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Step into Steveston’s Past as History Comes to Life with the Return of Walking Tour Vignettes

Steveston Alive! Walking Tour Vignettes

Richmond, BC – Stroll through historic Steveston Village as the past comes to life with the Steveston Alive! Walking Tour Vignettes. Not just any ordinary walking tour – visitors will discover what the past was like as talented Hugh McRoberts Secondary School drama student actors perform five short plays about living and working in Steveston in the year 1917.

The Steveston Historical Society and the Steveston Museum are excited to present the Walking Tour Vignettes, now in its second year. This tour offers visitors an engaging taste of history while allowing student actors to showcase their acting skills.

“We’re delighted to be bringing these entertaining and informative stories back to the streets of Steveston this year. Tours sold out last summer, so be sure to catch this unique show while you can!” commented Linda Barnes, the Chair of the Steveston Historical Society.

Leaving from the Steveston Museum and Visitor Centre (3811 Moncton Street), a costumed guide will lead you through the streets of historic Steveston to view each performance. Tours will be offered on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in June and July. The walks are about 60 minutes long and will cover just over one kilometre in length.

Tickets are $10.00. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult (maximum two children per adult). Please book in advance, as spaces are limited; tickets are available online (click here to purchase).

The Steveston Alive! Walking Tour Vignettes program is made possible through the generous support of the G&F Financial Group Foundation and the City of Richmond. A special thanks to Hugh McRoberts Secondary School for their continued involvement in this initiative.

Steveston Post Office to remain open for business in historic Steveston Museum

Richmond, BC – The Canada Post office in Steveston’s Museum in the heart of Steveston Village has been a popular neighbourhood stop for both locals and visitors for over 40 years. And with a unique three-party agreement, the post office will continue to stay open for business.

Sharing the space in this 1905 building with Tourism Richmond’s Visitor Centre and the Steveston Museum, the Post Office was at risk of closing. An agreement between the City of Richmond, Steveston Historical Society and Tourism Richmond now enables the Steveston Historical Society to operate the post office as of May 1, 2018.

“By working together with the Society and Tourism Richmond, we found a unique solution to sustain the post office in one of Steveston’s most treasured historic buildings,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This landmark offers something for everyone – an interesting combination of service, history and heritage in what was Steveston’s first bank.”

“Keeping the historic Steveston Post Office operational as an information hub in the centre of the village is important to the Society,” Steveston Historical Society Chair Linda Barnes says. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the City and Tourism Richmond to welcome both visitors and locals.”

“We are pleased with this arrangement,” said Bruce Okabe, Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Richmond. “The new agreement allows for the Steveston Historical Society to extend its contract with Canada Post and assume daily operations alongside our destination experts who provide guests from around the world with services in our Visitor Centre within the Steveston Museum.”

The public is encouraged to visit the Steveston Museum, Steveston Post Office and Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre during the following hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 12 to 4 p.m.

Media Contact:
Kim Decker
Corporate Communications Officer
Tel: 604-276-4371
Email: kdecker@richmond.ca

Songs in the Snow – Warmth and Light for the Festive Season

Edwardian Carollers from the River's Edge District Girl Guides perform at Songs in the Snow - Photo by Sabrina Henry

Steveston village warmed up for the start of the holiday season with Songs in the Snow: A Vintage Christmas at Steveston Museum’s Town Square Park.

For the first three Saturdays in December 2017, the community came to celebrate the spirit of Richmond by joining in the singing of favourite holiday songs performed by local community and school groups and creating a vintage-style Christmas craft or two. Over 1,300 visitors took selfies beneath the beautiful illuminations in the park, enjoyed free refreshments and explored the Japanese Building on-site for a different seasonal installation for each of the three event evenings.

In the holiday spirit of community and giving, Songs in the Snow supported the Richmond Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Shop building restoration on Chatham Street in Steveston and Ignite the Warmth, which provides blankets to the homeless.

The Steveston Historical Society would like to thank:

  • Our project sponsors: the Richmond Community Foundation, and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th
  • Our project partners at the City of Richmond and Richmond Arts Coalition
  • G&F Financial Group – West Richmond Branch for sponsoring our refreshment booth
  • Our event volunteers for their dedication and support in the winter weather
  • Sinfully the Best for their generous gingerbread donation to raise funds for the Richmond Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Shop building restoration
  • Sabrina Henry for her photographs of the Edwardian carollers that were used in our advertising
  • Representatives from Ignite the Warmth and the Richmond Hospital/Healthcare Auxiliary Thrift Shop

and last, but definitely not least, our amazing performers:

  • River’s Edge District Girl Guides (our Edwardian carollers)
  • A-Tone Entertainment (winter photo booth)
  • Rose Croft Quintet
  • 3AM Jazz Quintet
  • Ukuladies of Lulu Island
  • Glenn Chatten Band
  • Zulu Panda
  • Hugh McRoberts Secondary School
  • Tomekichi Homma Elementary School

Songs in the Snow was presented by the Steveston Historical Society, the City of Richmond and the Richmond Arts Coalition. This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Richmond Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

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