Tomorrow will be the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Fort St. John/North Peace Museum. Curator/Manager Heather Sjoblom confirmed in a previous interview the expansion was made possible by a grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
She also said those who participate in the grand opening guided tours can expect to see a number of exhibit changes, including a new one. “For example Finch’s store is much larger and you will be able to walk into it now. The one (exhibit) we have added, is we have a doctors office between our dentist office and our outpost hospital now, both of which have been relocated. So they look quite different.”
Sjoblom went onto say they have rearranged a number of the exhibits. “We have rearranged the order of our exhibits in the museum. You start with the Dinosaurs, then you to the Charlie Lake Caves, through the fur trade and then you go into homesteading with the and wagon people traveling up here to then Finch’s store.”
Sjoblom said they will be adding another exhibit, with a somewhat bizarre history, that’s expected to be added shortly, thanks to the Fort St. John Country Quilters Guild. It’s a quilt commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Highway that was stolen when on display at the North Peace Cultural Centre. The quilt was found at a thrift store in southern B.C. and returned to the Fort St. John Country Quilters Guild. That organization will now be donating the quilt to the North Peace Museum.
The opening is free, and scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.