FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – We have many projects on the go behind the scenes at the museum to start this year. We’re reorganizing collections storage to make room for all the newspapers we are scanning.

Our newest permanent exhibit on aviation – Soaring Over the North Peace – is installed. It traces the history of airplanes, helicopters, and our airports and landing strips from 1935 to the present.

We’re working on a free Family Day weekend take home aviation kit (pending sponsorship from the BC Government/BCMA) to go along with this exhibit. It will contain three hands-on aviation activities (along with scientific explanations of how they work) and a fun fact sheet about aviation in the North Peace.

These kits are one per child (ages 2+) and need parental assistance. They’ll be available February 18th and 19th as long as supplies last (grant pending for 100 kits).

We’re scanning a large collection of photographs showing the construction of the Alaska Highway, which includes some great photos of Camp Alcan (army camp west of here).

Our volunteers are hard at work scanning newspapers, cataloguing negatives, doing maintenance, and helping in the gift shop. They set a record 4382.25 hours in 2021! Contact the museum if you’d like to join our amazing team of volunteers.

Written by Heather Sjoblom