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Burnaby's South Asian history rediscovered at museum speaker series

Here's how, where and when you can learn about the different cultures and religions that maketh Burnaby.
Burnaby Village Museum
The Burnaby Village Museum is hosting a speaker series in September on a variety of historical topics.

History buffs are going to love Burnaby this fall season.

In September, Burnaby Village Museum will be hosting its neighbourhood speaker series, where local residents can learn about the diverse communities that make up the community.

Starting Friday, Sept. 15, community members can learn about the history of Burnaby's South Asian community through fun, interactive, in-person tours and presentations. The speaker series is free and will happen over two weekends this month.

The day will kickoff with an architectural tour of the Ismaili Centre, facilitated by assistant curator, Kate Petrusa. The tour will go on from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will highlight the uniqueness of Ismaili Centres.

Burnaby's Ismaili Centre is one of the only six in the world — others include Toronto; London, England; Lisbon, Portugal; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The second speaker series on Friday, Sept. 22, facilitated by village museum curator Jane Lemke, will take you through the rich history and culture of Burnaby's South Asian-Canadian communities with a tour of the museum's newest exhibit: Truths Not Often Told: Being South Asian in Burnaby.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, guests will walk through the Masjid al Salaam and education centre and learn about Islamic tradition, architecture, and culture in this educational tour of the mosque (a place of worship and prayer). The tour will begin at 3 p.m.

The last of the speaker series will culminate with a tour of the Hindu temple in Burnaby on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Christina Froschauer, the community engagement coordinator will lead attendees through the sacred and spiritual place of worship for the Hindus and you can enjoy a delicious, sacred meal (prasad) at 12:30 p.m. before an educational a discussion at 1:30 p.m. with Dr Swami Satya Prakash.  

Due to limited spaces for each session, registrations are required and can be made by emailing [email protected] or calling 604-297-4565. For more information, you can visit the museum's website.