Presentation at Your School

If you would like someone from the Maple Ridge Museum to come to your school and give a presentation on a specific topic, please contact us to discuss what type of presentation would best suit your needs. We have presented in classrooms to one class, multi-purpose rooms to more than one grade level, and gymnasiums to a whole school. Any number of students can attend the presentation, as long as you can provide the necessary space.

For $75, a Museum employee will come to your school for approximately one hour. We will bring a PowerPoint presentation, but will need to be provided with a screen or light-coloured wall or a modern white board with projector.

We have a large number of topics we have already presented on:

Building Our Community & Going To Work – good for younger students but can work for any grade level. It looks at how and why communities start and grow at particular places where transportation and resources allow. It also looks at how people worked and obtained food and includes an introduction to the idea of barter. It can be coupled with a Neighbourhood Story to cover the area around the school.

Neighbourhood Stories –  these presentations are specific to one of the historic neighbourhoods and highlight their pioneer families, industries and recreations.

Archaeology – there are several options for length and depth based on the excavations at the Pitt River Site done prior to the building of the Mary Hill Bypass.

Our Japanese Citizens – discusses our Japanese population from early immigration to WWII internment. Could be used with any grade from 4 to 12 by modifying depth.

Earth, Air, Fire & Water: Our History By Disaster – covers the challenges faced by early and later communities from weather and fire.

Didn’t This Used to be Haney? – History By The Postal Route – covers the development of Maple Ridge and all of its neighbourhoods based around post offices. It makes sense of all the names and of how “Maple Ridge” came to be the final choice for our postal address.

Strange But True – odd stories and eccentric people of our past.

The Sporting Life – sports and sports equipment of the past

Finding Granny in the Archives – Doing Women’s History – this would be better for older students. It goes into the ups and downs of doing research using original documents and the particular problems of researching women. It includes a lot of images of different kinds of archival documents.

Shopping Through the 20th Century – How did people get what they needed that they couldn’t build or grow on their own? It covers catalogue shopping and shipping by train to door-to-door salesmen to modern malls.

Please phone us at 604.463.5311 to discuss what other topics you would like to see addressed in your classroom or school.

It has proven to be particularly effective to have a presentation of basic community history for Grades 1 to 4 prior to their visit to the museum for a tour. It exposes them to the concepts of history, some specific local details, and the mysteries of black and white photography so that when they come to the museum, there is less that is completely new to them.