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Our Christmas elves have been busy decorating the museum for the holiday season. Thanks to all our volunteers who donate their time to make our exhibits and gift shop festive.
Sleigh-UpperCache-FSJMuseum
Pictured in this photograph taken December 1959 are Hope Symons and Melody Johnson (age almost 2) in an open sleigh at Upper Cache Creek. With few good roads and no government snowplow, sleighs continued to be practical in rural areas in the mid-1900s. (Fort St. John North Peace Museum Archives/2014.104.007)

Our Christmas elves have been busy decorating the museum for the holiday season. Thanks to all our volunteers who donate their time to make our exhibits and gift shop festive. We have lots of great Christmas activities and special deals this season from scavenger hunts and Christmas kits to savings in our gift shop.

Events

• Christmas Scavenger Hunt
December 1 – 24, 2021
Try our photo-based Christmas scavenger hunt on your own or as a family. Search for historic decorations and match them to the exhibits you find them in. Christmas Scavenger hunts are included in the price of admission (or are free for North Peace Historical Society members).

• Family Christmas Kits
Starting Friday, December 10, 2021 as long as kits last
Pick up your FREE take-home Christmas activity kit for families.  It contains a Christmas story with local connections (about children discovering their Christmas goodies early) as well as a Great Christmas Candy Hunt  (scavenger hunt) with prize, a Christmas board game, and a family Christmas tree craft. Kits are one per family and are best suited for families with children ages 2 and up.  Masks are required as per public health guidelines to pick them up. We have 100 kits and will be handing out one kit per family group present. Thanks to NorthRiver Midstream for sponsoring these kits.

Archives & Collections 

We’re happy to welcome Magellan, a Young Canada Works-Building Careers in Heritage intern, to our museum over the next four months. He’ll be scanning newspapers, cataloguing images and incoming items, and working on an Indigenous place names exhibit for our display case at the airport. We’ve answered over 125 inquiries in our archives so far this year from individuals, businesses, organizations, municipal government, and regional government.

Cleaning Up?

Do you have metal to recycle? Remember when you recycle metal at ABC Recycling, you can select the FSJ North Peace Museum as the charity to donate your ticket to! De-clutter your home and yard and help preserve local history at the same time!

Gift Shop

Looking for a new local book to give this holiday season? Try Dad Wore a Fedora and Sleeve Garters – A Life Well Lived. This book explores the life and times of Andy Pustanyk, who grew up and lived out his life in the Alberta and British Columbia areas of the Peace River country in the early- to mid-1900s.

Need a great armchair adventure this winter? Look no further. In Flying to Extremes, pilot Dominique Prinet recalls his time flying around Yellowknife and the NWT in the late 1960s and early 1970s. 

We have a great selection of local Christmas cards, local Christmas carvings, stocking stuffers, ornaments and more! Purchases from the museum gift shop help us to preserve and present the history of the North Peace.


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