We are settling in for a quieter fall here at the museum after a fairly busy summer. This means much more behind the scenes work can be accomplished from cataloguing newly donated items from this summer to working on new exhibits such as our school display. Our historic buildings will be open until we start to get frost and then they’ll be closed for the winter, but the main part of the museum is open year-round.
Archives & Collections
Staff and volunteers have responded to 79 research requests so far this year. Our summer students have photographed our entire textile collection that is housed in storage and uploaded these images to our database. They’re also entered several albums and collections of photos into our database.
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. If you are interested in hosting this kit, please contact Heather Sjoblom at 250-787-0430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Museum’s City Grant Presentation
Monday, September 17 at 3:40 at City Hall
Come and show your support for the Fort St. John North Peace Museum as we request $5,000 more than our usual base budget grant of $10,000 from our city council. Of all the museums operating year-round in the BC Peace, we receive the least amount of funds from our municipality. Help us show city council that local heritage preservation, displays, and educational programs/events are important to you by being part of our audience.
• Documentary Night: Margaret “Ma” Murray Double Header
Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m. at the Museum
Want to learn more about Margaret “Ma” Murray (founder of the Alaska Highway News) as the new elementary school named for her opens this month? Ma was quite the character and not afraid to speak her mind! This documentary night will feature two short films – Diary of a Frontier Newspaper and a Take 30 documentary – on Margaret’s life running the Alaska Highway News and Bridge River – Lillooet News. Free Admission. Donations are appreciated.
• 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.
Heather Sjoblom is manager and curator of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum.