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Burnaby Village Museum hosting free speaker series in September

Learn all about the 110-year-old carousel, the museum's blacksmith shop and get a behind-the-scenes look at the collection!
Burnaby Village Museum
The Burnaby Village Museum is hosting a speaker series in September on a variety of historical topics.

Local history nerds unite!

The Burnaby Village Museum is recognizing its 50th anniversary with a speaker series throughout September.

The events include discussions on the museum’s history and the history of Indigenous peoples that lived in and around the area now known as Deer Lake.

You can also learn all about the 110-year-old historic carousel conservation “from cogs and gears to paints and jewels” and the museum’s blacksmith shop!

There will be a behind-the-scenes look at some of the 50,000-item museum collection that isn’t visible to the public.

The museum and Burnaby Public Library have asked the community to ask questions and engage with the presenters at these events.

The online Zoom discussions are free to attend (you can also view them on the museum’s Facebook page) and run Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 13 until Sept. 29. Each talk starts at 7 p.m.

Burnaby Village Museum speaker series

Tuesday, Sept. 13Turning 50: The History of the Burnaby Village Museum with Jane Lemke, museum curator

Thursday, Sept. 15Curating the Museum’s Artifacts Collection: A Rare Behind-the-Scenes Look with Kate Petrusa, assistant curator

Tuesday, Sept. 20Since Time-Immemorial: A Look at the Rich Culture of Coast Salish Peoples and its Role at the Museum with Carleen Thomas, special projects manager for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Treaty, Lands, and Resources department and chancellor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Nicole Preissl, the museum’s Indigenous education programmer

Thursday, Sept. 22Stepping over the Barrier: Expanding Diversity at the Burnaby Village Museum with Dr. Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, coordinator of University of the Fraser Valley’s South Asian Institute, Meagan Innes, Indigenous educator at Vancouver School Board, and Denise Fong, historic researcher at the Burnaby Village Museum

Tuesday, Sept. 27Ups and Downs of Conserving the C.W. Parking Carousel with Liz Czerwinski, museum conservator, Michael DesMazes, carousel operator and maintenance, and Carly Bouwman, registrar for carousel maintenance

Thursday, Sept. 2950 Years of Blacksmithing at the Burnaby Village Museum with Eric Damer, museum interpreter and researcher, and Lorne Gray, museum interpreter

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