Society News

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.

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

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