Any one of the programs below can be delivered as part of a Voices of the Valley tour at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford or in-class. Regular program rates apply and they need to be booked through our Curator of Learning and Community Engagement Diana Hiebert.
Self-guided activity: Try your hand at collage while learning about Semá:th Xόtsa (Sumas Lake, pronounced seMATH hOTsa). Inspired by our permanent museum exhibition Voices of the Valley, this fun and educational self-guided activity uses photographs from The Reach Gallery Museum archives.
Don’t forget to share your very own #localhistorycollage with us @thereachgallery
Presentation / Workshop Land Beneath the Lake explores the Sema:th peoples’ connection to Sumas Lake, early exploration and settlement of Sumas Prairie and discusses the lasting outcomes of drainage of the lake during the 1920s.
Presentation Historians study what things have changed, or continued, over time and try to explain the reasons for the changes. Transitions looks at then and now photos of Abbotsford and examines what events prompted the changes.
Presentation If John Maclure subdivided the Village of Abbotsford, why don’t we call it “Maclureberg”? What’s in a Name traces contemporary place names back to explore the history of local places, people and events.
Workshop You can be the curator (caretaker) of your family’s history. Participants learn how to handle and care for objects, photographs and family records and how to document the valuable family stories that make mere objects into priceless heirlooms.
Presentation Who is the face of Abbotsford? Learn about the cultural groups that have made Abbotsford the multicultural city it is today: the reasons for leaving a homeland behind and the challenges faced by newcomers making a new home in Abbotsford.
Presentation Fabulous but significant little known facts and stories about Abbotsford’s history!
Presentation In May 1948 the Fraser River burrowed through its dyke and onto Matsqui and Sumas Prairies. River’s Fury tells the stories of how the community prepared for the worst, responded when it came and united to recover from it.
Presentation Abbotsford’s early economy was based on the natural resources it had to offer: the forests that covered it and the clay beneath it. People of the Land looks at the settlement early industry attracted and the transition from forest to farmland – the basis of Abbotsford’s current economy.
Presentation Whether for reasons of affordability or availability – especially during wartime – people have practiced strategies to re-use, recycle and re-purpose. Using objects from The Reach artefact collection Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do or Do Without shares examples of pioneer frugality, ingenuity and creativity.