FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As the days get longer, we are gearing up for a busier spring and summer than the previous two years.

We’ve made several minor changes to exhibits in the museum including a small interpretive sign to go with our new lynx display, an updated sign in our movie theatre display, and new artifacts in our railway exhibit.

We’re putting the final touches on an exhibit about surgery for our display case at the hospital. Look for it in mid-April.

Behind the scenes, we’ve been busy ordering new items for our gift shop.

We have some great new books on natural history for adults (field guides on mushrooms and bats) as well as for kids (dinosaurs, birds, and how wasps build a nest).

Our photograph identification crew has been hard at work the past two weeks identifying a new batch of negatives taken by local photographer Rudy Schubert in the 1950s and 1960s.

Meanwhile, our scanning team is on to scanning the 1982 Alaska Highway News. Inquiries have been pouring into the archives. We’ve responded to 43 so far this year.

We’re looking for volunteers to help us out with guided tours or scanning the newspapers. We provide training and you work shifts that fit into your schedule. As a one-staff museum, we rely heavily on wonderful crew of volunteers! If you’re interested in volunteering in any area, please contact Heather at 250-787-0430 or fsjnpmuseum@fsjmail.com.