FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Tourism Fort St. John’s vignettes were premiered at the North Peace Seniors Housing’s Apartment 1 yesterday afternoon, before a room full of viewers.
The short videos feature interviews with people who lived in Fort St. John around 1942, when the Alaska Highway was completed. The North Peace Museum contributed old photos to the videos, as well. Next year, the Highway celebrates it’s 75th Anniversary.
Christine Seguin with Tourism Fort St. John said the tourism board, along with the North Peace Museum, collected data and conducted interviews for three years to complete the project.
“The City has been built on a solid foundation of blood, sweat, and tears,” she added. “We proudly live on the fruits on these labours, and are still surrounded by hard worth and growth around us today.”
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Larry Evans, with the North Peace Historical Society says its their mandate to preserve history for future generations today, and it doesn’t stop with what we see as history in 2016.
“We’re trying to preserve the history that is happening today around here, because 50 to 100 years from now, people will be wondering about this era,” Evans said. “History is made every day.”
Some people who were interviewed for the videos came to watch the final product at the screening. Two people who were interviewed are Bud and Jo Middleton.
Bud’s family moved to Fort St. John when he was five-years-old. He was around two-years-old when the Highway was completed. Jo was born and raised in Fort St. John after the Highway was finished, and grew up after that major transportation artery came into place.
Long-time residents of the biggest city in the Peace, they’ve seen many changes over the years.
“They make it sound like it was really tough in those days, and it was, but there were a lot of good things, too,” Jo said. “There was a lot of community involvement, and a lot of people helping each other. That was nice.”