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Our ‘Interactive Presentation Terminals’ project is coming together and will be a real hit with all ages. This method of getting information electronically will be easy to use and will be popular with the younger tech savvy visitor. With the use of a smartphone or a tablet kiosk station the visitor will be provided with both audio and visual presentations to explain the relevance of the item or items they are looking at.

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Volunteer

Our bedrock has always been our amazing volunteers. There are volunteer opportunities either at the Museum or at Home. 

Do you enjoy building things, poking around engines, working with tools in a workshop?

Can you wield a duster, a vacuum or a mop to help keep the Museum and artifacts looking great?

Do you enjoy working on computers?

Do you like designing posters and newsletters?

Do you like meeting people at special events?

Do you have professional expertise to share?

There are jobs small and large waiting for you in good company.

JOIN US!

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BC artists are busy painting murals depicting various aspects of farming and pioneer life.  Watch for announcements of a grand “Unveiling and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony” being planned for June.

This will add a great deal to the historic atmosphere of the area and give people another reason to visit Fort Langley.

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Downstairs in our workshop area we are undertaking a large renovation project. This involves moving walls, adding a new heat source and enhancing the area in general. With both a busy wood-working shop and a mechanical shop numerous projects are on the go continuously.

We kick off the year once again with our opening on April 17th and then followed by a large entry in the very popular May Day Parade in Fort Langley on Monday May 22nd. In our gift shop you will be able to buy a number of anniversary souvenir items.

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63 years ago the donation of a single high-cut walking hand plow by Mr. R. J. Coleman to the University of British Columbia started a planning process to establish an Agricultural Museum in the Fraser Valley. It was decided that Fort Langley would be a better location than UBC and work began by raising money and acquiring land.

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For the past 25 years the BC Farm Museum Association has been run entirely by volunteers and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. We are all ‘standing on the shoulders’ of those that volunteered before us and each adding what we can by using our experience and knowledge.

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Our volunteers put in thousands of hours each year to collect, restore, preserve and exhibit our pioneer history. Each item in our museum is special to us and is becoming rarer every day. Each item has a story and we spend a great deal of time looking for ways to tell that story.

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The Farm Museum draws tourists from all over the world and each year we get visitors from between 25 and 30 countries. The thousands of local visitors, including school aged children, all have high praise for the work that we do in preserving the artifacts and re-telling the stories that go along with them.

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This year will see us develop a new feature display that will tell the story of our museum and the key people involved over these past 5 plus decades. This new display will add to our popular existing displays. A good example of our most recent ‘feature display’ is called “Hard Lines”. This is the story of the early Canadian land surveyors and the hardships they faced in setting out all the boundaries and property lines that we now take for granted. The railroad line had to be surveyed so it could be built and that is what brought all the early settlers to the West. The homesteaders could then find their land by locating the survey posts and the rest is history.

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The museum is always changing and when people say “Oh I have been there several years ago” they are missing a great deal!

Volunteers always welcome……
Every Monday volunteers are busy refurbishing, restoring and painting up a wide variety of pioneer artifacts. We are blessed with a very talented group at the moment. Their skill level in so many different areas is impressive. Items being restored include hammer mills, egg incubators, motors, wheel ‘shrinkers’….and many other interesting and rare items.
Our “upstairs” Monday volunteer crew works in the Horse section, on the Database, in the Library, on our Financials and we work on new artifacts coming in plus setting up new displays.
Behind the scenes, volunteers work hard to raise money for our long list of projects.
We count on our volunteers each and every week…..their continuing effort is what keeps the BC Farm Museum going in trying to improve and preserve this museum’s collection for future generations.
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In the beginning……
In the fall of 1953, Mr. Bruce Coleman of Ladner, presented to the University of British Columbia a high cut plow on behalf of his family in memory of his father R.A. Coleman. Mr. Coleman, a noted plowman, had placed first, second or third in thirteen provincial plowing matches using his high cut plow built to his order in Bruce County, Ontario.
It took very nearly nine years to acquire a site and raise sufficient capital to erect the original building. The Federal Government provided $15,000 and the Provincial Secretary’s office $25,000. An additional $25,000 was raised by private subscription from individuals and the agricultural processing industries.

The ground breaking ceremony for the BC Farm Museum happened in 1966 when Archie Stevenson of Cowichan, BC President of the British Columbia Federation of Agriculture turned the first sod for the eight-thousand square foot building. The museum was officially opened on November 19, 1966 by Sir Robert Billinger, Lord Mayor of London and included display space, an archives room, and a work shop for repair and restoration of exhibits.
Within a very short time a second building had to be erected to house a growing collection of agricultural artifacts. Phase Two and Three were officially opened in 1978 (Phase Three was the Steam Room).

Our visitors…..
The majority of museum visitors are not local, rather they are farmers and history buffs from Germany, Holland, Scotland and the Midwest of the United States. The large guestbook is filled with signatures from across the globe (between 25 and 30 countries per year visit the Farm Museum) and their comments are glowing reports of their enjoyment of their time spent at this special museum.
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Our Website (www.bcfma.com), Facebook Page (BC Farm Museum) and Twitter (@FarmBC) account take time to keep things fresh and relevant. Social media is important to us! Please visit us often for the latest on upcoming events.
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