Deborah Chapman

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Spanish 'Flu

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed more than how we interact at the R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum. It has also changed operations in the archives. Protocols have been set in place to keep returning staff safe. The question on everyone’s minds is, “When will we open?” That depends on the virus, the resources to implement our plan, and keeping the public safe. Researchers still contact the archives by phone and email. They, too, have been influenced by the pandemic.

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Corrections

Archivists hate when their records are wrong, but they also love to correct them. That’s what happened this week. A researcher recently emailed to say that one of our photos on R.J. Haney Heritage Village website had names mixed up. “Your photo,” Doug Mobley wrote, “catalogue number 1987.0156.0014 is described as: Bedford Family at home. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bedford with children baby Victor, Doug, Margaret, Albert and Charles Jr. on his Dad's knee.”...

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Your autograph please!

Several watercolour and ink drawings were found in an autograph book belonging to Ivy Fathers who married George McEwen in 1929.

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Artefact comes home!

The nicest thing happened by chance in February. Archives volunteer Lise Ouimet had an appointment in Vernon. She was there over meal time, so stopped at Denny’s. There was an omelette on the menu that Lise liked. Lise must have been her usual chatty self. Her server, Laura, mentioned that she grew up in Salmon Arm. Lise mentioned that she worked at the Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village. Laura was up for a conversation. She used to live in Haney House before it was taken over by...

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Heritage Awards

Heritage Awards for people involved in caring for historic buildings was the brainchild of Mary Landers.

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Happy New Year!

The museum and archives were snowed in! The volunteers were keen to return to work. How could the maintenance crew make it happen? Fire up the plow truck of course!

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A time for reflection

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action for museums has triggered a review of the things we do at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum. As Curator I am quite proud of the results!

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Questions, questions, questions

Archivists don’t have all the answers. We collect information and cross reference it. We take donations of paper, sound recordings, and audio visual thing-a-ma bobs. We train volunteers to transcribe, index, and accession. We think about how to find answers to the things we don’t know because we can always count on getting those questions. The questions that stump us are unanticipated. They feel like they come out of left field. Lately there have been a couple about the...

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Who are you going to call?

Quick, grab a cell phone. Someone's having a medical emergency!

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Election Promises

Meeting and Greeting constituents can be exhausting. Sometimes a politician just wants to kick back, relax, and watch a good game on t.v.

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