There has been lots of activity around the museum yard this past month with a variety of projects being accomplished. Thanks to a grant from the Peace River Regional District, we were able to have Peace Glass replace the door and windows in the Allen House, Chinook Log Homes chink the Allen House, and Eternity Timbers re-shingle the roof on the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Both buildings look terrific and are once again secure against the elements.
Inside, we’ve had Sound in Town install a microphone and speaker for museum events and educational programs thanks to a generous donation from John Herron. Lastly, we’ve had a new LED light installed by Klassen Electric on the back of the museum to improve our lighting and security.
Please note that access to museum parking lot is now only via 100th Street due to construction on Centennial Park between the museum and the Pomeroy Sports Centre.
Upcoming Events at the Museum
Teen Night at the Museum: Halloween
Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m. at the Museum
All those ages 13-19 are welcome to join us for our first ever Teen Night. We will be sharing the history of Halloween. We’ll have lots of Halloween activities including mummifying a friend, a candy hunt, a Selfie station, art activities, and turnip carving. There’ll also be snacks and more. The event is free and there’s no need to pre-register, but you are welcome to call 250-787-0430 for more information.
Poetry Night at the Museum
Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at the Museum
Come on out to our first ever poetry reading at the Museum. We’ll be sharing poems from past local poets. Guests are welcome to share their own poems or those of contemporary local poets as well. Free admission. Donations welcome. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.
Not Just Housework: Women and Work in the North Peace, 1890-1960
Our special exhibit this fall, winter and spring looks at the various tasks women undertook in the North Peace from typical women’s jobs like nurse or teacher to less typical jobs such as trapper, interpreter, and politician. It also looks at a variety of handicrafts from mukluks to embroidered tablecloths made by local women. This is one of our largest exhibits with twenty-two interpretive signs spread out around the museum. These purple signs are integrated into many of our permanent exhibits, showing that women in this area were involved in all different kinds of work inside and outside this home. Marjo Wheat and Heather Sjoblom curated this exhibit.
Tools of the Frontier
Tools of the Frontier 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
Looking for a great gift to give a guest speaker or a colleague who is leaving the North Peace? Need a good book to take on an exchange or trip that overcomes language barriers? Try Best of the Peace – Diane Watson’s latest book of photographs of the Peace region. This beautiful soft cover book travels easily in a suitcase and is available exclusively at the museum gift shop!
Archives & Collections
Staff and volunteers have responded to about 90 requests so far this year. Volunteers continue to improve our knowledge of our photographs by identifying people, places, and dates. If you’re interested in getting involved with this process, contact Heather Sjoblom at 250-787-0430.
Dr. Kearney Solar Print Fundraiser
You can purchase a unique piece of art from our Dr. Kearney solar print exhibit! Dr. Kearney’s niece, Margaret Rodgers, developed these prints, which chronicled Kearney’s life. She has given us the opportunity to raise funds by selling off these one of a kind prints for donations of $100 or more to interested community members. The proceeds from this exhibit will help the museum create new exhibits, renovate old exhibits, provide educational programs and events, and improve our preservation of and access to artefacts, photographs, and archival documents.
Interested supporters are welcome to select their favourite print on a first come, first served basis between now and October 31, 2018 during the museum’s hours of operation (Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). These prints are great for businesses, schools, boardrooms, homes, and more!