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New indigenous cultural exhibit opens May 5
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Archaeologists working at the Fort d'Épinette/St. Johns archaeological dig site.

Spring is here and we’re gearing up to clean out our historic buildings and get them ready for our summer season. Once we have cleaned these buildings in early May and temperatures are regularly above zero overnight, we’ll open them up and visitors can explore them along with our indoor exhibits (likely in mid-May).

We’re big fans of life-long learning at the museum so we have lots of new activities and books for both children and adults in our gift shop to continue your explorations beyond your museum visit.

We’re also thrilled to be hosting a temporary exhibit through May featuring replicas of artefacts recovered during the construction of the Site C dam. Also this month, we’re participating in Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown. Stop by the museum to see what’s new and get your free souvenir coin!

New Exhibits

• Indigenous Cultural Exhibit
May 5 – early June at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
This self-guided and interactive exhibit documents the history of the Peace River Valley through replicas of archaeological artefacts and stories from Indigenous communities. It also commemorates sites that will be lost to inundation from the future Site C reservoir. Members of Indigenous communities tell stories of their ancestors’ use of the land, spiritual places, current cultural activities, and of their resourcefulness and resilience. This exhibit showcases archaeological evidence unearthed during the Site C construction such as replica arrowheads and a half-scale replica of an ancient bison skeleton. BC Hydro and local Indigenous communities partnered to showcase the artefacts and stories that make up this exhibit.

• Pioneer Kitchen Exhibit Revamp
Fort St. John North Peace Museum
We’ve been working hard to change out many of the artefacts we have on display in our permanent exhibits. Volunteer Chris Gillet has been instrumental in placing new artefacts in our pioneer kitchen (c. 1920-1940) and giving many of the artefacts that have been on display for years a break from light in our collections storage room. Come see these changes for yourself!

Archives & Collections

Our newspaper scanning volunteers have scanned and indexed 23 years of the Alaska Highway News so far! This summer, we’re increasing our behind the scenes initiatives with the help of three students. Two will be working on scanning and indexing documents for the Sue Popesku Memorial Archives (based primarily on Sue’s rich collection of papers relating to arts, culture, and heritage groups). The third student will be cataloguing photographs in our collection, developing a small exhibit for our display case at the airport, and scanning the Alaska Highway News.

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 fsjnpmuseum@fsjmail.com.


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