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Pioneers Honored

The MSA Museum Society enjoyed a nice sunny afternoon with some of our pioneers on August 31st. The Girl Guides were wonderful and so helpful! Thank you to all that came out!!

 

Pioneer Tea - MSAMS - August 31

 

               Photograhy by Davina

Would You Like To Go To the Trethewey House Wine Festival??

Win 2 tickets to this year’s Wine Festival on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by going to our Facebook page (Trethewey House) and sharing the event poster.  That’s all it takes and you will be entered into a draw for 2 free tickets ($80 value).  The draw will be made on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014.    Good Luck!!

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2014 Upcoming Events

MSA MUSEUM SOCIETY – AGM

MARCH 13, 2014 @ 6:30PM
HERITAGE GALLERY
2313 WARE STREET, ABBOTSFORD

THE FRASER VALLEY REGIONAL HERITAGE FAIR

APRIL 23RD & 24TH, 2014
ABBOTSFORD EXHIBITION PARK
32470 HAIDA DRIVE, ABBOTSFORD

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS DAY

SATURDAY, MAY 17th, 2014  11am – 4pm
TRETHEWEY HOUSE HERITAGE SITE
2313 WARE STREET, ABBOTSFORD

MOTHER’S DAY TEA

SATURDAY, MAY 10th, 2014
11:00am – 1:00pm OR 2:00pm – 4:00pm
TRETHEWEY HOUSE HERITAGE SITE
2313 WARE STREET, ABBOTSFORD

MIDSUMMER FAIR

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014 from 12pm – 4pm
TRETHEWEY HOUSE HERITAGE SITE
2313 WARE STREET, ABBOTSFORD

MILL LAKE CRUISE-IN

SATURDAY, July 12, 2014 from 8:30am – 3pm
Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford

LIFEWRITING MADE EASY – with Philip Sherwood

SATURDAY, September 20, 2014 from 1pm – 3pm
TRETHEWEY HOUSE HERITAGE SITE
2313 WARE STREET, ABBOTSFORD

WINE FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 from 7pm – 10pm
TRETHEWEY HOUSE HERITAGE SITE
2313 WARE STREET, ABBOTSFORD

Eventbrite - Trethewey House Wine Festival

 

HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HOUSE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2014 from 3pm-5pm & 6pm – 8pm
2313 WARE STREET, ABBOTSFORD
TRETHEWEY HOUSE HERITAGE SITE

HOLLY & IVY

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2014 & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2014 from 10am -4pm
2313 WARE STREET, ABBOTSFORD
TRETHEWEY HOUSE HERITAGE SITE

More info to come!

OLD FASHIONED BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13th,  2014
TRETHEWEY HOUSE HERITAGE SITE
2313 WARE STREET, ABBOTSFORD

More info to come!

Revised - Upcoming Events 2014

 

 

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Lifewriting Made Easy!

Lifewriting Made Easy!

A free information session for anyone interested in writing the stories of their life and preserving them in book form.

Philip Sherwood, a local writer / editor will give an overview of the process, provide some resources, and answer your questions.

WHERE: MSA Museum, 2313 Ware Street, Abbotsford

WHEN: September 20, 2014, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

For more information:

Tel. 604.853.0313

Email: info@msamuseum.ca

You’re never too young to tell your story!

 

Lifewriting Sept 20 2014

Two Hours

Two hours. That is all the time I have left in my contract with the MSA Museum Society. The minutes are ticking, the second hand is winding down and I am honestly at a loss for what to post.

I have never been one for goodbyes; in fact I usually go out of my way to avoid saying them. I never know what to say and they always leave me feeling a deep, inner kind of sadness. This is no different, but this is a goodbye I must say.

When I first started here last summer, I was a relatively shy and quiet kid who was blissfully going about her BA (well, about as blissfully as you can go about a BA, anyways), transiently going from class to class while working through her History major. Lacking a sense of inner direction and possessing a kind of transience with regard to career goals, I was in that awkward phase that saw me ducking and running for the refreshment table at functions whenever well-meaning people brought up the one question that will make university students tremble – “What are you going to do with that once you graduate?”. I stressed over giving tours, was generally clueless when it came to collections care and overall was just young.

Fast forward to now. I’m a little less quiet, way less shy and much closer to finishing my BA. Now, it may be true that I still do not know what exactly I want to do in life (at this point, it may come down to pulling straws…), but I know, at least after spending these summers here that I am at least in the right domain. Will it be graduate school? Will it be collections work? Will it be something else? I honestly do not know. But after working countless hours down at the warehouse, inventorying and discovering the collection, helping to restore artifacts and properly store artifacts and, while in the office, generally just sharing the history of Abbotsford with Abbotsford, I can whole-heartedly tell you that the work I have done here has been some of the most deeply gratifying of my life thus far. There is something so wonderful in telling someone from Abbotsford something that they did not know about Abbotsford and watching that sense of wonder and amazement come alive in their eyes, leaving me knowing that I had the opportunity to alter how they see the world. You walk away from those encounters knowing that you made a difference.

For this to have all happened, I owe many thanks to the ladies here at the museum, above all Christina. Under her guidance, I learned how to work the catalogue, how to deal with the problems that came up along the way and how to fix and restore artifacts if the need arose. She taught me how to become semi-proficient at 1920s IT support and generally allowed me to grow professionally and personally in ways that I didn’t even dream possible at the beginning of the summer. While I did not work directly under Anneleen, I learned to appreciate the intricacies of archival work and I always appreciated her wicked sense of sarcastic humour. From Dorothy and Shannon, I learned the many intricacies of office work – something I was inherently and incredibly clueless about when I first entered this office – and they have helped me realize and appreciate the sheer amount of work that goes into keeping an office functional. I have had some of the best laughs with these ladies and I can honestly say that my life has been deeply changed from having met all four of them. Thank you ladies and know that you have made a difference.

I am also deeply indebted to my fellow students, Sara and Sarah. I have learnt so much from both – Sara might be the most knowledgeable person I know when it comes to clothing and has such a deep breadth of knowledge when it comes to computers (she’s a wizard, honestly!) and Sarah might just be the most professional, worldly and organized person I have ever met. I have learned many things from both, including sharpening up my Photoshop skills and learning how to cast-on while knitting and both regularly made me laugh so hard that, at times, I have been on the verge of tears. I will miss them both and I am better off for having worked with them. Thank you both.

And finally, thank you Abbotsfordians! I have had the time of my life working here and sharing stories with you. You have been more than graceful and it has been an utmost pleasure getting to know you all!

Thanks, cheers and signing off for the last time,

Anna