Deborah Chapman

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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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Setting the story straight

The E.A. Palmer Butcher Co. exhibit officially opens September 19th at R.J. Haney Heritage Village. Emma Abigail Palmer holds a special place in Salmon Arm’s history. Not only did she face barriers as a widow and entrepreneur, but her retail operation was the first licensed business in the District Municipality of Salmon Arm. I’m hoping E.A. would be proud of her enduring presence at R.J. Haney Heritage Village!

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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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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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