It’s always busy behind the scenes at the museum. We’ve been reorganizing our filing system (thanks to the donation of two filing cabinets from the library); cataloguing items relating to Big Bam Ski Hill, the Allen House, and Austin Hadland’s 1939 International Truck; and planning events for 2020.
Now that it’s so dark in the mornings, it’s nice to arrive at the museum to the twinkling Christmas lights on the Allen House. Take a look as you drive by at night. The museum is closed for Christmas from December 24-29 (so any last minute gift shopping here will need to take place by December 23 when we are open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). This allows our staff and volunteers to have a good break with their families. Our museum exhibits are decorated for Christmas and are free with your membership. These decorations will be up until January 6 (the twelfth day of Christmas).
If you want to beat the post-Christmas blahs, come volunteer at the museum on December 30 or December 31 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and help us with our gift shop inventory. If you love organizing or counting, this task is for you. It’s a drop in event and whatever time you can spare is appreciated.
• Dashing through the Snow: Sleighs of the North Peace — This free exhibit looks at dogsleds, cutters, cabooses, and other sleighs used in this area until about 1950. It features historic photographs, sleigh bells, and a sleigh blanket as well as the memories many people had of sleighs in this area. It is on display at the North Peace Regional Airport until May 2020.
• Starched Whites & Winter Woolens: Nursing Uniforms of the North Peace — Now until April 2019 at the Fort St. John Hospital — Nurses in the North Peace have had many different uniforms over the years from starched white cotton dresses (and warm winter coats) to today’s scrubs. Travel back through nine decades of nursing through stories, photographs, and parts of uniforms. This free exhibit is now on display in the Fort St. John Hospital lobby for the next six months thanks to our partnership with the Fort St. John Hospital Arts Committee.
• St. Distaff’s Day — Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. to 3 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.
• Kids’ Night at the Museum: Rodents of the North Peace — Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7 p.m. — Learn more about our smaller wildlife from mice and voles to beaver! Listen to a story. Make rodent related crafts and participate in rodent related activities. Registration is mandatory and limited. For more information call 250-787-0430.
Archives & Collections
Our archives and offices have undergone a massive reorganization this month with new filing cabinets. Did you know that every lot of artefacts that come in have a folder dedicated to them that contains a gift form, historical summary sheet, and condition reports? Did you know that the archives maintains two vertical filing systems – one for people and one for other subjects (communities, organizations, schools, churches, events, sports and recreation, fur trade history, etc.)? This allows researchers to have an easy place to start to find information on a variety of topics. Thanks to the Fort St. John Public Library, we now have lots of room to expand our artefact files, people files, and vertical files over the coming years.
Heather Sjoblom is manager and curator of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum.