Mining the Northwest: Fortunes Won and Lost in the Bulkley Valley
Mining has been a part of the Bulkley Valley’s cultural fabric for over 100 years. This exhibit focuses on the early twentieth century: a time when fortunes were won and lost. The exhibit can be viewed at the Museum and at our Culture Crawl locations: Safeway, Schimmel’s Bakery + Café, Heavenly Grinds and Service BC
Pre-Emption in 1915
One exhibit in the Museum is a replica map of the 1915 British Columbia Department of Lands Pre-Emptors Map. It refers to lands under the Skeena, Hazelton, Peace River, and Fort Fraser divisions.
Our permanent First Nation exhibition at the Museum features the achievements of the Witsuwit'en in harvesting the land and rivers of our Valley from before the arrival of Europeans to present day.
On display now are a variety of sizes of birch bark baskets. These baskets are crafted from birch bark and spruce roots. They are used to carry just about everything, including water when the seams have been sealed.
Niwhts'ide'ni Hibi'it'en The Ways of Our Ancestors: Witsuwit'en History and Culture Throughout the Millennia by Melanie Morin. Pg. 61.
Cultural Access Pass
The Bulkley Valley Museum is an official Cultural Access Pass attraction!
Learn more about the Cultural Access Pass on the visiting page.
The Culture Hunt is a self-guided tour around Smithers (approximately one hour) collecting interesting and fun historical/cultural facts about our town.
See Event Page for further details.
Artifact of the Month
Ground Slate AdzeCome into the Bulkley Valley Museum during August and September to learn about the ground slate adze.
Newsletter Fall 2016
The lastest copy of our quarterly newsletter is now available to our Members. If you have not received yours please call Betty 250-847-5322
Our brand new Collections Online website!
The Bulkley Valley Museum is thrilled to announce the launch of our Collections Online website! To start your discovery of our local heritage, visit search.bvmuseum.com
The Bulkley Valley Museum is looking for volunteers to come by the Museum and assist with the artifacts we will be bringing out to work on. If you have artifacts at home or are interested in how artifacts are looked after and preserved, we welcome you to come in.
Recent Grants for Special Projects
In July the BV Museum received a grant of $4850 from the Wetzink’wa Community Grant Program. The funds will be used to purchase a new desktop computer, as well as additional software for our Collections Online website including a PDF viewer to allow the public to view digitized archival records, and a photo commenting add-on to help users tag unidentified photographs.
Also in July, the Museum received $500 towards the cost of our two day Canadian Conservation Institute facility assessment from the Bulkley Valley Credit Union. Thank you to the BVCU for assisting with this important project!
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