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Looking for something to do over the Christmas break? We have some great Christmas activities for families
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Curator Heather Sjoblom with heritage intern Magellan Dufour in the C.M. Finch store display at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum. The Museum made 100 Christmas craft kits for families to enjoy this season thanks to the sponsorship of NorthRiver Midstream. Pick yours up today!

We are busy preparing for the New Year at the museum with new forms, ledgers, and check lists. The last couple of years have been challenging for our non-profit organization with the pandemic and property taxes, but we’ve made huge strides in many significant heritage projects such as scanning newspapers, scanning and cataloguing negatives and photographs, and restoring the Allen House. 

We’ve assembled a new three-year strategic plan (starting in January), which sees us make our exhibits more inclusive, finish the Allen House, work hard on digitizing our newspapers and Schubert negatives, and reach the community through new educational initiatives. If you’d like to get involved, please contact Heather at the museum (250-787-0430 or fsjnpmuseum@fsjmail.com.

Looking for something to do over the Christmas break? We have some great Christmas activities for families including free take home kits and a free Christmas scavenger hunt (included in price of admission) around the museum. We are open December 20-24 and December 28-31 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). We will be closed December 25 through 27.

Events

• Family Christmas Kits (Available in December as long as kits last): We still have lots of FREE take-home Christmas activity kits for families. Each kit contains a Christmas story, a Christmas scavenger hunt with prize, a Christmas board game, and a family Christmas tree craft. Kits are one per family and are best suited for families with children aged two and up.  Masks are required as per public health guidelines to pick them up. Thanks to NorthRiver Midstream for sponsoring these kits.

• Christmas Scavenger Hunt (December 1 – 24, 2021): Try our photo-based Christmas scavenger hunt on your own or as a family. Search for historic decorations and match them to the exhibits you find them in. Christmas Scavenger hunts are included in the price of admission (or are free for North Peace Historical Society members).

Archives

We’ve received 140 inquiries in our archives to date this year. We do 30 minutes of research for free for everyone and can help you find photographs, genealogical information, or respond to a question about local history. Our scanners have almost finished scanning the Alaska Highway News from 1979.

Collections Management

We’re catching up on cataloguing the last of our donated items from 2021. We’ve received a great assortment of items this year from blinder glasses for turkeys to the old Frozen John mascot from the city. If you have an item to donate that relates to the history of the North Peace region, you can drop it off at the museum and we’ll fill out a temporary deposit receipt that says we’ll care for it the way we do our collection while our acquisitions committee makes a decision on it. Our acquisition committee then looks at its history of use, condition, and other factors (such as whether we have similar items in the collection already) before making a decision on it.


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