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Sometimes it is the little things

Sometimes the smallest things connect. In between other projects, volunteer Lise Ouimet and I have been going through the archival collection, making the Word documents that summarize each Fonds   more uniform in preparation for a new database. 1.   We have the physical care of our collection under control. The paper and sound recording are in a state of the art storage facility with geothermal heat, LED lighting, computerized humidity controls, water sensors, and a...

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Springtime in the Shuswap

Spring is when everyone starts to stir. After many long months of hibernating in our homes, we finally begin to poke our heads out and wonder what might be beyond these four walls we’ve seen for so long. The snow is almost, but not entirely, gone here at the park. This was my first Shuswap winter, having spent the rest in the South Okanagan, Switzerland, Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. I’ve been around, I guess you could say. Every year, in every place, I anticipate the re-coming...

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Inclusivity - this year's theme for Heritage Week

This year the theme of Heritage Week is inclusivity. The topic has this curator deep in thought about how “white bread” a teenager once called me.

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Someone asked!

The Heritage Commission was approached by two home owners. The couple asked if their home could be included on the City of Salmon Arm's Heritage Registry. . .

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Big shoes to fill

Sometimes when I walk through the shelves of the collections storage, on a hunt for something specific, a something else catches my eye and I’m drawn in to investigate. This time I was looking for cricket gear. I had come across two silk sashes that Victor Nancollas had used as belts while he was playing cricket in England and then in Salmon Arm. One yellow and one fuchsia, they seem too nice to have been used as a belt playing sports but what do I know about cricket? Sashes in hand, I...

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Front St. Grocery & Confectionery

Work at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is delightful. It changes with the seasons. Each spring and summer we work on dioramas and exhibits. Work on archival collections takes place in the winter when there just seems to be more time to think about the the paper history entrusted into our care. Front Street Grocery & Confectionery is a one-of-a kind archival collection acquired that has a special connection to a museum board member - the late Florrie Farmer.

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Hold that position!

Construction of the Lingford and Honey Studio diorama is finished! There will be so much more to see and do at the village next year. Don't forget your cell phone!

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The Everyday Art of Quilts

Erin Stodola, the Registrar of Collections, was given the job of designing a special rack to store the museum's quilt collection. She did an outstanding job!

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A step in the right direction

Curator Tracey Kutschker wanted to do something locally to recognize the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation . The day is one of the Commission's 94 Calls to Action. The day is to honour the survivors of residential school system, their families and communities. The day also honoured and remembered the 215 children who died in care at the Kamloops Residential School.

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Truth and Reconciliation Day

When the horrific news of the confirmation of 215 children’s graves on the grounds of the former Residential School in Kamloops broke last June, the board and staff at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum were heartsick. We offered condolences, but that did not seem enough. Please join us as we #DrumForTheChildren.

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