Museum News — October 2019

This will be my final month as manager/curator at the museum, with Heather returning in November. I’ve enjoyed my time in the Peace country and hope to return some day!

Please note that access to museum parking lot is now only via the Pomeroy Sports Centre or the arena due to the construction along 100th Street.

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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.

Events

• Adopt an Archival Photograph Fundraiser
On now until the end of November
Support the Fort St. John North Peace Museum by Adopting an Archival Photograph! Birthday? Anniversary? This is the perfect gift for friends and family, and your donation will help to fund our ongoing preservation projects. Adopt from a great selection of 24 archival photographs from the Museum's collection. For each donation level, you will be acknowledged with a variety of rewards, including a print copy of your chosen photograph. The original photograph that you choose will remain at the Museum for continued preservation, while you can proudly proclaim that you are supporting Fort St. John's museum! This fundraiser runs from now until the end of November. Visit https://fsjnpmadoptaphoto.weebly.com for details and to view the photographs!

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.

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. For those interested, we are also offering the Marine Reptiles program from our January Kids’ Night. 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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