The Pitt Meadows Museum and Archives created the community map project with the idea that history should be easily accessible and that it should be written by the people. We only have stories from those who are willing to share, so we are always looking at ways to make it easier for people to share their histories and avoid them being lost to time. We encourage everyone to take the time and help build up this map so it can be a gift to the community and can continue to grow with each new memory.
To view the map, click the heading in the upper menu titled "Community Map" or click here
What is the community map?
The community map is a custom-built interactive map available to people living in or formerly from Pitt Meadows. The software was built on existing Google Map structure and allows users to add their stories, photographs, sounds, and videos to the map.
Who helped bring the project to life?
The project was thought about for a long time but through the work of Museum employees (Leslie Norman, Curator, and Jennifer Chernecki) and with the help of SilverServers Inc. Other Museum employees helped as well with editing and uploading to the map project (Keagan Nagy, Rebekah Abebe, and Petra Maior). This project was supported by the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada grant program
How do I upload a marker?
Go onto the community map page (click here
). Look over the map and find a place that you want to write the history about and click it. A box will come up saying “Add a Memory”, from there you can follow all the prompts to upload your memory. The museum will receive it and add it to the website (ideally after checking its historical accuracy and making sure that the post makes sense) within a week of receiving it. There is no identifying information posted publicly unless you want it to be.
If you want to add more information to a marker or to your own, you can either add another marker (as we will see it in the backend of our website) or you can email the museum with the extra information.
How do I find map markers?
Just look around the map, zoom in, and just wander. It’s meant to be something that you almost end up stumbling into history. Find where you live and see if there is a map marker there, or an area that holds special memories to you. If you know specifically what you are looking for, just find that spot on the map or look it up in our search bar.
If you have any questions you can always email the museum or reach us through our contact page on our website.