Outlaws and Heros

Hey Everyone!

Lately, I’ve been doing lots of research for an educational school kit for children called Outlaws and Heros! This kit is going to be all about the pioneer era, focusing on a few infamous outlaws of the Wild West, some of whom, like Billy Miner, actually lived in B.C. in their lifetimes. Before this kit, I had never really been a Wild West fan, but what I’ve learned so far has really changed my mind. The exciting lives of these Western outlaws bring up countless important historical questions about the societies they lived in and the events that influenced their actions. Questions such as, who were these people? What brought them to break the law? What was the law system in the U.S. like in the late 1800s and early 1900s? How is it comparable to the justice system both the U.S. and Canada have now? How did the invention of trains effect their lives? What about the Gold Rush? How did the police force try and stop the crime? And of course, how did all these elements effect this area of the lower mainland? Those are only a few of the questions I will be answering in the school kit and the information will come with fun props and pictures to further illustrate what it would have been like to have lived in the pioneer era. If you have any information that you think would be fun for kids about the Wild West, the RCMP, or trains, I’d love to hear it!

Friday, I got the chance to look through old magazines and books from the early to mid 1900s. Some of them were even from the 1920s! I love looking through old literature to see what people thought, what people liked and what was in style almost 90 years ago. It’s neat to think that while some things have changed, many things have definitely stayed the same!

Don’t forget to sign your children up for a week-long MSA Museum summer camp! Everyday is a super fun but still educational theme! The dates are: July 26-30, August 9-13 and August 23-27. The camps are for kids who are 6-10 years old. It is $75 for the week, and only $65 if you are signing up two or more kids!


Summer fun

Hello again everyone!
Sorry that we haven’t updated our blog in awhile, things just get so busy here during the summer! We’d like to thank everyone who came out to dig for treasure with us at Rotary Stadium on Canada Day. Even though the weather wasn’t the greatest, we still had a blast! Also, Berry Beat on July 3rd and 4th was a great success! We really enjoyed face painting all the little kiddies and we hope that they had lots of fun gold panning with our awesome volunteer, Lydia. I know I did! Even though those fun-filled events are over, the planning continues. Unfortunately, our first week of day camps was cancelled due to low registration. However, the other three camps (July 26-30, August 9-13, August 23-27) are still going full steam ahead, it’s still not too late to register! Give us a call at 604-853-0313. Also coming up next month is our CPR Magic Lantern Exhibit. This exhibit will feature over 50 framed prints taken from 1885-1930, a true showcase of Canadian history. We are very excited to host this exhibition, which will run from August 15th-October 20th. Come stop by for a visit!

Hope to see you soon.

Optimist Family Fun Fair!

Hello all,

This is Kay and this is the first time I’ve written in this MSA Museum Blog. I’m the local summer student! I go to the University of the Fraser Valley while the other girls come from further instutions such as the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Concordia University in Montreal and University of Ottawa.

Thanks to all of those who came out to the Optimist Family Fun Fair this weekend. The weather was beautiful and there was a fantastic turn out. This free, fun family event had multiple acts like Sun Hang Do, The Magic Boyes, the FreeStyle Dancers, Brook Harris and many more performers that showed off the talented children we have in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley. I’m so happy to be a part of such an active community and generous community as many of these acts were volunteers. It was wonderful to see a community work together to put on a fantastic fun-filled event.

A special thanks to the Optimists who had their hands full handing out free hot dogs and juice boxes. Without them this event would have been impossible. They truly reached their mandate on Saturday as the event brought out the best in many local children. 🙂

It was a wonderful feeling to plan a big event and have it materialize. One of the students was only able to stay for an hour of the day. Poor girl. After putting all of the effort into planning the fair, I’m so glad I was able to help it succeed the day of.

Thanks again to everyone involved in making the day wonderful. Volunteers, Optimists, performers and community booths. I hope to see you all again next year!!


June 19th: The Optimist Family Fun Festival

This weekend we had The Optimist Family Fun Festival at the Trethewey House Grounds. It was a great hit with kids and parents alike. The hard work was definitely worth the resultant success. Children were giggling, dancing, and smiling their way to all the fun stations set up. The sun was bright and the breezy afternoon was perfect for such a fun day. The lineup of children, eagerly waiting with their families to play a game of bocce, to race at the obstacle course, to look through an astronomer’s telescope, get a turban tied and at dozen other stations was pleasure to see. Our staff at MSA Museum thanks all that attended the event and we hope to see you all again next year and those who couldn’t make it to the event this year, do not worry, our annual Optimist Family Fun Festival will be back again next year.


Some children enjoy the sack race.
Sun Hang Do had a very cool show for us, which also included brick-breaking!
Dixie Gold and his balloons were quite popular, he had a line-up the entire day!
NSM² Bhangra wowed us with their colorful and energetic performance.


Hi everyone! We are Museum Assistants at the MSA Museum Trethewey House Heritage Site! We have started this blog to network within the community and inform everyone about upcoming events taking place at the museum. We will have posts about artefacts, kids camps and our experiences working here at Trethewey House. We will also post pictures and descriptions of past events. We invite you to leave your comments, feedback and suggestions for future events and exhibits. We hope to see you on a tour very soon!

Pam and Sidhu

Heritage Site Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
(Closed for lunch 12pm-1pm)

Trethewey House Tours:
Monday-Friday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm