Museum News — November 2019

It’s great to be back after my maternity leave. I’ve jumped full swing into several projects and we are gearing up for Christmas here at the museum. Our museum exhibits are being decorated for Christmas and the results can be enjoyed any day in December (apart from Dec. 24-29 when we are closed). 

Exhibits

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• 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. 

• The Peace River: Highway of the North — Before roads, rivers were the highways of First Nations and early settlers. Birch bark canoes allowed First Nations to travel swiftly. Steamboats could travel over 500 miles along the Peace River from the chutes near Fort Vermillion to gates at Hudson’s Hope. This exhibit looks at over twelve boats, steam and gas powered, that used to navigate up and down the Peace River. Watch a slideshow of archival photographs, and listen to the sounds of steamboats. See what a dining table on the D. A. Thomas may have looked like. Try on a life jacket and see how it compares to one from over 100 years ago.

Events

• Kids’ Night: Christmas at the Museum — Friday, December 6, 2019 7 p.m. at the Museum

Celebrate Christmas at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum with the forest animals in Karma Wilson’s story Bear Stays Up for Christmas. Make Christmas crafts based on the story such as a bear ornament, paper stocking, and a friendship star quilt block collage. Find and match snowy animal footprints around the museum. Connect the dots and draw a Christmas scene from the book. Explore our museum exhibits, which are decorated for Christmas. Enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies and get in the spirit of the holidays. Registration is mandatory and limited. 

• When Days Are Long: Nurse in the North Book Launch & Presentation — Monday, December 16, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Museum

Join us for the inspiring story of Amy Wilson, a woman who dedicated herself to nursing remote Indigenous communities along the Alaska Highway from 1949-1951. She nursed at the Halfway during the diphtheria epidemic there 70 years ago (Dec. 15, 1949). Amy’s grand niece, Laurel Deedrick-Mayne, who has written an introduction to this new edition will share Amy’s story. 

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

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