Miners Memorial Weekend
Thursday June 12th to Saturday June 14th
All Over Cumberland
For 29 years the Cumberland Museum has played host to an annual commemoration of fallen workers, labour history and contemporary labour issues. The three day event welcomes hundreds of attendees from across Western Canada and as far away as the UK including workers and their families, activists, artists, writers, academics, community leaders, musicians and many others.
Stay tuned for further details on the Miners Memorial Weekend 2014!
THURSDAY, JUNE 12th – Community Connect
The Cumberland Museum welcomes Maria Dunn, a Canadian musician who has been described as “an arrestingly powerful singer-songwriter who writes great historical and social commentary.” Her music blends Celtic folk with North American bluegrass and country influences. Born in Scotland and raised in Ontario and Alberta, she writes songs inspired by historical and contemporary characters, capturing their struggles and triumphs in her lyrics.
FRIDAY, JUNE 13th
Friday evening brings community members and attendees together for our annual “Songs of the Workers”, cabaret style evening at the Cumberland OAP Hall! Join the Cumberland Museum and friends for songs about life, death, work and revolution. Admission by donation.
SATURDAY, JUNE 14th
Saturday is a full day starting with a pancake breakfast, by donation, at the Cumberland CRI from 9-11. Head over to the Cumberland Museum for a guided tours.
The afternoon graveside vigil at the Cumberland Cemetery takes place between 2:00pm - 4:30pm, with speakers, music, the laying of fair trade flowers on Ginger Goodwin’s grave, and a rose ceremony on the graves of all the fallen miners. Unions, families, businesses and individuals can all support the event by ordering a bouquet to have laid in their name. The afternoon continues with visits to the Japanese and Chinese cemeteries to pay respects. All are welcome.
At 6 pm attendees and community members gather for a big community supper at the C.R.I. The evening continues at the Cumberland Cultural Centre, with music, readings, speakers and more.
Printed registration forms can be mailed with cheque to: Cumberland Museum and Archives, Box 258, 2680 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland B.C., V0R 1S0
All proceeds from the Miners Memorial Weekend support the Cumberland Museum’s operations, programming, and exhibit development.