Museum News — November 2018

November has been quite a busy month so far! We’ve presented five educational programs so far to students ranging from Grades 3 to 7 on topics such as the fur trade and the wild animals of the North Peace region.

We recently held an acquisition committee meeting and as a result of that we have lots of new artefacts to catalogue. The museum will soon be decorated for Christmas, just in time for our annual Christmas Tea.

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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 Sport 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.

Please contact Caty Virostek at 250-787-0430 or fsjnpmuseum@fsjmail.com.

Memory Kit for Seniors

Our university summer student, Paulette Auger, has developed a free memory kit that will travel to seniors’ homes in our community. This kit helps seniors (no matter where they are from) reminisce about a variety of historic items (both artefacts and photographs). Kit includes discussion questions and two artefact-based games to play.

Upcoming Events

• Christmas Tea
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Kick off your Christmas festivities at the museum’s annual old-fashioned Christmas Tea. The museum will be all decked out for Christmas. $8 gets you admission to the museum and a selection of fabulous baked goodies, sandwiches, tea, and coffee.
This is the perfect time to catch up with friends and start your Christmas shopping in our gift shop. 10% off most gift shop items (excluding sale items) for North Peace Historical Society members. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.

• Kids’ Night: Christmas at the Museum
Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Celebrate Christmas at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum. We’ll hear a Christmas story, make lots of Christmas crafts, and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies. REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY AND LIMITED. Event tickets 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. Registration will be available in late November.

Exhibits

• 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. 

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