“Continues fine. Snow all gone around the place,” wrote Hudson’s Bay Company Clerk Frank Beatton in his Fort St. John journal roughly 100 years ago on April 7, 1921. We can only wish the same comes true for us in the next few weeks! There is much unknown in this year from when the snow will finally go to what our tourism season will be like.
Like everyone over a year into this pandemic, we are really missing things like our educational programs, guided tours, and evening events. We’re gearing up to try some different things this year from new educational activities and books in our gift shop to new outreach initiatives. We have ideas for some great events when we can gather in the future and plans for sharing our collection through our Facebook page and new website this spring.
We’re also starting to think about our 2022-2024 strategic plan. If you have ideas of what the museum could do to better serve our community, reach out and let us know.
• Snapshots in Time: The Murrays & The Alaska Highway News
Now until August 2021 at the North Peace Regional Airport
In 1944, Margaret and George Murray started Fort St. John’s first (and only continuing newspaper) - the Alaska Highway News. This free exhibit looks at the first thirty years of the AHN and our project to digitize the newspaper. It features stories, photographs, quotes, and artefacts that chronicle how the Murray family produced and marketed the newspaper from 1944-1974.
• A Rough Journey: Railways and the North Peace Exhibit
New Permanent Exhibit at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
Despite the end of rail not reaching Fort St. John until 1958, a variety of railways played a vital role in transporting people and goods throughout the history of the North Peace. Learn what a railway journey was like for early travellers. Discover maps, timetables, and historic railway photographs. Explore our collection of railway signs, souvenirs, and equipment.
• North Peace Historical Society AGM
Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
Mark your calendars for the last Wednesday in April! The NPHS will be hosting our AGM by Zoom this year. We are unable to host our large dinner and gathering due to the pandemic. Registration information will be provided to those on our monthly email list in mid-April. If you are not on this list and would like to attend, please email Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoom is a free video conferencing service (link to be included in registration email). If you haven’t used it before, please download it before the AGM. There will also be an option to call in by phone and listen to the AGM. If you have any questions about this software in advance, please contact the museum.
Archives & Collections
Our archives volunteers have been hard at work. In March, over 60 hours went into scanning, cataloguing, and identifying photographs and negatives. Another 70 hours went into scanning and indexing the Alaska Highway News. Nearly 13 years have been scanned now. We’ve received 43 inquiries so far this year. If you want to get involved in one of our archives projects, please contact the museum at email@example.com or 250-787-0430. After a bit of training, you set your own hours.
Share Your Covid-19 Experience
The Fort St. John North Peace Museum is looking for your stories and photographs of living in a pandemic world. What was getting your Covid-19 vaccine like? Items, stories, journals, photographs, etc. that connect to the Covid-19 pandemic can be dropped off at the museum or submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heather Sjoblom is manager and curator of the Fort St. John North Peace Museum.