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Heritage society seeking Port Coquitlam waterfront photos, artifacts

The PoCo Heritage Society is gearing up for a new museum display at the end of the month and is turning to members of the community for help. - TRI-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO
The PoCo Heritage Society is gearing up for a new museum display at the end of the month and is turning to members of the community for help.
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The PoCo Heritage Society is gearing up for a new museum display at the end of the month and is turning to members of the community for help.

Photographs, stories and artifacts related to Port Coquitlam's waterfront are being sought for the Heritage Afloat exhibit, which will run for six months beginning at the end of January.

The society is particularly interested in information about two pioneers, who were prominent figures on the rivers in PoCo's early days.

"We are struggling to find information on Capt. Bill Benneck, who ran the ferry here in PoCo and also Walter Oliver, who ran the Pitt Lake Express," said society president Pippa VanVelzen in an email. "So if anyone has info on these two people, that would be terrific."

The display will coincide with Heritage BC Week (February 17 to 23), which is following the same theme.

Anyone willing to loan the society photos, artifacts, articles or information about Port Coquitlam's waterfront can get in touch with VanVelzen at pippav@pocoheritage.org or call 604-927-8403.

For more information go to www.pocoheritage.org or www.heritagebc.ca/heritage-week-2014.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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