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Fort St. John museum news

Busy behind the scenes with projects, and getting ready for Christmas
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Ogilvie’s milk cart rounding the corner at Mager's blacksmith shop in 1942, the present-day corner of 100 Street and 101 Avenue where a clothing store is today.

We’ve been busy behind the scenes with many projects, including our new website which is now live! Visit www.fsjmuseum.com to learn more about the exhibits, programs, and services we provide and how you can get involved through membership or volunteering. We will add more content over the coming year including a variety of historical information, educational activities, and some videos.

Fall is traditionally a quieter time of year for us but we have tons of volunteers working on several projects from our new strategic plan to identifying historic photographs and scanning newspapers.

New Exhibits

Aviation Exhibit

Our biggest project this last month has been to write, edit, and select photographs for the six signs that will make up our new permanent aviation exhibit - Soaring Over the North Peace. It’s been challenging to narrow down our rich aviation history from bush pilots to the airport community into only a few signs. Thanks to those who provided material and information. Look for it in December 2021/January 2022.

Allen House Restoration

Our contractor has begun sheeting the interior walls of the Allen House. We are installing plexiglass over a couple of portions of wall so you can see the different layers from the insulating magazine and newspaper pages to the different wall papers over the years. Thanks to the Peace River Regional District’s grant-in-aid for supporting this project. We will paint the walls next summer and begin working on exhibits and signs for the interior. 

Archives & Collections 

Our scanning volunteers have scanned and indexed the Alaska Highway News to the fall of 1978. It is a long process now that the newspaper is a daily. We’ve answered over 115 inquiries in our archives so far from requests for photographs for documentaries to queries for information on family members.

Christmas Take Home Kits

Starting Friday, December 10 as long as kits last

Thanks to a sponsorship from NorthRiver Midstream, we are offering a FREE take-home Christmas activity kit for families as we are unable to safely do our usual Christmas Kids’ Night at the Museum. This take home kit contains a Christmas story (poem) with local connections, a Great Christmas Candy Hunt (scavenger hunt) with prize, a Christmas board game, and a family craft. Kits are one per family and are best suited for families with children ages 2 and up. Masks are required as per public health guidelines to pick them up. We have 100 kits and will be handing out one kit per family group present.

Gift Shop

Check out our great selection of puzzles. We have glow in the dark puzzles, dinosaur puzzles with special dinosaur shaped pieces, fuzzy piece puzzles, and some challenging ones for adults as well! Christmas is less than 10 weeks away. Browse our selection of ornaments from buffalo check Canadian ornaments to miniature paddles or Fort St. John animals. We offer the best selection of non-fiction books on the Peace Region and have some new books on the way. 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.