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Lest We Forget: White Rock During the War Years

Saturday November 7th - Sunday November 15th, 2015

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The war years of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 influenced the lives of all Canadians, and still do today. Thousands of fathers, husbands, sons, mothers and daughters served their country on the frontlines. Those who stayed home in White Rock also served in the workforce, in convalescence, in voluntary service organizations – wherever they were needed. We invite you to explore the history of White Rock at war through the museum’s collection and archival material.

Annual Book Sale

Saturday October 17th - Sunday November 1st, 2015

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The annual Book Sale will occupy the gallery between Oct. 17 and Nov. 1, 2015.   All books are $2.00.

June 6 - October 12, 2015

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Whether a yoyo, Slinky, Etch-a-Sketch, or XBox, toys have existed for centuries as an essential part of any child’s life. Play teaches everything from motor skills, to engineering, to everyday tasks. Toys allow us to develop our imaginations and creativity, to explore, discover and learn from the world around us. 

Join us from June 6th to October 12th as we celebrate some of the most popular toys of the last 100 years. Follow the evolution of handcrafted wood and ceramic toys to factory produced plastics and computer microprocessing.

The exhibit features toy re-creations from members of the Vancouver Lego Club, historic toys from the Museum's collection, as well as ten interactive toy stations and balloon sculptures by Korki the Clown, Smile Ambassador of the Semiahmoo Peninsula. Make sure to grab your play passport on your way in and test out all the stations in our gallery for a chance to win a 2015 Easy Bake Oven!

With thanks to our exhibit sponsors and partners: City of White RockPeace Arch News (2015 Print Media Sponsor),  Charlie Don't Surf Restaurant (2015 Reception Sponsor) and Bricks 4 Kidz – Surrey/Delta. Exhibit artwork provided by: Monica Blachnio.

January 17 - May 31, 2015

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Imagine: one doctor to serve the entire municipality of Surrey, including White Rock, and no hospital. Sounds crazy, but it was the reality for residents up until the 1940s. When Royal Columbian Hospital restricted services to only residents north of the Fraser River in 1946, Surrey was forced to find alternative health care. This is where the plan for a hospital in White Rock was born.

Critical Care: A History of Hospitals in a Border Town discusses how early settlers of South Surrey and White Rock received medical care and how community need, passion, and dedication helped drive the construction of what is now Peace Arch Hospital.

Included in the exhibit are early medical artifacts from throughout the lower mainland, many donated by the late Dr. Allan Hogg. Nursing uniforms and photographs are also included. Children will enjoy activities such as magnetic skeleton building, interactive cube display, and medical equipment guessing game. In addition, a lecture series will be scheduled during the exhibit, including a fashion show by the BC History of Nursing Society. Check our website and Facebook page in the New Year for more information.

Also featured in the exhibit is a video compilation by local artist Sherron Fairbairn.

For more information on Sherron, please check out her website:

The exhibit will run from January 17th to May 31st, 2015. Admission is by donation. With thanks to our sponsors: The Hogg Family, White Rock Medical Society, Peace Arch News (2015 Print Media Sponsor), BMO Semiahmoo Branch (2015 Event Napkin Sponsor), Charlie Don’t Surf (2015 Reception Sponsor) and the City of White Rock. Also thanks to: Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation, Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary Society, the BC History of Nursing Society, VGH School of Nursing Alumnae Association, and Langley Hospital Auxiliary.

Image courtesy of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary Society

Call us at (604) 541-2221 for further details