Virtual Learning at Roedde House
This web page is under development to serve as a Virtual experience for students during the time they are unable to visit Roedde House Museum in person.
Introduction to the House and Roedde Family
Roedde House Museum, in Vancouver's West End, is a late-Victorian home in the Queen Anne revival style. Built in 1893 for the family of Gustav Roedde it has been faithfully restored to reflect the day-to-day life of a middle class, immigrant family at the end of the 19th century.
Gustav Roedde was born in Germany and trained there as a bookbinder. As a young man he moved to USA where he met and married Matida Cassebohm while in Cleveland, Ohio. They first moved to San Fransisco, then Victoria, and finally to Vincouver in 1888. Vancouver was a new city, having been incorporated in 1886 and was growing rapidly with the excitment of the arival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1887.
Gustav and Matilda had seven children, Anne Henrietta(She died very young in 1889), William, Emma, Gustav Jr, Walter (he was adopted as a baby), Anne Catherine, and Tilly. They lived in the house at 1415 Barclay Streen in Vancouver's west end up to 1924 when they sold the house and moved to Kerisdale.
By the 1930s this house in West End Vancouver became a boarding house with rental rooms until purchased by the City of Vancouver, restored to original look and becoming a museum in 1990.
Video: Follow a Docent through the Roedde House Museum.
Not available. This Video is currently being developed July 2020.
Experience a self guided tour of the museum.
Video : Introduction to School Program
See a school class visiting the Roedde House Museum.
In the 1990s Roedde granddaughters Gwen and Kay visit the house where they had lived with their mother and grandparents at the time of the First World War. They are able to tell us about what life was like as young girls over a hundred years ago.
Download the curriculum for the Windows to the Past school program.
These are projects from the Windows to the Past curriculum that students can work on individually, as a class group at school or at home with their parents.
Learning from Architecture
- Draw your home See curriculum page 26.
Ask students to do a detailed, accurate drawing of their home, with the building in front of them for constant visual reference. Encourage them to measure to help place and space doors, windows, etc. accurately. Pay close attention to the roofline and chimney, styles of windows, decorative details.
- A Neighbouhood Walk See curriculum page 27.
Take the class for a neighbourhood walk around a block or two, asking students to take time to observe various types of windows, doors and entrances, rooflines, number of stories, placement of rooms (as much as you can tell from the outside).
- Architectural Features of Roedde House. See curriculum page 28.
Use the BLM 2: South Elevation of Roedde House (with labels) and BLM 3 : South Elevation of Roedde House (without labels) to identify the special architectural features of Roedde House, to learn more architectural vocabulary and better to understand what they will observe when they visit Roedde House.
Exploring Family History
- Your Family Tree. See Curriculum Page 37.See Curriculum Page 37.
Construct your family tree. Students interview family members for information, using BLM 5, Finding out About Family. Have each student choose whom to interview for family tree information. If there is time, they might want to interview someone on both sides of the family, but one side of the family tree is fine. Encourage students to bring to class family photos to include with their family tree.
- Family or Personal Timeline. See Curriculum Page 43.
Students will create a timeline from their birth date to the present, recording significant events in their own lives. Building on the questions developed for the Activity Your Family Tree, discuss sample questions with them and draw up a list of questions to ask family members regarding events in their family history (marriages, births, deaths moves).
- Understanding Immigration. See Curriculum Page 45.
A number of activities, discussions, readings can be used to build background knowledge on this topic. Students talk about their own family experience of immigration and become more understanding of the stories of others.
Encourage students to ask a parent or grandparent how or why their own family decided to immigrate to BC and or Canada. Students can take turns to present their findings to the class.
If immigrants are seeking a better life, is that what they find? Interview students who have come to Canada most recently. What is it like to come to a new country? What things do they miss from their old country? Note 5 problems, 5 good things, and 5 funny things.