Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre Achieves Recognized Museum Designation
June 27, 2019
The Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre is proud to announce that it has been recertified with the Recognized Museum designation from the Alberta Museums Association (AMA).
The recertification demonstrates that the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre is committed to maintaining standards of professional practice and to ensuring that it plays a strong and important role within the community. The Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre has held this designation since 2007.
“We are very happy to have been able to once again earn our Recognized Museum Program certification from the Alberta Museum Association,” noted Daniel Stewart, Heritage Coordinator, ‘The staff at the AMA were extremely helpful with the completing of the various forms needed for certification. I would like to thank all the staff at the museum, past and present, for the help they have given to make our museum the very best it can be.’
The Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre voluntarily participated in the Recognized Museum Program offered by the AMA, which involved providing evidence to a panel of museum professionals that demonstrated how the institution meets the definition of a Museum.
“Our adherence to the highest professional standards, as recognized through the maintenance of our Recognized Museum status, reaffirms our commitment to our community. Which is exemplified through the care of our collections, and the stories that they tell, as well as through our important work with public engagement and outreach,” added Laura Love, Curator.
The Peace River Centennial Museum was opened in 1967 as part of the Town’s celebrations of Canada’s Centennial. The Sir Alexander Mackenzie Historical Society, the Town of Peace River, and the Women’s Institute were instrumental in establishing the site and collection of the museum. The Town of Peace River took over ownership of the museum in 2003. The facility was expanded in 2004 and 2006 and our name changed to the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre in 2007. We strive to fulfill our Artefact Collections Mandate ‘to collect, preserve and make publicly accessible tangible objects that are significant to, and representative of, the human and natural history of the Town of Peace River and Shaftesbury Settlement.’ Equally important is our Archival Collections Mandate to: “collect, preserve and make publicly accessible the documentary history of the Town of Peace River and the North Peace Region. It is also important to highlight that our Archives, as intuitional members of the Archival Society of Alberta meet the professional standards as set out by that professional society, as well.
For more information about the Recognized Museum Program and / or the Alberta Museums Association, please visit www.museums.ab.ca