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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: A letter to our funders

Lise Ouimet writes about her new work station in the Ernie Doe Archives Room. The workroom is at ground level, spacious, and open for business!

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janvier 2019: une lettre à nos donateurs

Lise Ouimet écrit au sujet de son nouveau poste de travail dans la salle des archives Ernie Doe. La salle, très spacieuse, est située au rez-de-chaussée, et bourdonne d'activités!

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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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October 2018: An introduction to Museum and Archival Studies

Lindsay Ault was surprised to find how much she learned while working at the Salmon Arm Museum. Her job as Registrar of Collections taught her transferable skills while building muscles!

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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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September 2018: Through the eyes of the visitor

My visitors thought the photo in the calendar in the exhibit was a piece of art imitating real life. As the exhibit’s Curator, though, I was imitating art; the photo was snapped in 1914 by Rex Lingford just before he went off to Valcartier. All of a sudden I was seeing the exhibit through my visitors’ eyes.

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