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Warm up to winter this holiday season with Songs in the Snow

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

Gather friends, family and loved ones to welcome the holiday season with the second instalment of the Songs in the Snow series at Steveston Museum. Starting Saturday, December 1 at 4 pm in Town Square Park next to the museum, enjoy festive cheer as local community groups come together to perform favourite holiday music.

Presented by the Steveston Historical Society, the City of Richmond and the Richmond Arts Coalition, Songs in the Snow is a three part series that will continue on Saturday, December 8 and 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. Visitors are invited to explore displays, create vintage-style Christmas crafts and take the perfect selfie in the illuminated park.

“After the enthusiastic reception of Songs in the Snow last year, the Society is excited to work with our partners again this year on this winter celebration,” says Linda Barnes, Chair of the Steveston Historical Society. “The Richmond Arts Coalition brings musicians and performers, the Girl Guides carol in period costume, G&F Financial Group sponsors the hot chocolate and more – it’s a real community event.”

Everyone attending the series will have the opportunity to donate to a different local charity each evening. On December 8 and 15, local artisans will also have their designs for sale to help visitors source that perfect present.

Upcoming! Annual Pub Night Fundraiser Scheduled for November 18

Come and join us at our Annual Pub Night Fundraiser and support the Steveston Historical Society. It takes place on Sunday, November 18 at the Buck & Ear – Bar & Grill; doors open at 5:30pm.

Your ticket includes a burger and a beer/wine/highball – plus a chance to win raffles, silent auction prizes, 50/50 draw and more! Purchase your ticket online at www.historicsteveston.ca/fundraiser or call 778-870-1443.

Early bird tickets are only $22 ($25 after Nov.10).

We look forward to seeing you there!

This year’s SHS Fundraiser will also support funding for the Ray and Elaine Martyniuk Memorial Bench to be installed in the Steveston Town Square Park

Change in Leadership: Steveston Historical Society Names Rachel Meloche as Next Executive Director

Current executive director Sarah Glen with SHS Chair Linda Barnes (centre) and Rachel Meloche at the Steveston Salmon Festival parade

RICHMOND. BC – On August 1, Rachel Meloche will become executive director of the Steveston Historical Society. Meloche will succeed Sarah Glen, who was appointed as the Society’s first executive director in 2015.

“Sarah was our first ED and has exceeded our expectations!” Says Linda Barnes, Chair of the Steveston Historical Society Board of Directors. “Under her stewardship, programs such as the successful Walking Tour Vignettes and Songs in the Snow, have cemented partnerships with many groups. Her enthusiasm, professionalism and imagination have been tremendous assets – she will be missed but we look forward to keeping her on as a volunteer.”

Meloche brings a great passion for history, especially Steveston’s, to the role – she draws upon her experience at local heritage sites: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, and the Steveston Museum.

“I’m very excited to be joining the SHS.” Says Rachel Meloche. “Steveston has such a unique and important history, and I can’t wait to work with the Board of Directors and the rest of the SHS team, as well as other local organizations, as we preserve and present its story. We have some great programming coming up, and I’m thrilled to be carrying on Sarah’s excellent work.”

As part of this exciting time of transition, the SHS Board is seeking new general members as well as possible Board recruits. Become a member, make new friends and help keep Steveston a wonderful place to live. Check the membership section of this website or contact info@historicsteveston.ca for more information.

For more information, contact:

Linda Barnes
Chair – Steveston Historical Society
Phone: 604-787-3118

Steveston Historical Society in the 2018 Steveston Salmon Festival Parade

A very big CONGRATULATIONS to the Steveston Community Society for organizing yet another successful Salmon Festival. The village really comes alive on Canada Day!

The Steveston Historical Society would like to thank its friends, members, and volunteers for joining us in the parade – we appreciate your support and enthusiasm for Steveston’s heritage.

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