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Museum News — January 2020

It’s a whole new decade and we’re gearing up at the museum for an exciting 2020. We could use your help to make this year a success.
Laurel Deedrick-Mayne
Laurel Deedrick-Mayne with the notes, photographs, and letters her great aunt Amy Wilson kept during her time as an indigenous nurse in northern B.C. and the Yukon in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

It’s a whole new decade and we’re gearing up at the museum for an exciting 2020. We could use your help to make this year a success. We are looking for volunteers to help in our gift shop, work with our archives/collection, lead school tours, and assist with events and fundraisers.

Volunteering at the museum is a great way to get involved in your community, learn more about the history of the North Peace, and make new friends. Don’t have time to volunteer? Tell a friend or neighbour about our events, exhibits, or amazing gift shop.

Archives & Collections

We are in need of more volunteers in our archives and collection. Archival and Collections volunteers can choose their own hours and how often they come in. They work on projects such as inputting data about our artefacts into our database, uploading photographs to the database, scanning photographs, helping to organize collections storage, and doing research. We can work with your interests! We are also looking for someone with sewing skills to help sew labels on artefacts as needed. Talk to Heather to find out more: 250-787-0430 or fsjnpmuseum@fsjmail.com.

Exhibits

• Skates, Skis, & Skips: Winter Sports in the North Peace; February 12 – March 31, 2020 - To celebrate winter sports in the spirit of the BC Winter Games, the museum has assembled a special exhibit looking at the history of winter sports in the North Peace. From curling to speed skating with unique sports like dogsled racing thrown in, this exhibit looks at our rich sporting history through photographs, artefacts, and stories. Did you know that Fort St. John’s outdoor speed skating oval was once lit with the light of parked cars so a competition could finish in the dark? Come see a 1925 dogsled that competed in races from Fort St. John to Hudson’s Hope, a vintage Big Bam Ski Patrol jacket, and a figure skating program from Canada’s Centennial.

• Dashing through the Snow: Sleighs of the North Peace - This exhibit looks at dogsleds, cutters, cabooses, and other sleighs used in this area until about 1950. It features historic photographs, sleigh bells, and a sleigh blanket as well as the memories many people had of sleighs in this area. It is on display at the North Peace Regional Airport until April 2020.

• Starched Whites & Winter Woolens: Nursing Uniforms of the North Peace; Now until May 2019 at the Fort St. John Hospital - Nurses in the North Peace have had many different uniforms over the years from starched white cotton dresses (and warm winter coats) to today’s scrubs. Travel back through nine decades of nursing through stories, photographs, and parts of uniforms. This exhibit is now on display in the Fort St. John Hospital lobby for the next six months thanks to our partnership with the Fort St. John Hospital Arts Committee.

Events

• North Peace Historical Society Annual General Meeting & Dinner; Wednesday, February 26 at 6 p.m. at the Museum - The North Peace Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place at the museum. We’ll be eating a turkey dinner followed by dessert. After dinner, we’ll have a short meeting to look back at what we accomplished this last year. Our guest speaker this year is Nigel Hannaford who will be telling stories about the Alaska Highway News drawing on his work as editor there in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 

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