Taking the helm of history

After a break from meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hudson’s Hope Historical Society members sat down for their annual general meeting on Aug. 20. Past presidents Ross Peck and Beth Summer are moving on from the society, and will not be rejoining in any majority capacity. They will be missed, and the society is grateful for their dedication and work over the years.

That’s where I come in — I’ll be taking the role of President this year, and hope to feature the society a little more often in the Alaska Highway News.

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Long-time Hudson’s Hope resident and society member Bill Lindsay has stepped up as Vice President again. Linda Luchinski remains our Treasurer. Dave Kyllo, June and Ed Sykes, Ida and Gerry Sarauer, and Jamie Eastman returned to stand as directors.

Our museum manager Elinor Morrissey is just getting back from mat leave, with assistant manager Christian Eschenburg having held the fort over the summer.

A big thanks to our summer students Joey Poirier and Josh Deitner for all their hard work this summer managing the archives, running the gift shop, and greeting visitors They celebrated with a farewell lunch.

Though we were closed in April and May, more than 2,600 visitors stopped in to the museum so far this year. Sadly, BC Heritage Fairs had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. On a similar note, we are not doing any fundraising this year.

During the closure, Christian redid the floors with sanding and a fresh coat of wax, which hasn’t been done in nearly 15 years. Thanks Christian.

We’re also coming up on the end of our three-year grant agreement with the District of Hudson’s Hope and will be seeking to renew that partnership. Kelly Miller remains our council representative.

No major expansions or events are planned this year, but we continue to take collections. Our mandate remains to tell the story of Hudson’s Hope with our items. They have to be culturally relevant to the area and residents.

The next Historical Society meeting will be held Oct. 22. If you are interested in any further information, please call the museum at (250) 783-5735 or send us an email at hhmuseum@pris.ca

Tom Summer is president of the Hudson’s Hope Historical Society 

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