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Museum work from home has been an interesting challenge since we closed our doors on March 18 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve taken our mission online with a wide variety of offerings on the Fort St. John North Peace Museum Facebook page.
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Betty Miller and Ron Stewart playing a game of table top hockey in the first high school dormitory in 1960. Fort St. John North Peace Museum Archives/2020.016.029

Museum work from home has been an interesting challenge since we closed our doors on March 18 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve taken our mission online with a wide variety of offerings on the Fort St. John North Peace Museum Facebook page.

Our board and volunteers are trying out new technology so we can continue to meet and work behind the scenes. We had our first board meeting as well as our first acquisitions meeting by Zoom this month. It’s amazing what can still be accomplished when we are creative with social distancing.

ALL EVENTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We will work to reschedule these or re-envision the way we can carry out some of these events when we reopen down the road.

Education Initiatives on Social Media: Check out the Fort St. John North Peace Museum on Facebook! You can still access our page even if you aren’t a member of Facebook (just Google our Facebook page).

#museummomentofzen Mondays: Need a moment of Zen? Each Monday we will share artwork, handiwork, or photos from our collection and share how they make us feel. Museums around the world are using this hash tag. Check out what works of art they are posting.

Facebook Artefact of the Week Tuesdays: Learn about the stories behind a variety of artefacts and photographs in our collection. Share your memories of these items, people, places, events, etc. in the comments.

Wildlife Wednesdays: Each Wednesday, we share some cool facts about a wild animal that lives in the North Peace. We’ll also have a craft to do with that animal. Share your creations in the comments.

Trivia Thursdays: Take a stab at answering questions related to the history of the North Peace and artefacts in our collection. We post the answer the following Thursday. It’s a great way to learn some random facts about the North Peace!

Fort Fridays: We’re celebrating the Hudson’s Bay Company’s 350 years on May 2, 2020. Each Friday, join Heather and Bertie Beaver for a video on a topic related to the fur trade in the North Peace from beavers to voyageurs and everything in between (including our many fur trade forts along the Peace River). We post additional information, links, and more!

Archives & Collections

Heather has been busy cataloguing large donations of photographs that have come in this year. We’ve had some fantastic shots of people in the high school dormitories as well as some cool photographs of the Bedaux Expedition.

We are still answering research inquiries that come to us via Facebook or email such as requests for information or photographs.

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