Port Moody Heritage Society sums up 100 years in 100 seconds

The Port Moody Heritage Society is gearing up for the city's centennial celebrations with a hardcover book and a (very) short film.

The film 100 Years in 100 Seconds was put together by Devan Scott, a student working at the museum last summer, and features a series of vintage photographs depicting PoMo's history and set to music.

It was shown at Tuesday's council meeting as the art-at-council agenda item.

Wayne Beggs and Jim Millar of the heritage society also attended the meeting to introduce the coffee-table book they're working on and to ask the city commit to buying 100 books.

Tracks in Time: Port Moody's First 100 Years showcases PoMo's beginnings in 1879, when it was made the terminus of the CP Rail line. (Port Moody is celebrating its centennial in 2013 because it was officially declared a city in 1913.)

"This project is a unique undertaking because it was a community development project," Beggs, president of the heritage society, said at Tuesday's council meeting. "We worked closely with community seniors to put the book together."

A Service Canada grant of almost $25,000 got the book started and heritage society members and volunteers have been interviewing seniors and compiling stories to illustrate PoMo's history.

Millar, the PoMo Station Museum's manager, said 2,000 copies of the 176-page book will be printed this spring, with a launch planned for the fall, in time for Christmas shopping.

A similar book published for West Vancouver's centennial was so popular the city ran out of its 2,200 copies before the celebrations even started.

"We're trying to predict how many we'll sell but I think we can sell about 1,700 for the first three years," Millar said.

The heritage society asked PoMo to buy 100 books at $40 each. Council will discuss the matter at an upcoming meeting.

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