The bottles in these photographs all come from the Columbia Square site. This was the old site of the electric light station, in an area once known as “The Swamp,” near what used to be New Westminster’s western edge in the 1800s. It was also where the city’s second Chinatown stood, and where many Japanese-Canadians lived and worked. The area went through a number of … [Read more...] about You Take One Down
Elizabeth Irving Family Bible This New Testament belonged to the Irving matriarch, Elizabeth Dixon Irving. It is one of many Irving and Briggs family Bibles in the New Westminster Museum and Archives collection. Four generations of the family lived at Irving House on Royal Avenue. Built in 1865, the house still stands and is one of the oldest intact houses in the Lower … [Read more...] about Family Stories from Our City’s History
2017 marks 150 years since Confederation and it is an ideal time to begin a conversation about reconciliation in the Royal City. Several municipalities have already declared 2017 to be the Year of Reconciliation. On December 5, members of the working group Truth and Reconciliation New West presented at the New Westminster City Council meeting to discuss the upcoming dialogues … [Read more...] about Truth and Reconciliation New West
The New Westminster Museum and Archives presents their latest exhibition, Witness Blanket. Inspired by a woven blanket, this large-scale art installation is made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings, and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from … [Read more...] about Witness Blanket
The New Westminster Museum and Archives collects objects and the stories that come with them. As you can see here, not everything in a museum is antique. Modern objects fill in pieces of the puzzle of our city’s history. One day, today’s everyday objects will become part of our generation’s history. Our job at the Museum is to ask questions and record answers. Who owned this? … [Read more...] about Oh Wasn’t That a Party!
On Monday, August 29th, the Coquitlam Adanacs Jr. A lacrosse team won the Minto Cup in overtime against the Orangeville Northmen from Ontario. It was a thrilling overtime victory in the final game of the five game series at the Events Centre in Langley. To get to the final series the Adanacs and Northmen had to both get past the Calgary Mountaineers and Delta Islanders in … [Read more...] about Coquitlam Adanacs Jr. A Lacrosse Team Win Minto Cup