According to the December 31, 1931 issue of the Peace River Record, the Fokker airplane flown by John Bythell, had the misfortune of being snatched by the rough ice on the Peace River. The mail plane, carrying two passengers on the way to Keg River and Fort Vermilion, was taking off south of the railway bridge (note Our Lady of Peace Church steeple in the background) when its right wing tip succumbed to the result of the thaw and refreezing of the river. There were no human injuries. Read More →

(pictured above: Tea related artefacts from the Peace River Museum collection) Happy International Day of Tea! By: Carson Murphy, Peace River Museum Archivist Hang around the museum long enough and chances are you will be offered a cup of tea. Why? Because we’re nice people, and also because I, the archivist, love tea. And while I love tea (and the historical socio-cultural traditions surrounding it), I don’t know much about its history. When you think of tea history, old ladies sitting around a tea table in the mid afternoon in big Gone With The Wind dresses gossiping is usually what comes to mind. I happenedRead More →

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women “The scale and severity of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada constitutes a national human rights crisis.” (Amnesty International Call To Action Report, February 2014) Silent Dreams, our latest exhibit, honours the lives of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls and the struggles of all women in the West through time. The showpiece of this exhibit is an installation of beautiful dream catchers suspended gracefully in the Main Gallery. Designed and made by local women, the large dream catchers symbolize the ancestors who watch over us and the smaller ones, theRead More →

( Members of the Royal Canadian Legion and RCMP outside of the Legion for Remembrance Day, year unknown, source Peace River Museum Archives.) Poppy History & Proper Poppy Etiquette We wear a poppy in the days leading up to Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, as an outward symbol of thanks, and appreciation to those who fought for our freedom. Noted as a reminder of the enduring flower that grew amongst the graves and fields in the significant poem by Canadian Doctor John McCrae, ‘…the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row…’ These flowers grow wild in northern France and Belgium and watch over theRead More →

This piece is part of an on-going series entitled “Pondering Peace River’s Past,” or “Ponderings,” they’re researched and written by the Peace River Museum Archive and Mackenzie Centre’s researcher Beth Wilkins.  Ponderings appears in print in the Peace River Record-Gazette each week. We Remember Remembering is not always easy – memories not always pleasant – but memories – remembering is part of living – part of being – Lest We Forget. Indigenous men and women joined those of other backgrounds to enlist in the various conflicts in which we have been involved – to fight for – a country we call Canada – a landRead More →

Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility

(Pictured above, the Museum’s staff pose for a picture in front of the wheel shaft of the DA Thomas on August 17, 2016) An Award-winning Museum Staying current while preserving the past has been the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre’s ongoing goal – a challenge for any organization and now they have been awarded for their efforts. This week the Town of Peace River found out our Museum had won the Robert R. Janes Award for Social Responsibility, a prestigious award from the Alberta Museums Association. The award will be presented this fall, during the Alberta Museums Association’s Annual Conference A Culture ofRead More →

witness blanket

The Witness Blanket – remembering and bearing witness to First Nations residential schools A significant part of Canada’s history in Peace River July 1 – September 8, 2016 The Blanket Created by Kwagiulth/Salish artist Carey Newman, the Witness Blanket, is two and a half metres tall and 12 metres wide. It’s comprised of 13 panels with cedar frames that hold more than 800 collected objects from residential schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada. Two of those panels will actually be headed to the Peace River Correctional Centre where they willRead More →