Programs

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INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL PROGRAMS Winter 2021

Virtual Victorian Book Club (14+ years)
Our Victorian book club has gone virtual!  Every two months, discuss literature and culture as you sip tea and video chat with the club from home.  We read literary works by the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, H. G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Mark Twain and others.  This is the perfect opportunity to join other enthusiasts in your community - online!
Virtual Program via Zoom 
Saturday, May 29 - Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
1:00-2:00 pm
Register for free at  


Culinary Heritage: Shahi Paneer (All Ages)
Join Harveer Kaur Sall from Gurdwara Sahib Sukh Sagar as she explores Punjabi heritage through food. Shahi Paneer was originally prepared for Indian Royalty and the star of this very popular dish is the delicious, rich and creamy sauce that embraces the soft Indian cheese. Punjabi Cuisine originates from the northern part of India and heavily influenced by the agriculture and farming lifestyle.
Virtual via Zoom
Thursday, April 8, 6-7pm
Register for free here: Course ID# 78098

Click Here for the Ingredient List and Recipe


Sharing is Caring: Responding to Covid-19 in New West (All Ages)

In association with the feature exhibition, Air Hugs, the New Westminster Museum and Archives invites you to join an evening of sharing your photos and memories of Covid-19 in New Westminster. Participants are encouraged to submit their shared stories and photographs as part of the Museum’s Covid-19 Historical Documentation Project.
Virtual via Zoom   
Thursday, April 15, 6-7pm
Register for free here: Course ID# 77710


Indigenous Film Series: Beyond Human Power (All Ages)

The New Westminster Museum and Archives alongside the New Westminster Public Library are proud to present a four part Indigenous Film series to be held throughout the year. Join us as we welcome members of the local Indigenous community in leading the discussion sessions for each film. Films will not be screened during the program, but can be watched in advance via the free-to-stream links provided in each event description.

Join us in conversation with filmmaker Gordon Loverin as he leads us in discussing his documentary Beyond Human Power. This documentary explores the history of the potlatch ban in BC and the new generations of indigenous youth connecting to their culture by reclaiming their traditional dance.

You can watch the documentary in advance via CBC Gem: https://gem.cbc.ca/media/absolutely-canadian/season-19/episode-40/38e815a-011b08d89f5

Gordon is from the Tlingit and Tahltan First Nations and deeply connected to his culture. He is a multi-media storyteller with a track record as a content creator for major Canadian networks including CityTV, CTV and NEDAA in the Yukon, and has produced, directed and edited 20+ productions for corporate and government clients.

Virtual via Zoom 
Tuesday, April 27, 6-7pm
Register by phone or email through the NWPL
Phone: 604-527-4666
Email:


Jane’s Walk: Self-Guided Tour of New West Landmarks (All Ages)

Walking the streets of our neighbourhoods has become a popular way to pass the time during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Take our self-guided walking tour of New Westminster to learn more about the history of our neighbourhoods and discover some fun and quirky landmarks.
Register for link to map.   
May 1 & 2
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The Fires of New Westminster (14+ years)
Taking place on almost the exact day, over 100 years apart, the Great Fire of 1898 and the fire at Westminster Pier Park (2020) altered the memory and landscape of New Westminster. Join New West resident and museum volunteer Jairo Salazar as he discusses architectural heritage and collective memory within our community through the lens of these two events. During this conversation-style presentation, participants are encouraged to share their stories of our most recent fire.
Virtual via Zoom  
Thursday, May 6, 6-7:30pm
Register for free here: Course ID# 77715


Bugs ‘n Bees: Organic Gardening at Irving House (All Ages)

Not all bugs are bad! Led by our UNIBUG friends at Douglas College, this virtual workshop explores our Heritage Gardens to teach you all about our pollinator bug buddies and how to keep pests like aphids and the Chafer beetle away. Learn all about these wonderful insects and how they can help your garden thrive naturally.
Virtual via Zoom 
Saturday, May 8, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Register for free here: Course ID# 77677


Culinary Heritage: Spring Salmon Salad and Bannock

Join Chef Paul Charron from Spirit of the Children Society as he explores Indigenous heritage through food. Cook along and learn while we prepare a Spring Salmon Salad, lightly cured with Maple Syrup and Lemon, served with a Blueberry Vinaigrette and accompanied by freshly fried Bannock. The cooking lesson will be followed by a question and answer period. The first 12 guests to register will receive a free meal kit to pick up.
Virtual via Zoom
Wednesday, May 12, 6-7:30pm
Register for free here: Course ID# 77720


International Museums Day (All Ages)

Each year, the world takes a day to celebrate museums. On May 18, join a virtual tour and get a special behind-the-scenes look at our collections and see our favourite artefacts up-close and personal! Check out our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in the weeks leading up to International Museums Day to discover our staff’s favourite artefact or photograph.
Virtual via Zoom   
Tuesday, May 18, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Register for free here: Course ID# 77689


Views of the City: A Photographic Tour of New Westminster (All Ages)
New Westminster is often shown from a small number of vantage points. Join Registrar Allan Blair for some different views of the City, both intentional and a few that are accidental. For the last 23 years, Allan has digitized and conserved roughly 40,000 archival images.
Virtual via Zoom  
Thursday, May 20, 6-7 pm
Register for free here: Course ID# 77690


Writing Alice: Creating Community Spirit in a Time of Crisis (All Ages)

In March 2020, the global Covid-19 pandemic brought regular life in New Westminster to a halt. Amid the chaos of businesses shutting their doors and schools and workplaces closing, a small group of Victoria Hill neighbours had an idea to write a book – one digital line at a time. Join the authors of Alice as they discuss how they were able to grow closer together during a time of social isolation, when all British Columbians were asked to keep physically distanced to “flatten the curve”.
Virtual via Zoom   
Thursday, May 27, 6-7 pm
Register for free here: Course ID# 77717


Métis Identity through Oral Traditions and Indigenous Values (All Ages)
Join Métis Cultural Presenter, Deni Paquette for this free community presentation about Métis Identity, told through oral traditions in a traditional storytelling style. Deni will share indigenous values she learned from family and Elders to build connection through traditional and contemporary relations. Deni works for the Langley School District teaching Métis culture and Indigenous values from K-12 and as a facilitator promoting Métis identity through community presentations.
Virtual via Zoom
Tuesday, June 1, 6-7:30pm
Register for free here: Course ID# 77669


International Archives Day (16+ years)
We’re opening the doors of the Archives for International Archives Day! Join a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of our archival collections as we highlight some of our hidden gems like council minutes from the 1860s, photographs, journals correspondence, and maps. 
Virtual via Zoom 
Wednesday, June 9, 12:00-1:00 PM
Register here for free: Course ID# 77415


Indigenous Film Series: Indian Horse (All Ages)

The New Westminster Museum and Archives alongside the New Westminster Public Library are proud to present a four part Indigenous Film series to be held throughout the year. Join us as we welcome members of the local Indigenous community in leading the discussion sessions for each film. Films will not be screened during the program, but can be watched in advance via the free-to-stream links provided in each event description.

Join us in conversation as we discuss the feature film Indian Horse, led by a member of the local Indigenous community. Adapted from the novel by author Richard Wagamese, this film tells the story of Saul Indian Horse, a young Ojibway boy as he experiences the struggles of life in residential school and beyond.

You can watch the film in advance via CBC Gem: https://gem.cbc.ca/media/films/indian-horse/38e815a-01326450554

Virtual Via Zoom
Tuesday, June 15 from 6-7pm
Register by phone or email through the NWPL
Phone: 604-527-4666
Email:


National Indigenous Peoples Day (All Ages)
Join us for our annual celebration for a day of unique programming celebrating the diverse cultures of Canada’s Indigenous populations. This free, family-friendly event features live cultural performances, crafts, and activities for all ages and all backgrounds. Check our website and social media for more details closer to the event.
Virtual via Zoom
Monday, June 21
Drop-In: Free


Our Working Waterfront Walking Tour (14+ years)

Walk along New Westminster’s waterfront as we highlight the instrumental role of waterfront industry in New Westminster over the last 70 years. Learn about New Westminster’s international shipping ports, saw mills, shipbuilding outfits and how that legacy continues to reverberate in today’s increasingly residential waterfront.
Meet at the World’s Tallest Tin Soldier (East end of River Market) 
Saturday, June 26, 10:00-11:30 am
Register for free here: Course ID# 78142