Museum

The Elk Valley Thrift Shop donated $20,000 for the Sparwood Museum’s planned Jurassic Exhibit on June 15, 2022. (Courtesy of Kim Pryhitko)

Sparwood Museum’s planned Jurassic Exhibit receives $20,000 donation

The donation was made in June by the Elk Valley Thrift Shop

 

People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Province cancels controversial $789M Royal BC Museum rebuild

Premier says public engagement will now determine the future of the ‘seismically unsafe’ building

 

An example of a black-figure panel amphora from the last quarter 6th century B.C. seen in the Dallas Museum of Art. (Wikimedia Commons)

Police say man smashes ancient museum artifacts worth millions in Dallas

A 6th century B.C. Greek amphora and a Greek pot dating to 450 B.C. were among the items destroyed

 

Fernie Museum archivist Lindsay Vallance holds up a trove of primary documents related to early ski hill development and activity around Fernie that was delivered to the museum in early March, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘A treasure trove’: new primary documents at the Fernie Museum help fill archive gap

The documents show activity regarding the Snow Valley Ski Hill and the earlier Fernie Ski Club

Fernie Museum archivist Lindsay Vallance holds up a trove of primary documents related to early ski hill development and activity around Fernie that was delivered to the museum in early March, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal B.C. Museum gets $789-million overhaul

Museum to close in September for rebuild, expected opening in 2030

The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jim Takenake was at a meet and greet with Fernie and District Historical Society staff on April 21, 2022, as he was beginning his new role as executive director of the society. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

The Fernie and District Historical Society has a new executive director, Jim Takenaka

Takenaka wants to bring people back to the museum so it can ‘once again be very busy, very colourful’

Jim Takenake was at a meet and greet with Fernie and District Historical Society staff on April 21, 2022, as he was beginning his new role as executive director of the society. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Fernie Museum. Stock photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Hazardous materials mostly removed from Fernie Museum building following remedial construction

The building, constructed on 1909, will be undergoing further renovation over coming months

The Fernie Museum. Stock photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Lindsay Vallance, collections services coordinator with the Fernie Museum, holds a book with copies of The Fernie Free Press going back to March 4, 1899. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

The news of yesteryear preserved online: FDHS digitizes The Free Press

Copies of the paper from 1899 to 1947 are available to read online

Lindsay Vallance, collections services coordinator with the Fernie Museum, holds a book with copies of The Fernie Free Press going back to March 4, 1899. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Britanny Vis, executive director of the Maritime Museum of BC, is seeking input from queer, trans and two-spirit individuals willing to share their marine stories for use in the upcoming Queer at Sea exhibit. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria museum puts call out for maritime stories from B.C.’s LGBTQ2S+ community

Queer at Sea exhibit launches at the Maritime Museum in May

Britanny Vis, executive director of the Maritime Museum of BC, is seeking input from queer, trans and two-spirit individuals willing to share their marine stories for use in the upcoming Queer at Sea exhibit. (Black Press Media file photo)
Originally set to be unveiled in 2020, a monument honouring the only B.C. pilot and the last Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross will be unveiled Sunday (Aug. 8) in North Saanich. (Courtesy BC Aviation Museum)

Aviation museum unveils monument to Second World War Kootenay flying legend

In 1989 the Japanese dedicated a memorial that overlooked the bay where ‘Hammy’ Gray’s remains lie

Originally set to be unveiled in 2020, a monument honouring the only B.C. pilot and the last Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross will be unveiled Sunday (Aug. 8) in North Saanich. (Courtesy BC Aviation Museum)
Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

VIDEO: B.C. man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Tammy Bradford, manager of the Creston Museum, poses with Derry the Ford Model T outside of the Farmers’ Market on July 10. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Tammy Bradford, manager of the Creston Museum, poses with Derry the Ford Model T outside of the Farmers’ Market on July 10. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Creston Museum celebrates Ford Model T’s 100th birthday

Originally manufactured in the United States in July 1921, Derry has travelled many miles during his lifetime

Tammy Bradford, manager of the Creston Museum, poses with Derry the Ford Model T outside of the Farmers’ Market on July 10. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Tammy Bradford, manager of the Creston Museum, poses with Derry the Ford Model T outside of the Farmers’ Market on July 10. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Michel-Natal-Sparwood Heritage Society runs a museum that was established to display the heritage of the "no-longer towns" of Michel and Natal, and the Elk Valley Area. Photo Submitted/Monica Beranek, Artifact Curator

Sparwood Museum requests a leg up to stay open full-time

The museum is volunteer-run, but needs a full-time employee to be able to snag much-needed grants

Michel-Natal-Sparwood Heritage Society runs a museum that was established to display the heritage of the "no-longer towns" of Michel and Natal, and the Elk Valley Area. Photo Submitted/Monica Beranek, Artifact Curator
Restoration on the Hosmer Mine Site began summer 2020. (Photo Contributed)

Historic Hosmer Mine Site set to undergo revitalization

Plans are underway for making the culture-rich area more accessible for the public

Restoration on the Hosmer Mine Site began summer 2020. (Photo Contributed)
The Fabrics of History exhibit by the Fernie Spinners and Weavers Guild has been extended to Jan. 24. (Photo Contributed)

Reel Canadian Film Festival hits home theatres

The Fernie Chautauqua Program Series continues with exciting 2021 programming

The Fabrics of History exhibit by the Fernie Spinners and Weavers Guild has been extended to Jan. 24. (Photo Contributed)
The FDHS hosted their AGM on Aug. 27. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

FDHS holds onto hope for a prosperous future

With a new board of directors, the society discussed their upcoming goals at the AGM on Aug. 27

The FDHS hosted their AGM on Aug. 27. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
The Fernie Museum is once again open to the public. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Fernie and District Historical Society prepares for annual general meeting

Discussions will surround the society’s new goals and direction

The Fernie Museum is once again open to the public. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Joshua and Weyla Roy display some of the many letters they have from serial killers like Robert Pickton and Dennis Rader, the BTK killer. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Joshua and Weyla Roy display some of the many letters they have from serial killers like Robert Pickton and Dennis Rader, the BTK killer. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum, pours tea for Queen Victoria in his Saanich home. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Royals, Elvis, Captain Cook: Hundreds of wax figures find new life in B.C. man’s home

Former director of Victoria’s Royal London Wax Museum still hopes to revive wax figure tourism

Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum, pours tea for Queen Victoria in his Saanich home. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)