Museum News — January 2019

The start of a new year is always full of grant writing, analyzing last year’s numbers, and pulling together new exhibits, programs, and events for this year.

We set records across the board again in paid visitors, gift shop customers, and guided tour groups and educational programs. A lot of what we accomplished was thanks to our 89 volunteers and the 3,597 hours they put in last year! Volunteering can be as simple as putting in an hour or two baking for one of our fundraisers, helping with an event, or working on a project for the museum. If you want to get involved, contact Caty at 250-787-0430 or fsjnpmuseum@fsjmail.com.

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Exhibits

• Capturing the Past: Cameras of the North Peace
January 28 – June 2019 at the North Peace Regional Airport
This exhibit showcases a few of the museum collection’s cameras that were used by prominent local people, including Dr. Kearney and Duncan Cran.

• Say Yes to the Dress: A Journey through the History of Infant’s Clothing in Western Culture
Now until May 31, 2019 at the museum
Say Yes to the Dress looks at infant clothing from antiquity to the present. Discover what swaddling clothes are. Learn about the differences in colours for boys and girls over the years. See never before displayed dresses and other items from our museum collection as well as special items loaned for this display. Realize why dresses were popular for both boys and girls to wear from medieval times to the early 1900s. Our textile volunteer, Marjo Wheat, curated this special exhibit.

• Tools of the Frontier
Tools of the Frontier 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.

Upcoming Events

• Heritage Day
Saturday, February 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum
The theme for this year’s Heritage Week is Heritage Stands the Test of Time. Find our what’s going on behind the scenes at the museum by taking a guided tour of our collections storage area and seeing several artefacts that are not currently on display. See a photo exhibit on local heritage buildings with past and present photographs juxtaposed. Guess the artefacts from the museum collection at the “What is it?” table. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. 

• North Peace Historical Society Annual General Meeting & Dinner
Wednesday, February 27, at 6 p.m. (Dinner at 6:30) at the museum
The North Peace Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place at the museum this year. We’ll be eating a turkey dinner from Aniela’s Kitchen followed by dessert. After dinner, we’ll have a short meeting to look back at what we accomplished this last year. Our guest speaker this year is Jim Little who will be telling stories of his time as a surveyor and employee of the Ministry of the Environment. Tickets are $25 and are available at the museum. Everyone is welcome! You don’t need to be a member to attend; you only need a membership to vote

Archives & Collections

Did you know that the museum collects obituaries? If you have a recently deceased relative who lived in this area and have not posted his/her obituary through Hamre’s or in the Alaska Highway News, please feel free to email it to the museum archives at fsjmarchives@fsjmail.com or drop it off at the museum (we can scan and return it to you or keep it if you no longer want it) so that we can improve our records.

School Programs

School programs are back in full swing at the museum. We have two new offerings this year. Our Building the Alaska Highway Program is now available for grades 4-6 as well as grade one (original program) and high school. Call the museum at 250-787-0430 for more information on programs and tours.

Caty Virostek is manager and curator of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum.  

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