Museum News — September 2019

Summer is over, and we’re preparing for the fall here at the museum. We’ve ordered in new sweaters, Fort St. John magnets, stickers, and key chains! We also have some new Christmas ornaments for sale. We’ve introduced annual family memberships to the museum. Call the museum for more information!

Please note that access to museum parking lot is now only via the Pomeroy Sport Centre due to construction.

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Archives & Collections

Did you know that the museum collects yearbooks? If you are interested in donating your yearbooks to the museum, please call or email us to see which yearbooks we need. If you don’t want to part with yours but still wish to help us improve our museum records, you can drop the yearbook off and we will digitize it and return the original to you.

School Programs

Our fur trade program has by far been our most popular program this year. We’ve had classes from as far away as Pouce Coupe come to learn more about the exchange processes of the fur trade, see archaeological items from the Peace River forts, and try a bartering activity.

Exhibits 

• Charlie Lake Cave
Now until December at the Fort St. John Regional Airport

Designed and installed by our summer students, this exhibit looks at the history surrounding Tse’K’wa (Charlie Lake Cave), the archaeological digs conducted there, what has been found, and future plans for the site.

• Providence Hospital & The Construction of the Alaska Highway
Now until November 2019 at the Fort St. John Hospital

This exhibit looks at the role that Providence Hospital had in the building of the Alaska Highway. Dr. Kearney and nurses treated sick soldiers who had arrived in Fort St. John to begin building the Alaska Highway. The sudden influx of soldiers strained the hospital’s resources, and hallways were turned into patient rooms. Even the X-ray table was used as a bed!

• 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.

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

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