Deborah Chapman

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The mysterious Butcher at Palmer's

When Rex Lingford pressed the shutter on his camera in September 1914 he had no idea what havoc he would create in the archives in 2019!

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One artefact. One treasure.

I uncovered treasure deep in this box. It was wrapped in brown paper and rectangular in shape. I held my breath as I unfolded the paper. . .

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Building a new exhibit

The community-run Salmar Theatre turns 70 in May. It is a place the community gathers to share a laugh and shed a tear. . .

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After the flood. . .

Things on the first floor of the Montebello building are getting back to normal. Soon it will be business as usual, thanks to contractors and several super volunteers.

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We should have built an ark!

There was no end to the excitement caused when a 2 year old pressure valve failed in the Montebello's mechanical room. The four inch drain and the curator couldn't cope. Cathy English, Curator at the Revelstoke City Museum had some sage words.

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February 2019: Caring for the collection

The men and women who work on the ground floor of the Montebello Building are wonderful. They do the real work of caring for the collection and making it available to the public. When Nancy Tait began volunteering last February, I did my crash course on processing a new collection with her. I used the language that I had used for decades. I pulled out Chenhall’s Book of Nomenclature. Then I made a confession. My colleagues don’t catalogue new artefacts. They accession them.

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January 2019: Louis Thomas takes the title!

It was about time. Louis had been advising the Curatorial Department at the Salmon Arm Museum for almost two decades. When he was finally offered a position, he agreed to make the relationship official.

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December 2018: Season's Greetings

A century-old Christmas wish. . .

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December 2018: The Shuswap's oldest apple tree

The Shuswap’s oldest apple tree is living proof of a relationship between the area’s first settler and the permanent residents, members of the Secwepemc First Nation.

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August 2018: 20 years ago . . .

July 1998 Crack. A small lightning strike in the Fly Hills. We saw it. Felt it. Salmon Arm’s Fire Chief Ken Tebo was taking a coffee break on the deck of No. 3 Fire Hall in downtown Salmon Arm. He looked up and saw smoke. Then the Fire Chief said, “We’d better keep an eye on that,” to his colleagues drinking their coffee. Within a week there was a disaster. At the same time, Pam Axley was on duty at the Queest Forestry Tower on the Anstey Arm of Shuswap...

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