Museum News — August 2018

Things are busy behind the scenes at the museum this summer. With the help of our summer students, we are making great strides in getting more of our collection of 15,000 + photos in our database. This makes searching easier for researchers as well as for developing exhibits. Would you like to know more about some of our collection that’s not on display? Follow the Fort St. John North Peace Museum on Facebook to learn more about some of our artefacts. We post a new artefact or photograph every Tuesday. It’s also a great way to keep up with our events, test your memory with local historical trivia, and learn more about what’s going on behind the scenes.

Archives & Collections

Staff and volunteers have responded to 69 research requests so far this year. Our two summer students are about 75% through photographing the textiles housed in our collections storage area, a project that will be completed this summer. They’re also hard at work entering hundreds of photos into our database – a project we should finish up next summer.

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Upcoming Events

• Unchagah Book Discussion
Tuesday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Museum Gift Shop

Meet Ted Stott, descendent of Henry Stott, who helped publish Henry’s journals from his trip to the Upper Peace River in 1928. Unchagah: Life by the Upper Peace River before the Dams, 1928-1932 charts the journey of Henry and Tom Stott by boat and foot through the Peace River country. Come and visit with Ted in the museum gift shop to learn more about this book and the publishing process.

• Cemetery Tour
Friday, August 24 at 7 p.m. at the Fort St. John Cemetery

Did you know that the Fort St. John Cemetery is home to an American Civil War Veteran, FSJ’s first Muslim Store Keeper, a Hudson’s Bay Company clerk, and a member of the Order of Canada? Hear all sorts of interesting stories about Fort St. John’s past and how our main cemetery came to take the layout it has today. Learn about cemetery mysteries such as the groundskeeper who ran away with the cemetery map!

Exhibits

• Doc Kearney Solar Prints Exhibit
June 3 – August 24, 2018 at the museum

Who performed surgery by radio, used his modified Model-T Ford as an ambulance, and neglected overdue patient accounts? Dr. Kearney – Fort St. John’s second doctor. This exhibit examines Dr. Kearney’s extraordinary life from medical training and service in the First World War to his career as Fort St. John’s doctor for over 25 years. 

Strategic Plan 2019-2021

Thanks to all those who provided feedback towards our third three-year strategic plan (2019-2021). We had 89 responses, which will help inform our goals in regards to education, exhibits, collections management, events, and more.

Interactive Activities

We’re continuously adding more interactive activities here at the museum. We’ve now made a proper reading area by our Alaska Highway News display where visitors can sit and read the first edition of the newspaper. We’re also working on an interactive sorting activity for our new schoolhouse signs.

Heather Sjoblom is manager and curator of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum.

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