Museum Happenings

By on September 2, 2018

Upcoming Events at the Museum

Museum Booth at Moose FM Block Party

Saturday, September 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Moose FM Block Party (100 St.)

So much about museums is hands-off (for conservation reasons) so we are pleased to present a bunch of artefacts from our educational collection that are hands on. Can you guess what these objects are and how they were used? Come visit our free booth at the block party to learn more.

Museum’s City Grant Presentation

Monday, September 17 at 3:40 at City Hall

Come and show your support for the Fort St. John North Peace Museum as we request $5,000 more than our usual base budget grant of $10,000 from our City Council. Of all the museums operating year-round in the BC Peace, we receive the least amount of funds from our municipality. Help us show City Council that local heritage preservation, displays, and educational programs/events are important to you by being part of our audience.

Documentary Night: Margaret “Ma” Murray Double Header

Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m. at the Museum

Want to learn more about Margaret “Ma” Murray (founder of the Alaska Highway News) as the new elementary school named for her opens this month? Ma was quite the character and not afraid to speak her mind! This documentary night will feature two short films – Diary of a Frontier Newspaper and a Take 30 documentary – on Margaret’s life running the Alaska Highway News and Bridge River – Lillooet News. Free Admission. Donations are appreciated. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.

Current Exhibits

Tools of the Frontier

We have a new temporary exhibit on display at the museum entitled Tools of the Frontier. It looks at a variety of tools and their uses for trappers and homesteaders as well as the changes in technology over time. Summer student Walker Brady assembled this exhibit.

Museum Gift Shop News

There are lots of new items in the museum gift shop. We have three unique Canadian cookie cutters in the shape of maple leaves, moose, and bears – a steal at only $2.99/each. Don’t want to make your own cookies? Check out our bags of moose droppings – delicious chocolate covered coconut macaroons. Haven’t satisfied your sweet tooth yet? We have an array of maple syrup as well as maple kisses (taffy), which make wonderful gifts when travelling or are great for enjoying at home.

Archives & Collections

Staff and volunteers have responded to 79 research requests so far this year. Our summer students have photographed our entire textile collection that is housed in storage and uploaded these images to our database. They’re also entered several albums and collections of photos into our database.

Memory Kit for Seniors

Our university summer student, Paulette Auger, has developed a free memory kit, which will travel to seniors’ homes in our community. This kit helps seniors (no matter where they are from) reminisce about a variety of historic items (both artefacts and photographs). Kit includes discussion questions and two artefact-based games to play. If you are interested in hosting this kit, please contact Heather Sjoblom at 250-787-0430 or fsjnpmuseum@fsjmail.com.