Upwards and onwards

Chair of the museum commission reports on activities and events at the Quesnel Museum and Archives

With the year almost half over, your Museum continues to come up with ideas to entice you to come in, or plan a return visit.

We celebrated the completion of the lighting project on May 24 with a small gathering as the commission and staff acknowledged those who contributed to this worthy endeavour.  Come in to see the upgrade of the lighting system and see what a difference enhanced lighting makes to the atmosphere of the Museum, not to mention contributing to the preservation of our artifacts.

Throughout the summer, we are planning some walking tours including that perennial favourite, the Pioneer Cemetery.  Following the footsteps downtown will take you on the Heritage Walk (Footsteps in Time) and you can pick up a brochure at the Museum to find all the heritage sites around town that have been plaqued.  As I mentioned before in a previous column, the City of Quesnel and the Museum commission have installed bronze plaques on sites that have been designated  heritage buildings, and each year two more buildings are selected.

In the fall, we are planning on having movie night with heritage or historical videos  to showcase what our past holds for those interested in remembering.  Another evening, we intend on having a Girls’ Night Out, showcasing all our ‘feminine’ artifacts…a good time to sit back, relax and revel in the fact that we live a much easier life now than women ever did in the olden days. We are considering Candlelight Tours and workshops on how to preserve your own artifacts and antiques.  Is it at all possible that you might find something that interests you?

And in the spirit of history and Billy Barker, be sure to watch for our tray displays as we promote our Museum on Parade Day.

Hope to see you as you “pass time” at the Museum.

Oh wad some Power the giftie gie us

To see oursels as ithers see us

It wad frae mony a blunder free us,

An’ foolish notion. Robbie Burns

Honey Affleck is chair of the museum commission and regular Observer contributor.

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