Planning is well underway for the New Year at the museum. We’ve got several classic events (documentary nights, kids’ nights, etc.) returning with new subject matter as well as some brand new educational events and fundraisers coming up later this year. We’ll need some extra volunteer help to keep up with all our events, tours, archives inquiries, and more. Contact the museum for more information or read more about various volunteer opportunities below.
Thanks to all the volunteers who dedicated hours to help with events, fundraisers, maintenance, our gift shop, and our collection this year. We will be closed December 24 though January 3, 2019, for holidays, as our volunteers deserve a Christmas break as well!
Please note that access to museum parking lot is now only via 100th Street due to construction on Centennial Park between the museum and the Pomeroy Sports Centre.
Archives & Collections
Volunteers are working to scan and identify an exciting collection of negatives taken by local photographer, Rudy Schubert, in the 1950s. These negatives include parades, sports, parties, buildings, and families.
• St. Distaff’s Day
Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Join the North Peace Spinners and Weavers to mark St. Distaff’s Day at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum. This day traditionally marked the first day back to work following the twelve days of Christmas. In the Middle Ages, women of all classes resumed their spinning on this day, using a distaff and drop spindle. Learn about the techniques of spinning and weaving. Try out a drop spindle. Discover the history of this celebration. Free admission. Donations welcome. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.
• Kids’ Night at the Museum: Marine Dinosaurs
Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Dinosaurs once roamed across northeast British Columbia. Come learn more about the ichthyosaur found at Pink Mountain, and make some dinosaur themed crafts! REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY AND LIMITED. Event tickets (available as of Jan. 3) are $5/child or $10/family and must be purchased at the museum in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult (free). Call 250-787-0430 for more information.
• Christmas at Mile 8
Now – January 15th at the North Peace Regional Airport
In December 1932, Jeanne Clelland journeyed from Fort St. John to her home at Mile 8. This exhibit shares Jeanne’s memories of that trip with the story she wrote about it herself, accompanied by archival photographs.
• Not Just Housework: Women and Work in the North Peace, 1890-1960
Our special exhibit this fall, winter and spring looks at the various tasks women undertook in the North Peace from typical women’s jobs like nurse or teacher to less typical jobs such as trapper, interpreter, and politician. It also looks at a variety of handicrafts from mukluks to embroidered tablecloths made by local women. This is one of our largest exhibits with twenty-two interpretive signs spread out around the museum. These purple signs are integrated into many of our permanent exhibits, showing that women in this area were involved in all different kinds of work inside and outside this home. Marjo Wheat and Heather Sjoblom curated this exhibit.
• Tools of the Frontier
We have a new temporary exhibit on display at the museum entitled Tools of the Frontier. It looks at a variety of tools and their uses for trappers and homesteaders as well as the changes in technology over time. Summer student Walker Brady assembled this exhibit.
Caty Virostek is manager and curator of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum.