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Wanted: Fort Langley CN Station Manager

See the job posting below for an exciting opportunity: manager of the Fort Langley CN Station.  Deadline for applications is March 1st, 2018.

CN Station Site Manager – Contract for Services Posting

Job Type: Part-time (low season up to 14hrs/week, high season up to 25hrs/week), contract (March-October)

Wage: $20-25/hr, depending on experience

Job Location: CN Station Site, 23245 Mavis Street, Fort Langley

Reports to: Langley Heritage Society Board (CN Station Liaison)

Deadline: March 1, 2018

 

Position Overview:

The CN Station Site Manager position reports to the Station Committee Liaison while working collaboratively with the CN Station Committee to see to the day-to-day operations of the site.  Volunteer management and creating a positive, interesting and welcoming experience for our visitors are of utmost importance within this role.  Priority will also be directed towards educating the public on the historical significance of the site and its place in Fraser Valley history.

Summary of Duties:

CN Station Volunteer Management:

  • Coordinate volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Schedule volunteers
  • Assist with CN Station volunteer outlines/training/supervision
  • Assist with detailing expectations around visitor interaction and engagement (for all staff, students and volunteers to follow)
  • Lead volunteer orientations (until other volunteers might be able to take this on)
  • Maintain and organize volunteer records
  • Create volunteer recognition opportunities
  • Volunteer break coverage as needed

Site Operations and Maintenance:

  • Open/close site as needed
  • General upkeep and cleaning of the station and washrooms
  • Attend monthly CN Station Committee meetings (when scheduled)
  • With input from others on the Station Committee, create a monthly update report for the LHS Board
  • Report to board if there are any maintenance issues that require attention
  • Worker-bee organization
  • Souvenir sales to the public as needed
  • Tracking expenses and assist with basic budgeting
  • Running the model railway display as needed (after training)

Improve Public Engagement:

  • Work with the station committee and Station Committee Liaison to create better historic interpretation of the site – photos, signage, displays, costumed interpreters
  • Signage for the site (inside and outside)
  • Improve displays inside the station (artifact management)
  • Assist with providing information/photos for LHS online presence re: the Station
  • Program development (look into events and programs that could enliven the site throughout the summer months)
  • Identifying and managing tourist needs that come to the station (gathering information and making it available for volunteers and tourists in the form of videos, pamphlets, signs, handouts etc.)

Job Requirements:

  • Police Record Check required
  • Comfortable with basic computer applications (word, email)
  • Past experience managing volunteers
  • Mandatory training on running the model railway
  • Comfortable working with the general public and a volunteer board
  • Knowledge of the local area and local history
  • Experience with social media platforms considered an asset

Please send resume and cover letter to: info@langleyheritage.ca with “CN Station Manager Posting” in the subject line or mail to: Langley Heritage Society, Box 982, Fort Langley, BC, V1M 2S3.  Posting cut off is March 1, 2018.  Only those candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

 

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Black History Month: Honouring a former slave family

(Photo: Jim Foulkes)

All that remains of the Scott Family farm in Cloverdale is a small copse of old fruit trees. The 7 acres that Henry Houston Scott and his family farmed have been transformed into a subdivision and power transmission right-of-way.  Now the Surrey Historical Society is working to honour this family that ventured north to the Fraser Valley, where they became respected farmers.

Henry was born a slave in 1854 in Fannin County, Texas. President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, but it wasn’t until 1865 that slavery was finally abolished under the 13th amendment. Henry met Amy Florence Alridge of Mississippi and in 1905 the couple received a homestead grant in Oklahoma. Census records suggest they eventually had ten children.

The Scotts and three children were drawn to the fertile lands of the Fraser Valley in 1912 where they grew hay and later farmed dairy cattle along today’s 64th Avenue. After Henry and his wife died in 1934 his youngest son Jesse continued to work the farm; he was also a professional baseball player, including with the IOCO (Imperial Oil) senior baseball team (see photo below). Another son, Roy, worked at a lumber mill and took a job as a porter on the CPR. The youngest, Benola Myrtle, died in 1971 and rests with her family in unmarked graves at the Surrey Centre Cemetery high above the Serpentine River.

Jesse Scott stands behind the bat boy with his 1923 teammates on the IOCO (Imperial Oil) senior baseball team. (Photo courtesy of the Port Moody Station Museum– Acc. # 2000.018.001)

The three Scott siblings who came to Canada did not marry; their story ended with Benola’s passing. The Surrey Historical Society wants to change that and is asking Surrey Parks and the city’s Heritage Committee to turn the small patch of land with fruit trees into Henry Scott Park and to acknowledge their story on a heritage sign. (The land is designated a park, but is unused and unnamed.) The society also wants to mark the graves of the Scotts resting near other pioneer families like Bose, Kells and Boothroyd. Black History Month seems an auspicious time to move these initiatives forward.

Surrey Historical Society board member Jim Foulkes is hopeful, and often drives past the old farm site. “In spring, the blossoms of their old orchard tell of the endeavours of the Scott family to build a new life in Canada.”

(The document below is  a record indicating that Henry Scott received a homestead grant in Oklahoma about 7 years before the family moved to the Fraser Valley.) 

 

Ted’s Adventure: The Beaver Appreciation Tour

 

The much-maligned beaver has a hero in Langley Heritage Society member Ted Lightfoot. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, and the place of Castor canadensis in our history, Ted towed a trailer emblazoned with “Beep For Beaver” Appreciation Tour across the country. Inside was a diorama-like display featuring a trio of sculpted beavers, a Hudson’s Bay Company fur bundle, a gnawed stump and a photo of a beaver pond situated on his property near the headwaters of West Creek. (This pond was originally a man-made detention pond until the beavers started their makeover.) A wooden canoe lashed to the trailer reminded people of its essential role in the fur trade and of aboriginal peoples’ innovation.

The beaver is described as a “keystone species”, creating wetland habitat for other animals like fish, birds and otters. Considered a nuisance by some because of their habit of damming creeks and destroying trees, there are new ways to mitigate their dam construction using special culverts. Even the artificial sound of running water can influence their behavior. Ted Lightfoot’s message is all about looking for ways to preserve these wetlands, streams and riparian setbacks. The beaver could be part of the answer.

One of the highlights of his cross-Canada trip was parking the beaver trailer at Signal Hill in St John’s, Newfoundland and hoisting the Fort Langley flag. He also appreciated getting toots of the horn and waves from other travellers. “The record was three toots in a row.”  He adds, “Survival of the beaver was threatened, but you will be happy to know that they are back to full strength and that today they have fewer predators…I have come to admire the beaver for the keystone role they play in my backyard and across Canada.”  You can see the Beaver Appreciation Tour trailer and display during Heritage Week (February 19 – February 25), inside the baggage room at the historic CN Station in Fort Langley. Ted will be there from 10 am 4 pm each day to answer questions about his 6,300 kilometre adventure.

By | February 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Give Your Feedback on Arts, Culture & Heritage Proposal for Fort Langley

The Township of Langley has unveiled a plan for development of two new museums, a library, aboriginal themed lodge accommodations, a conference centre, art gallery, townhouses, Fort-to-Fort Trail improvements, restoration of historic Haldi House (AKA Bedford House) and more. (Langley Heritage Society has been working toward renewal and preservation of Haldi House for some time.) The project would involve various partnerships with the Township, Kwantlen First Nation and others. For a summary, visit the Township of Langley website complete the feedback survey HERE.

By | February 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Here Comes Heritage Week

Our B.C. Heritage Week Tea & Social  is happening on February 24th, beginning at 11:30 at Milner Chapel. We’re looking forward to hearing about plans and projects of our many friends in the heritage community: Langley Memorial Hospital Museum, B.C. Farm Museum, Fort Langley National Historic Site, CN Station Volunteer Diane Simpson, musician Tom Hammel, Fraser Valley Heritage Railway, Metro Parks and Langley Centennial Museum.  For more information about the ongoing Speaker Series, go HERE

 

                                                                         Milner Chapel, 6716 216 St, Langley

 

Langley through the lens of Neville Curtis

City of Surrey archivist Chelsea Bailey recently presented photographs taken by Neville Curtis (1892 – 1969) to members of the Langley Heritage Society. Curtis freelanced with newspapers in Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey and with the Langley Advance, from the 1940s into the 1960s. (His family also owned and operated a grocery and feed store in Cloverdale.) Thanks to Chelsea for sharing the four Langley area photos below. The Curtis collection of almost 5,000 negatives was donated to City of Surrey Archives by Neville’s wife, Amanda Curtis.

NC912 Pagoda Restaurant and neon sign, Langley 1962

 

NC1196B Opening day at Langley’s new Royal Bank branch in July 1961

NC1495 Constable Harvey Wolf, Langley RCMP detachment 1962

NC883B Old store house, Fort Langley National Historic Site 1960

By | January 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments