What's happening at the New Westminster Museum in September?

What’s happening?

September shaping up to be a busy month at the New Westminster Museum and Archives, with events including festivals, interactive talks and a look at some of the artefacts from the museum’s vaults among the highlights.

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RiverFest returns to New Westminster’s waterfront on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As part of the festivities, the Samson V Maritime Museum is joining forces with Fraser River Discovery Centre to offer tours, crafts and more. It’s by donation and runs from noon to 4 p.m.

In celebration of its birthday, Anvil Centre is holding Culture Forward on Saturday, Sept. 28. The event, taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes entertainment, free workshops, arts, heritage and tech exhibits. As part of the celebration, the museum will be offering curator-led exhibit tours and tips for research and photo preservation.

What else?

It may almost be fall, but Irving House and the Samson V will remain open on weekend afternoons in September and October for guided tours between noon and 4 p.m.

What’s on display at the museum in Anvil Centre?

You Are What You Eat: Community Food Security, is entering the home stretch. The New West Community Food Action, Fraser Health and New West Farmers Market helped the city develop this exhibit, which runs until Oct. 20.

A couple of events are planned in connection to the exhibit:

On Sept. 10, moderator Manav Sekhri will lead a discussion at the SFU Philosophers’ Café: Food and Sustainability. This free event is on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Ave.

On Sept. 19, curatorial staff from the New Westminster Museum and Archives will presents show some of the artefacts that didn’t make it into the exhibit, including an ornate bread delivery cart to kitchen gadgets from long ago. Do you have something to share? Attendees are invited to show off their own vintage kitchen antiques at this Food Artefact Show and Tell – it’s free, but registration is required.

Is anything else happening at the city’s museums?

Handmade Heritage: Traditional Hand Sewing 101 is taking place at Irving House starting Sept. 21. Registration is required for this $62 program, which is for adults and includes three classes.

Valerie Malla will moderate the SFU Philosophers’ Café: Racism and Progress on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Anvil Centre. It’s free.

More details, please:

Located in Anvil Centre at 777 Columbia St., the New Westminster Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (extended hours of 8 p.m. on Thursdays). Admission is by donation.

For more information or to register for programs, call 604-527-4640 or go to nwmuseumarchives.ca.


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