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Me and My Collection: Harold Steves

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) recently hosted an informative talk about food and its importance to Vancouver’s culture, history and environmental future.


Photo by Rebecca Blissett

The speakers included Imogene Lim, an anthropology and global studies professor at Vancouver Island University, and Harold Steves, a local farmer, argoecologist, and climate activist. Both are passionate collectors and contributors to the All Together Now exhibition which feature Lim’s extensive collection of Chinese take-out menus and Steves’ heirloom vegetable seeds, among 18 others.

Harold Steves comes from a line of farmers and seed savers. His great uncle and grandfather established the first seed company in Western Canada. He works out of his family farm in Richmond, raising non GMO heirloom seeds and grass fed beef. Steves explained the pivotal moment in BC’s agricultural history which influenced him and his wife to start saving local seeds. In 1985, the local seed retailer Buckerfields shut down. Seeds offered in their catalogue were slowly being replaced with varieties from California and Mexico – replacing what was once local. Steves was concerned about the loss of genetic diversity and being able to grow seed varieties in BC’s specific climate. So he started saving these seeds, which he now sells.

Steves went on to share some of the vegetables and plants he grows including the Yellow mangel (essentially a big beet that can grow to 10 pounds and has a sweeter taste), alpha tomatoes, Early Amber Sorghum, and Black Russian Sunflowers. He gave a glimpse into some of the growing and seed saving techniques he practices and at the end of the night, he gave out alpha tomato seeds for guests to plant in their own gardens. Thanks Harold!

For more photos from this event please visit: https://www.facebook.com/MuseumofVancouver/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10153716702671433

Follow @Harold_Steves on Twitter.

All Together Now "is a must see exhibition"

Check out what the media has to say about our new exhibition:

Vancouver Magazine: Vancouver’s most unconventional collections - a "must-see exhibition."

CBC Our Vancouver: Collector spotlights 40 years of bus tickets, memorabilia in new MOV exhibit

Shaw TV “Around Town”

News1130: 

Vancouver is Awesome: Check out these 20 bizarre collections

Daily Hive: http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/all-together-now-museum-of-vancouver

Vancouver Sunhttp://vancouversun.com/entertainment/local-arts/five-reasons-to-see-museum-of-vancouvers-all-together-now-vancouver-collectors-and-their-worlds

Vancouver Magazine: Vancouver’s most unconventional collections - a "must-see exhibition."

Vancouver Courier: http://www.vancourier.com/entertainment/picks-of-the-week

Georgia Straight: http://www.straight.com/arts/722001/rare-array-vintage-artificial-limbs-joins-museum-vancouver-collectors-show

Westenderhttp://www.westender.com/news-issues/vancouver-shakedown/pinball-chinese-menus-and-road-kill-1.2283054

Sing Tao Vancouver: http://vancouver.singtao.ca/

NUVO Magazine: http://nuvomagazine.com/art/all-together-now-vancouver-collectors-and-their-worlds

Vancouver ObserverThe history of Vancouver's Chinatown, documented in menus

Surrey Leader: A ticket to B.C. transit history

BC Local News: http://www.bclocalnews.com/entertainment/384332941.html

Jewish Independent: http://www.jewishindependent.ca/share-in-collectors-passions/

Eve Lazarus - Blog: http://evelazarus.com/the-collectors/

My Van City: http://myvancity.ca/2016/06/28/together-now-exhibit-mov-showcases-collections-collectors/

Daily Hive: Four local collectors pay homage to retro gaming in Vancouver

Beat Route: Rob Frith captures musical moments in time with concert poster collection in ‘All Together Now’ exhibit

North by Northwest on CBC Radio: Marie Allen talks to Sheryl McKay at 01:16:30 http://ow.ly/Hxd1302mtgV\

All Points West on CBC Radio: History of famous Vancouver Chinatown restaurant WK Gardens revealed through collected menus

Vitamin Daily: All Together Now at the Museum of Vancouver

The Peak (SFU): All Together Now features 20 diverse collections ranging from taxidermy to pinball machines

 

The tip of the iceberg

People like collecting. It's probably is connected back to our ancestors' hunter/gatherer days.

These days, we collect all sorts of of things. For some it's shoes, for others it's figurines. A lot of people have grandmothers who collected spoons or plates, or uncles that collected coins and stamps. There's even someone who collects computer viruses.

While some people are definitely hoarders, the displays that make up the MOV's new exhibition are comprised of "serious" enthusiasts who collect their obsession(s) with intent.

ALL together NOW: Vancouver Collectors & Their Worlds features 20 rare, beautiful and unconventional collections. There's artificial eye balls and prosthetics, corsets and drag queen costumes, pinball machines and juke boxes. These are not your typical collections!

The following images have been shared by visitors of the exhibition, illustrating just the tip of the iceberg in regards to the thousands of objects on display.

 

 

Self explanatory #typewriter #captionless #vancouver #travel

A photo posted by Charmayne Leontowich (@luckycharmayne) on

 

Very hard to choose which photo from the @museumofvan opening tonight. So here is a tiny portion of the toy section.

A photo posted by Georgia Straight (@georgiastraight) on

 

Nostalgia trip. #vancouverisawesome #vancity #mycollectionatmov #dailyhivevan #hellobc

A photo posted by Luigi Conti (@igiconti) on

 

Collection

A photo posted by monarch5 (@monarch5) on

 

This gem is currently on exibition at the Museum of Vancouver!! OMG!! Blast from the past!!

A photo posted by Reuben Bibera (@inocent24) on

Collectors Amongst Us

Viviane Gosselin's picture

Call to Collectors for Upcoming Exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver

We want to know about your collection, the idea behind it and how it all started.

The Museum of Vancouver is working on a temporary exhibition project that will feature Vancouver-based collectors and their collections. The museum wants to explore the mindset of these passionate “hunters and gatherers” and showcase their favourite pieces.

The collections might focus on Vancouver but they don’t have to. We are interested in learning how the collections came to be and what they bring to the lives of the people who create them. We are looking for interesting, beautiful, rare, unconventional collections: small, big, noisy, musical, historical, digital, analogue – surprise us!

This project will generate new discussion about the future of collecting, and the role of private collectors as memory keepers and makers.

Please fill out this form (PDF) and email back to Viviane Gosselin: vgosselin@museumofvancouver.ca

The deadline for submitting your collection profile is September 30. 2015.

Photo above from Lyanne Smith's collection.

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