NEWS

Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum

Learn about travel and tourism along the Alaska Highway from the first tourists in 1948 to current and future tourism initiatives happening along the highway. Presentations will feature historic photographs as well as historic poems about travelling the highway. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.

Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum

The Western Command Convoy is coming back to the Fort St. John North Peace Museum to mark the 75th anniversary of the construction of the Alaska Highway. They’ll be driving their historic military vehicles (jeeps, trucks, motorcycles, etc.) up the highway for this anniversary. Come down to the museum grounds to see them on July 21. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.

Reverend Forbes Homestead Opens

An Open House at the Reverend Forbes Homestead and Pioneer Hospital is on Saturday, June 10 to celebrate the beginning of the 2017 summer season.

The event features guided tours of Grande Prairie’s first hospital. This is a family friendly event with light refreshments and lawn games from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rev. Forbes Homestead, located at 10424 96. St. behind the QEII hospital.

The provincial historic resource site officially opens on Monday, June 5 at 1 p.m.

Background

The first log structure built in Grande Prairie was the 24’ by 20’ hospital in 1911. The Forbes family, consisting of Rev. Alexander and Agnes, lived in the caboose that they travelled in until their two- storey house was built a year later.  The home is often referred to as “Montrose House” after Agnes Forbes hometown in Scotland.

More Information

Anyone interested in learning more about the history of the Rev. Forbes site can visit cityofgp.com/RevForbes

Members of the public can tour the Rev. Forbes Homestead and Pioneer Hospital Sunday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., June 5 through Labour Day. Admission is free.

Information on upcoming events at Forbes are found on the City of Grande Prairie events calendar.

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Media Enquiries can be directed to:

Charles Taws
Curator / Collections Supervisor
Grande Prairie Museum
Phone: 780-830-7084
E-mail: ctaws@cityofgp.com

Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum

Canada is turning 150 and there’s no better way to celebrate than a slice of good old-fashioned homemade Canadian pie. Come on down to the Fort St. John North Peace Museum (9323 100th Street) for some homemade fruit pie and ice cream between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. It’s been a Canada Day tradition for decades. All proceeds go towards the museum’s operation. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.

Friday, May 26 at the Fort St. John Cemetery

Join us for a guided cemetery tour of the Fort St. John Cemetery on 100 Ave. Learn about the connection of many of the people buried there to the Alaska Highway. From construction workers to entrepreneurs to ambulance drivers, the cemetery is full of people who worked and lived along the highway. Tour is $10 and can be paid at the gate of the cemetery prior to the tour. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.

May 5, 2017 – August 15, 2017 at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War, the Fort St. John North Peace Museum is pleased to host the travelling exhibit Keepsakes of Conflict: Trench Art and Other Canadian War-Related Craft. This exhibit is curated by Heather Smith and organized by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery.  It looks at the little-studied area of Canadian craft related to war. Trench art refers to items made by soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians from war-related or other materials during times of armed conflict. Regular admission fees apply. This exhibit is free to members of the North Peace Historical Society. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum

Come on down to one of Fort St. John’s largest and most amazing yard sales of the year. Find new treasures for your home and family. We are accepting donations of books, household items, toys, sports equipment, etc. We are NOT accepting clothing or large electronics and appliances. We cannot accept car seats or booster seats. Call 250-787-0430 for more information.

 

SPRA is looking for a New Executive Director

South Peace Regional Archives Society is seeking a resourceful, energetic person with a commitment to preserving local history for the position of Executive Director. The director is responsible for management and leadership in the Archives and supervises three additional staff members.

Qualifications/Abilities:

  • Relevant degree in Business, History or other suitable discipline.
  • Willingness to train in Archival practices.
  • Ability to promote the Archives in the community.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Aptitude for independent decision making and acting with initiative.
  • Supervisory and interpersonal skills to motivate staff and volunteers.

 

SPRA is a community archives funded by four municipal governments, and is an institutional member of the Archives Society of Alberta. For more information, visit our website at www.southpeacearchives.org

Please forward a resume and cover letter no later than May 5, 2017 to director@southpeacearchives.org.

 

 

Vimy Ridge Anniversary

 

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum

Find out what the buzz is all about. Discover the construction of the Alaska Highway through the eyes of a mosquito. This story combines historic photographs with an animated cast of insects. Make mosquito crafts and participate in mosquito activities. REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY AND LIMITED. Event tickets are $5/child or $10/family and must be purchased at the museum in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult (free). Call 250-787-0430 for more information.