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Museum grounds get a makeover

Our museum yard is all spruced up thanks to Urban Systems Foundation. They’ve done a fantastic job of redoing the garden around our oil derrick. They retained some of our healthy old trees and plants, got rid of our old paving stones and weeds, built up our garden, put white lattice around the bottom of the derrick, and added a variety of new plants. It looks beautiful and much more welcoming.

Meanwhile our volunteers have been hard at work giving our tractor and plough a paint job, caring for our flowers, repairing the June 30 storm damage to the roof on the Paddy Carroll Peck Cabin, and mowing our lawns. Come and have a look! 

Events

• Museum Yard Sale - Saturday, August 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Find new treasures for your home and family at the museum’s gigantic yard sale. Final hour (1-2) will be fill a bag or small box for $5. We are looking for donations of books, household items, toys, sports equipment, movies, games, crafts, etc. We are NOT accepting clothing or large electronics and appliances. We cannot accept car seats or booster seats. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.

• Museum’s “What Is It?” Table at Block Party - Saturday, September 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The kids are back at school so come down and try your hand at guessing our school related artefacts at the block party! Win a souvenir coin if you manage to guess more than half of them correctly. Learn fun facts about these artefacts after you’ve made your guesses.  

• Take-home Dino Kits - Available starting September 17 at the Museum as long as supplies last.

Stomp! Stomp! Discover more about dinosaur footprints in the Peace Region through this free take home kit. Stomp dinosaurs through play dough to make your own trackways. Try making your own dinosaur skin imprints. Match dinosaurs and footprints using a homemade projector craft. Learn more about dinosaurs in this area through our fun factsheet. 300 kits are available (one per child). Sponsored by CNRL. 

New Exhibits

• Women in the North - August 6 through January 2021 at the North Peace Regional Airport

Want to learn more about women in the North Peace? Check out this free exhibit at the airport by summer student Paulette Auger. Learn about the contributions of the B.C. Women’s Institute along with four notable women – Christine Auger, Vi Woodward, Monica Storrs, and Amy Smith. They overcame hardships, served the community through a variety of careers, and founded or participated in a variety of organizations from Women’s Institutes to the Fort St. John Friendship Centre.

Archives & Collections  

Thanks to volunteers and Paulette, our summer student, we’re now scanning the late 1970s issues of the Alaska Highway News with several more years prepared to go. Our progress has been so successful, that we’ve had to re-order another ten years of boxes to re-house the papers once they’ve been cut apart to scan. We’ve responded to over eighty inquiries so far this year from family history requests to newspaper or photo requests. Our summer students, Catherine and Abby, have been sorting through a fourth carload of documents that were collected by Sue Popeksu over the years. These items document the history of many non-profit societies (particularly arts groups) in the Peace-Liard region. 


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