September was a busy month education-wise for us. We had 106 people guessing back to school artefacts at the block party on September 11. Thanks to Canadian Natural’s sponsorship, we were able to hand out 300 dinosaur kits to kids ages 2+ to try out with their families. We got lots of great feedback on the activities in the kits and hope to do some more kits in the future.
September has also been crazy with grant writing, the development of our aviation exhibit, and many archival inquiries. October is looking a bit quieter so we’ll be able to catch up on cataloguing artefacts and a variety of behind the scenes projects. Our website launch has been pushed into October due to unforeseen circumstances, but we hope to get it going as soon as possible.
• Women of the North Exhibit (Now at the North Peace Regional Airport): Summer student Paulette Auger introduces four noteworthy women in the North Peace in this free exhibit at the North Peace Regional Airport. Learn about the contributions of the B.C. Women’s Institute, Christine Auger, Violet 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.
• Aviation Exhibit: We’ve been busy selecting artefacts and photographs for our upcoming aviation exhibit (title pending). We’re finishing off the exhibit text and our signs will be graphically designed in mid-October. We hope to install this exhibit in December.
Archives & Collections
We’ve responded to over 100 inquires in our archives so far this year and are on track to have one of our best years ever. Our volunteers are busy cataloguing photographs, organizing clippings and articles in vertical files, and researching. Thanks to Tamara Secrist who has so far unbound and cut over a decade of the Alaska Highway News to prepare it for scanning. We’ve purchased acid-free newspaper boxes to house all these newspapers donated by the AHN. If you’re interested in helping in the archives or scanning the Alaska Highway News, email email@example.com or pop by the museum.
Museum Gift Shop
Hot off the press! L. Norman Shurtliff’s book, The Kiskatinaw Bridge, is a work of historical fiction set during the construction of the Alaska Highway as well as in present-day Rolla. Pick up a copy today and check out our selection of new magnets and Christmas ornaments. 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.