Carol Law (right) and Marnie Pickard cut cake while Joan Vogstad looks on.

Museum celebration draws crowds

A group of about 100 people abandoned the Canucks’ playoff game Sunday afternoon to celebrate a different kind of victory.

The Agassiz-Harrison Museum turned 25 over the weekend, and a reception was held in the parking lot and on the original rails that run in front of the historic building.

It was an important ceremony, Mayor Lorne Fisher told the crowd. The building is an old train station, which was moved back and forth between its current location and the Ag Station before settling 25 years ago.

The building is a reminder of when trains were a “vital piece” of Canadian communities, and train arrivals and departures were an important part of daily life.

Joan Vogstad of the Agassiz Harrison Historical Society reminded the crowd that the museum has been the site of the Tourist Information Centre for the past two years.

“We’ve just signed a five year agreement with the District of Kent to be here another five years,” she said. “It’s a good mix, the Info Centre and the the museum.”

Harrison Councillor Bob Perry announced that the Village would like to get its own museum started.

“Not to take away from this event, but we wish we had a museum in Harrison,” he said.

Also on hand were Carol Law and Marnie Pickard.

“These two gals really got it going,” Vogstad said as they cut the museum’s birthday cake. The cermony ended with an impromptu singing of Happy Birthday.

This weekend also marked the official opening of the museum for the summer.

Jackie Perry, who writes the weekly Echoes from the Past column for this newspaper, said they were so busy on Saturday, they forgot to change the sign to ‘close’ at the end of the day.

“We were running around all day,” she said.

For more information, visit them at www.agassizharrisonmuseum.org or phone 604-796-3545.

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