on various projects here at the West Vancouver Museum & Archives, including the cataloguing of the Hodgson collection. We also have had the benefit of two summer students this year. Julian Hou, a student of architecture at UBC, joined us as Collections Assistant, a position funded by Young Canada Works. UBC law student Darren Penner joined us for his third summer at the museum, to assist with running the Gallery, public programs and education programs.

We would like to welcome our new team members and say a fond farewell to those who are leaving us. Happy trails!

Photo of Julian Hou (left) and Darren Penner (right)

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Halloween at the West Vancouver Museum

There are some great Halloween events happening at the museum this year. Mark your calendars now - they're sure to be frightfully good!

Enter If You Dare

This is a special Halloween exhibit that opens on Friday the 13th of October. Explore Halloween throughout the ages, from Celtic rituals and traditions to pop culture ghouls and legends. Hear spooky tales from our own region, and learn about local customs practiced on All Hallows Eve. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Headless Horseman, and all their friends help us to shed some light on the origins of today's popular images of Halloween. Why do we carve pumkins, trick or treat, and bob for apples? Find the answers to these and other creepy questions at the West Vancouver Museum this Halloween!

We have special hours during this exhibition! From October 13th to 31st we will be open Tuesday to Saturday between noon and 6pm. Don't miss it!


This is a speical event for kids at the Museum this Halloween!

Make boo-goo and other potions in our mad wizard laboratory. Other activities include ghost paintings, trick or treat bags, pasta skeletons, and pumpkin crafts. Spooky stories (but not too spooky) topped off with a treasure hunt through our very own Sleepy Hollow.

Times and dates are as follows. Make note of the code and register using telereg or webreg by clicking here.

1pm - 3pm, Saturday, October 21, 6-8yrs, $30, 351017
1pm - 3pm, Saturday, October 28, 6-8yrs, $30, 351019
5pm - 7pm, Saturday, October 21, 9-11rs, $30, 351018
5pm - 7pm, Saturday, October 28, 9-11rs, $30, 351021

North Shore Heritage Weekend, September 16 and 17

Stop by the museum this September for Heritage Weekend on September 16 and 17!

On Saturday the 16th we will host an antique car show with a 1950s theme. There will also be a number of displays by community groups highlighting West Vancouver's built, natural and cultural heritage. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about West Vancouver and see some vehicles that don't often appear on the roads anymore!

A home tour is scheduled for Sunday, September 17. The West Vancouver portion of the tour will highlight the modernist period, with a focus on the Copper Cliff neighbourhood above Horseshoe Bay. Tickets for this event are 15 dollars and will be available at the Museum after Labour Day. Our last home tour was a huge success - don't miss this opportunity for a first-hand look at modernist architecture!

And while you're checking out the events, be sure to stop by the museum gallery to have a look at our current exhibit, Living on the Edge: West Vancouver Modernist Homes 1940-1970. This exhibit, which was origianlly due to close on September 3rd, has been extended due to its popularity. Learn more about the exhibit here.