Burnaby Village Museum Hosts Free Online History Lectures

Learn all about the 110-year-old carousel, the museum’s forge and go behind the scenes of the collection!

Local history nerds unite!

The Burnaby Village Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary with a series of lectures throughout the month of September.

Events include discussions about the history of the museum and the history of the Indigenous peoples who lived in and around the area now known as Deer Lake.

You can also learn all about the conservation of the historic 110-year-old carousel “from cogs and gears to paintings and jewelry” and the museum’s forge!

There will be a behind-the-scenes look at some of the 50,000 pieces in the museum’s collection that are not on view to the public.

The Burnaby Museum and Public Library asked the community to ask questions and engage with presenters at these events.

Online Zoom chats are free (you can also view them on the the museum’s Facebook page) and take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 13 to September 29. Each conference begins at 7 p.m.

Burnaby Village Museum Lecture Series

Tuesday September 13Turning 50: The Story of the Burnaby Village Museum with Jane Lemke, museum curator

Thursday September 15Preserving the Museum’s Artifact Collection: A Rare Behind-the-Scenes Glimpse with Kate Petrusa, Assistant Curator

Tuesday, September 20From time immemorial: A look at the rich culture of the Coast Salish peoples and their role at the Museum with Carleen Thomas, Special Projects Manager for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Treaties, Lands and Resources Department and Chancellor at the University of Art and Design Emily Carr and Nicole Preissl, Indigenous Education Programmer of the museum

Thursday September 22Crossing the Barrier: Enhancing Diversity at the Burnaby Village Museum with Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, Coordinator of the South Asian Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, Meagan Innes, Indigenous Educator at the Vancouver School Board, and Denise Fong, Historical Researcher at the Burnaby Village Museum

Tuesday, September 27The Highs and Lows of CW Parking Carousel Conservation with Liz Czerwinski, Museum Curator, Michael DesMazes, Carousel Operator and Maintenance, and Carly Bouwman, Carousel Maintenance Registrar

Thursday September 2950 years of blacksmithing at the Burnaby Village Museum with Eric Damer, museum interpreter and researcher, and Lorne Gray, museum interpreter