Take time to open drawers

Quesnel Museum and Archives have many equisite displays contained in drawers

Every time you go to the Museum, you see something new…well, old, but new.  Perhaps different should be the word.  This week, as we accompanied the appraiser on his journey through the Museum, I discovered more items of interest.

Are you, or have you ever been, a butterfly collector?  There’s a scientific name for that, isn’t there?  The beautiful specimens are encased in the sliding drawers and are not readily noticeable as you stroll through.  Be certain you take the time to pull out every drawer and admire these exquisite specimens.

When you meander on in to the mining section of the Museum, you will find more samples…this time the specimens are rocks.  Pull out the drawers and you will find rocks and minerals of every variety.  And science lessons from days gone by!

One of the more interesting aspects on your journey might be the samples of exquisite handwriting on display. In a day where very little is done by hand, on paper, whether it be printing or handwriting, script and handwriting are fast becoming a lost art.

I think, or I hope, that I mentioned before about the need for a new logo for the Museum.  Our outdoor signs are to be replaced this spring and the Museum Commission and the manager felt that our current logo “Best kept secret in the Cariboo” is more than a bit passé.  If you have any suggestions for a catchy phrase or a few fine words that could entice visitors to come in to our Museum, give us a call.  There are more than a few wordsmiths in our fair city, hopefully someone will come up with something clever and witty!

As we are in our 50th year, I do hope you are reading Bruce Steele’s gleanings from the past 50 years in his “Glimpse…” column being published weekly in the Observer.

50 years really isn’t that long ago…do you have any ‘relics’ or ‘artifacts’ from 50 years ago that you would consider donating to the Museum?

Hope to see you as you ‘pass time’ at the Museum.

Don’t let someone dim your light, simply because it is shining in their eyes.

Honey Affleck is chair of the Museum Commission and regular Observer columnist.