The Cumberland Museum and Archives is hosting their 28th annual Miners Memorial Weekend this weekend (June 20 to 22).
The three-day event kicks off this Thursday night with Vancouver author David Wong reading and presenting from his graphic novel Escape to Gold Mountain.
Come and learn about the experiences of early Chinese Immigrants to North America. This family-friendly event starts at 7 at the Riding Fool Hostel and entry is by donation.
Friday night features the much loved Songs of the Workers at the Cumberland OAP (next to the museum).
Starting at 7 p.m. visiting and local musicians will share traditional and new workers’ songs and invite the audience to sing along! These important songs share the stories and struggles of working people across time. Entry is by donation.
Saturday’s events kick off with a pancake breakfast at the Cumberland Recreation Institute, a guided museum tour at 11 a.m. (included with museum admission), a graveside ceremony with speakers, live music and the laying of flowers at the Cumberland Cemetery and the Chinese and Japanese Cemeteries starting at 1 p.m.
Then at 3 p.m. take a guided walking tour of the village leaving from the Cumberland Museum. The big Miners Memorial Dinner kicks off at 6. Dinner tickets are $25 and everyone is welcome! Kids under 5 are free and under $12 are only $5.
Be sure to visit the museum to see a very special IWW art exhibit on display this weekend and weekend. These posters and print are a stunning convergence of art and politics and well worth a visit.
Miners Memorial Weekend is a project of the Cumberland Museum and Archives. The event is a celebration of workers history, current labour issues and the ongoing fight for safety and justice in the work place here at home and around the world.
To find out more, check out www.cumberlandmuseum.ca.
— Cumberland Museum and Archives