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Fort St. John museum news: Christmas tea and kids night this week

We’re gearing up for the Christmas season at the Museum. It feels great to be able to put on our regular Christmas Tea and Christmas Kids’ Night once again.
This photograph shows Fort St. John on July 10, 1942. It shows what is now 100th Street looking south (Central Department Store on right).

We’re gearing up for the Christmas season at the Museum. It feels great to be able to put on our regular Christmas Tea and Christmas Kids’ Night once again. Decorations are going up around the museum and it’s starting to feel festive here.

Are you looking for a present for that tricky to buy for person? Why not think about putting your family member’s name in our wooden book? For a $25 donation to the museum, you can request to have the name of someone local you wish to honour (an elder, pioneer, veteran, local family, etc.) printed in the museum’s wooden book! This book is on display year-round in the museum. Need a cheaper option? Our Alaska Highway calendars (from 2017 – but good for 2023 dates) are on sale for only $2. They contain beautiful historic photographs of the highway as well as lots of information.


• Christmas at the Museum
Starting Thursday, December 1 at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
Our exhibits are decked out for the Christmas holidays. From candles on Christmas trees to garlands galore, a tour of our decorated exhibits is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Regular admission fees apply. Kids five and under are always free!


• Old-Fashioned Christmas Tea
Wednesday, December 7th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
After a two-year hiatus, our Christmas Tea is back! Enjoy tea and coffee (in fancy cups) and home-baked goods at the museum. Catch up with friends and delight in the magic of our exhibits decorated for the holidays. Tickets are $10 at the door. We’ll also have our usual array of door prizes thanks to Home Hardware and some generous individuals. North Peace Historical Society members get 10% off in the gift shop all day (apart from local items on consignment).

• Christmas Kids’ Night at the Museum
Friday, December 9th 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum
Join us for a classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas-themed Kids’ Night at the museum on Friday, December 9. From scavenger hunts and crafts to science-themed activities, this night is sure to be a blast. Enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies and get in the spirit of the holidays. REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY AND LIMITED. Event tickets are $5/child or $10/family and must be purchased in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult (free). Tickets are available at the museum starting November 28.

Bottles & Bread for History

Do you have some empty bottles, juice boxes, or cans? Place them in a clear or clear blue recycling bag and bring it to the Fort St. John Return-It Express depot. Enter in 250-787-0430 at the Express Kiosk (to right of counter). Please do not include anything else in your bag (including cardboard). Glass bottles can be submitted separately in cardboard boxes (which can be labelled just like bags). Attach the label to your bag and put it in a designated bin to right of kiosk. Don’t want to bring it the depot? Drop your empties off at the museum and we’ll bring them in for you (advance notice appreciated).

When purchasing bread and goodies at COBS Bread Fort St. John, mention the FSJ North Peace Museum and they will donate 5% of your purchase to us.

Museum Gift Shop

We have a great assortment of new t-shirts (including v-necks for women) as well as two styles of new hoodies. These make great Christmas gifts. Our Christmas cards are the cheapest in town – only 25 cents each! (Donations of old unused Christmas cards are welcome). From the best selection of local history books in town to locally made scarves, honey, and woodworking, there’s something here for everyone on your list.

Collections & Archives

At last, we have broken our record for archival inquiries set in 2016! We’re at 147 inquiries and counting with a month to go. Did you know we provide 30 minutes of research for free for everyone? We can search the Alaska Highway News or our photograph collection for you or help you with a family history inquiry. You can reach us at or call us at 250-787-0430.

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

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