March 14, 2017
Summer Employment Opportunity
Summer Employment Opportunities at the Bulkley Valley Museum
The Bulkley Valley Museum in Smithers, British Columbia is seeking applicants for its summer student positions of Collections Assistant (YCW), Curatorial Assistant (CSJ), and Digitization Technician (CSJ) . Please note that the number of positions and the duration of employment are conditional on final approval from the funding bodies.
Hours:35 hours/week for up to 16 weeks between May and August 2017 (start dates negotiable). Applicants must be willing to work Saturdays. May be required to work the occasional evening or holiday for special events as required.
Collections and Curatorial Assistant positions: The Assistants will primarily assist with the completion of an ongoing inventory project of the Museum’s holdings including artifact cataloguing, artifact conservation, archival description, digitization of archival records, updating database records, and artifact photography. The Assistant will also contribute to research and content development for museum exhibits as required. Major secondary duties for the Assistant will be delivery of visitor services including exhibit interpretation, assisting with youth summer programming, and assisting with daily administrative operations such as social media, gift shop sales, etc. The Assistant may also be asked to contribute to special event planning and delivery, e.g. Home Movie Day or workshops.
Digitization Technician position: The Digitization Technician will assist both the Archivist and Curator in increasing digital accessibility to the Museum’s artifact and archival holdings, furthering the progress in the Museum’s ongoing collections inventory and accessibility projects. Primary duties include creating searchable PDFs of archival documents, maps, etc. using optical character recognition (OCR) software, implementing metadata standards, creating Rules for Archival Description (RAD) compliant item-level descriptions, updating database entries, and taking photographs of artifacts and oversized archival records. The student will also assist with sharing newly scanned or photographed items through various social media platforms to promote and showcase the Museum’s activities. In addition to the primary duties, the Technician will assist with delivery of visitor services by engaging with Museum visitors, archival researchers, and/or participants in planned events such as Home Movie Day or workshops.
Qualifications: All Applicants MUST meet Young Canada Works (YCW) and/or Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) eligibility criteria. Please review the criteria for each funding program carefully before applying.
Canada Summer Jobs: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml
Young Canada Work: http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1459433313024
Preferred areas of study include university/college history, anthropology/archaeology, museum studies, library/archival studies, or a related field. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills and be comfortable speaking to and interacting with the public. Must have excellent research skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint required. Familiarity with social media platforms, database software, digital scanning, and/or photography considered assets. Must be comfortable working with and supervising children in an educational context. Previous experience in a museum/heritage environment or with educational/interpretive programming considered an asset. Must be fluent in English, written and/or oral communication in French or another minority language considered an asset. The Bulkley Valley Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants that meet eligibility requirements for Young Canada Works and/or Canada Summer Jobs are encouraged to apply.
To apply: Submit cover letter and resume by April 23rd 2017 to:
Kira Westby, Curator
By mail: PO Box 2615, Smithers BC, V0J 2N0
Or in person: BV Museum, 1425 Main Street, Smithers
Interviews will occur once funding for the position has been confirmed in late April or early May. Applicants must indicate in their covering letter how they meet Young Canada Works and/or Canada Summer Jobs eligibility criteria and must address the specific job requirements as posted. Applicants may apply for more than one of our available positions with the same covering letter and resume if they meet the criteria of both funding programs. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.Tweet
October 4, 2016
Second Annual Cemetery Walk
July 21, 2016
Old Church & Garden 10th Anniversary
August 20th was the 10th Anniversary for the Old Church and Gardens.
It was very well attended with standing room only. Klaus Mueller was the MC and spoke of the history of the Old Church and the renovation, thanking the volunteers who poured so much time and effort into the work. Peter Haines and George Stokes sang and played guitar. They are both excellent performers. After there were refreshments and a wonderful anniversary cake, made by Safeway. Safeway assisted in the expense of refreshment and cake.
Thank you to every one who came out. It really was a wonderful time.
April 8, 2016
History At Your Fingertips
Now available: 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 http://search.bvmuseum.com/
Our new website is your portal to discover our collection of several thousand historic photographs of Smithers and the surrounding Bulkley Valley, as well as our documentary heritage and artifact catalogues.
Users can share their favourite items to Facebook and Twitter, and generate PDFs or print lists of items they are interested in. Users can also provide direct feedback to the Museum via email on specific photographs and records. We hope to start crowd sourcing more information about some of our photographs, which often picture people whose names have been lost to history.
Our new website is part of the Museum’s ongoing efforts to make its collections more accessible to our local communities, enabling users from anywhere in the Bulkley Valley, or anywhere in the world to learn about our local history.
The BV Museum’s Collections Online portal was made possible through funding from the Government of Canada through the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program.
For more information on the web portal or accessing our collections contact us!
April 4, 2016
Thanks to our volunteers we will be able to open the Museum from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays during April.
During April entry will be by donation so come on in and check out the exhibits we have on display and the new items in the Gift Shop.
Just the place to pop into when one of those spring showers arrives.Tweet
March 1, 2016
Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP).
The Bulkley Valley Museum is pleased to announce that it has received funding for its Collections
Accessibility Project from the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities
The $15,000 grant received by the Bulkley Valley Museum will be used to develop a web based search
engine and online interface that will provide direct public access to our collections, including our collection
of approximately 4000 digitized historic photographs. The new system will put the history of Smithers and
the Bulkley Valley at the fingertips of the public, greatly increasing the accessibility of our holdings, and
ensuring their continued relevance in the digital age. The new system will be available online in the spring
The DHCP was created in 2015 to provide financial assistance for activities that augment the visibility of
and access to materials held by Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions. It also aims to
increase the capacity of local institutions to sustainably preserve the country’s documentary heritage.
Read the full press release from the Government of Canada here:
Le Musée Bulkley Valley est heureux d’annoncer qu’il a reçu un financement pour son projet
d’accessibilité Collection du Programme des collectivités du patrimoine du documentaire par
Bibliothèque et Archives
La subvention de 15.000 $ a été reçu par le Musée Bulkley Valley et sera utilisé pour développer
un moteur de recherche basé sur le Web et l’interface en ligne qui offrira un accès direct du
public à nos collections, y compris notre collection d’environ 4000 photographies historiques digitalisés.
Le nouveau système mettra l’histoire de Smithers et la vallée de Bulkley à la portée du public,
augmentant considérablement l’accessibilité de nos participations, et d’assurer leur pertinence à l’ère
numérique. Le nouveau système sera disponible en ligne au printemps 2016.
Le PCPD a été créée en 2015 pour fournir une aide financière pour des activités qui augmentent
la visibilité et l’accès aux documents détenus par les institutions locales du patrimoine documentaire
du Canada. Il vise aussi à accroître la capacité des institutions locales à préserver durable du
patrimoine documentaire du pays. Lisez le communiqué de presse du gouvernement du Canada ici:
Pour plus d’informations s’il vous plaît communiquer avec le curateur, Kira Westby au 250-847-5322
February 27, 2015
Sir Alfred Smithers
Kerry Guenter, a volunteer at the Bulkley Valley Museum, has located a picture of Sir Alfred Smithers. He contacted Elizabeth Webster, Sir Alfred’s, great granddaughter, who replied by email saying she had pictures and that she would scan and send them. To Kerry’s surprise she sent the original photo, the negative and a family picture. The portrait is now on display at the Bulkley Valley Museum. The portrait is of Canadian origins, thought to have been taken by the famous Montreal photographers Notman & Son.Tweet
October 2, 2014
Salmon Trails Website
Visit our new Salmon Trails Website. The Bulkley Valley Museum has united the museums of the North West of British Columbia. On the website click on the town you are going to visit and see the places that are less explored. Have you seen the Smithers “Shoe House” or Hazeltons First Nation Village of Ksan with the long house full of history.
May 30, 2014
The Culture Crawl Brochure is Online
Smithers Culture Crawl
Come to the Bulkley Valley Museum today and get your culture crawl brochure!
Starting at the Bulkley Valley Museum, the crawl takes visitors on a remarkable and fascination stroll. Our Culture Crawl explores the stories of the older building in Smithers. The Old Church,was the first Church and first wooden structure built in Smithers. You will see the unique Aladdin and Eaton kit homes. Schimmel’s Cafe, Sawyers Heavenly Cafe and Safeway feature a continuation of the main exhibit in the Bulkley Valley Museum. At the far end of town you will find the Railway Station which was proclaimed a heritage building in 1990.
Join us for the Smithers Culture Crawl and learn some of our history.Tweet
February 14, 2014
B36 bomber crashes February 14th
At around 3:00 AM on Valentine’s Day, 1950, a U.S. B36 Peacemaker bomber, the largest production plane the U.S. has ever made, crashed into Mt. Kologet in the Kispiosk about 100 km north of Hazelton B.C.. It was on a training flight from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to its home base at Carswell, Texas. The flight of the Peacemaker still causes controversy to this day. The plane dropped its cargo of a Fat Man atomic bomb in the Hecate Strait between Haida Gwaii and the B.C Mainland coast due to engine failure & fire in 3 of its 6 pushprop engines. According to official U.S. reports, most of the crew survived bailing out over Canadian land and on its own, the unmanned plane changed direction to fly northeast and crash in the Kispiox. Was someone left on board? The U.S. has always said ‘No’. Who knows for sure? But the director of the Bulkley Valley Museum has a very plausible scenario as to what may have occurred on the side of a lonely mountain in the Kispiosk, February 14th, 1950.
Sixty four years ago they were just a bunch of flyboys hoping to get home to their wives & families & girlfriends in time for a Valentine’s Day dinner in Carswell, Texas. What happened?
Today, the BV Museum in Smithers, B.C., maintains a permanent exhibition detailing this memorable flight which includes photos and artefacts and a set of 20 mm machine guns from this downed Peacemaker.
If you require further information regarding this Valentine’s Day fascinating topic, please do not hesitate to contact me.Tweet
May 22, 2013
Book Launch of Smithers: A Railroad Town by Harry Kruisselbrink
In 2008, the Bulkley Valley Museum published the first edition of Smithers: A Railroad Town by Harry Kruisselbrink thanks to the financial support from Heritage Legacy Fund, BC150, and the Town of Smithers. In honour of the 2013 centennial celebration, Kruisselbrink has expanded on the original to include more details about the arrival of the GTP and the development of the Town of Smithers.
You are invited to the Old Church on Wed, June 5th at 7pm for the launch of the revised edition of Smithers: A Railroad Town. The book is available at: Bullkley Valley Museum, Mountain Eagle Books, Heartstrings, Hudson Bay Lodge, and Speedee. Hold the history of the Bulkley Valley in your hands!Tweet
April 9, 2013
First Train Through Smithers
On April 8, 2013, a huge crowd of retired CN workers and community members gathered at the Old Church to celebrate the anniversary of the “first train through Smithers,” which chugged through 99 years ago on April 8, 1914. The last spike was driven in Fort Fraser on April 7, 1914, and the train then proceeded westward to Smithers and Prince Rupert. The first train to actually arrive in Smithers was a track-laying work train that arrived on October 4th, 1913. The Autumn 1913 issue of BC Magazine stated:
“Probably the most remarkable welcome ever given to a new railroad in British Columbia was extended at Smithers to contractors and workmen when the steel of the Grand Trunk Pacific reached there a few weeks ago. Unbounded enthusiasm was shown by Bulkley Valley residents, who have waited for years for the sight of a railway locomotive. When the track-laying machine rounded the curve east of Smithers and poked its nose out on the long tangent that passes through the town, it was a signal for a big demonstration.”
To celebrate this milestone, Doug Donaldson, MLA for Stikine, partnered up with the Bulkley Valley Museum to host a celebratory luncheon with archival displays and a presentation from local author and former BV Museum curator, Jane Stevenson. Prizes were given away and several stories were shared. Pat McCammon announced that her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hann, were there in 1914 to meet the first train. Several retired CN workers were also in attendance at the event, and after polling the room, we discovered that Ted Huntington was hired on earliest… in 1946!
Another railroader, Axel Peterson, arranged a fascinating display of artifacts and archival materials related to the railroad. From conductor’s caps, to log books, to a silver tea service from an old dining car, the history of the railroad was made tangible.
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the first train through Smithers. Here’s to another century of the railroad continuing to connect the communities across the Bulkley Valley.Tweet
July 30, 2012
Bus Tour to Fort St. James
Join the Bulkley Valley Museum for a bus tour to Historic Fort St. James on August 16th
Leaving at 7am the bus will make its way down to Fort St. James. With purchase of ticket, you get a small snack in Burns Lake, lunch at Fort St. James and a tour of the historic site.
Space is limited so get your tickets early!
Contact BV Museum for tickets (250) 847-5322
July 17, 2012
Kindness of Strangers
Some fantastic tourists headed to Prince Rupert gave the BV Museum Staff ice cream cones!
It’s a TERRIFIC Tuesday!
June 20, 2012
Old Church Garden Work Bee
It is time for the annual Old Church Gardens Work Bee!
Join us next Wednesday June 27th at 9am for a morning of planting and garden renewal.
Hope to see you there!
June 19, 2012
Smithers Exploration Group Geo Crawl
Smithers Exploration Group Geo Crawl
Take an educational tour of downtown Smithers at your own pace. Locals, tourists, families, individuals and school groups are encouraged to participate.
Use your GPS/mapping skills to walk, bike or drive to 12 locations in the downtown Smithers area where you will learn how rocks, minerals and mined products are used in our daily lives. There will be a question for each location to answer when you get there. Answer all twelve questions correctly and enter to win a GPS unit in the Smithers Exploration Group annual fall draw!
Pick-up and drop off completed Geo Crawl brochures at the Bulkley Valley Museum (1425 Main St) or Smithers District Chamber of Commerce (1411 Court St).
The tour will take approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete by foot.
**Bring a pen, GPS unit (or use the map provided), and comfortable footwear.
June 18, 2012
Photos from the Driftwood Canyon Lecture
Many thanks to the Driftwood Canyon lecture team!
Thank you Dr. Bruce Archibald, Dr. Jaelyn Eberle, Dr. David Greenwood, and BC Parks!
Here are some photos from the night
June 7, 2012
Driftwood Canyon Lecture Series
Come out for a fascinating night of lectures on Driftwood Canyon.
Special Guest Lecturers include, Dr. Bruce Archibald, Dr. Jaelyn J. Eberle, and Maria Brown.
The program will feature:
• How the Red Queen and the Court Jester changed the fossil lacewings of Driftwood Canyon by Dr. Bruce Archibald
• Ancient mammals in a 52-million year old Arctic rainforest by Dr. Jaelyn J. Eberle
• Driftwood Canyon Tells a Story” Plants of the British Columbian Interior during the Early Eocene by Maria Brown
7pm at the Old Church (corner of King and 1st)
Admission by donation
BC Parks and Bulkley Valley Museum
May 28, 2012
2012 Culture Crawl Brochure Now Online
The 2012 Culture Crawl Brochure is now online. Get ready for this season’s crawl!
Smither’s Culture Crawl- “I Came, I Saw, I Crawled!”
May 25, 2012
Joseph Coyle Lives On
The Globe and Mail have included Joseph Coyle in
“The Innovators: A Monthly Multimedia Feature on Great Canadian Inventors”
Read the full article here Canadian inventor cracks the case of the broken egg
May 18, 2012
International Museum Day
It’s International Museum Day, so get out there and support everyone who preserves and displays our natural and cultural histories!
May 10, 2012
A Sign of Summer
Despite the poor weather and a dusting of snow, the Smithers Fire Department installed the
Dutch and Swiss Flags for the upcoming Smithers Culture Crawl. Many thanks to the Smithers
Fire Department for their fine work!
May 9, 2012
Only 4 days till Mother’s Day! Looking for a last-minute gift that your mom will love?
We’re sure you’ll find something special in the Museum Gift shop. Need inspiration?
Here’s a selection that we prepared earlier
April 5, 2012
Titanic: Classical Music Event
The Bulkley Valley Museum Presents:
An evening of music with Roxi Dykstra on viola.
Accompanied by Sharon Carrington and Stefan Bichelmaier
Highlights will include the hymn, “Nearer, My God, To Thee”,
which the Titanic’s orchestra was said to have played as
the ship sank to her watery grave.
Join us April 15th
7pm at the Old Church
Admission by DonationTweet
March 23, 2012
BV Museum now on Facebook
Good News Everyone!
The Bulkley Valley Museum is now on Facebook.
Hop on the trolley and “Like” us to stay up-to-date
with exhibition news, behind-the-scenes pictures, and upcoming events.
Click on the link above or here to check us out -> Bulkley Valley Museum
May 20, 2011
A Northern Alpine Valley
The Bulkley Valley in Northwest BC is a profusion of natural beauty, adventure and history.
An alpine paradise called the Bulkley Valley lies between the Hudson Bay and the Babine mountain ranges. It is located midpoint between Prince Rupert and Prince George on the highway 16 corridor in northwest BC. The highway runs through this alpine valley providing a panorama of stunning natural beauty and a multitude of opportunities to experience the joys of rural lifestyles in northern B.C..
This valley is home not only to pristine alpine meadows, world famous salmon bearing rivers, cross-country, downhill and heli-skiing, big and small game hunting, eco-hiking, river rafting and music festivals. It is also home to family farming, large and small scale forestry and mining operations, idyllic small towns and villages and a century of history waiting to be discovered by curious visitors.
December 9, 2010
BV Museum Receives Inaugural Tourism Excellence Award
Press Release: October 26, 2010
SMITHERS: The Smithers District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Bulkley Valley Museum was the inaugural winner of the Tourism Excellence Award, presented at the Community and Business Awards held Saturday, October 23 at the Aspen Inn in Smithers. This award is sponsored by Tourism Smithers and the BV Museum was announced the winner for its contribution to Cultural Tourism in the Valley, both for the unique exhibits developed and on dis- play at the museum annually, and for its expansion of the exhibits to include moving the displays to local businesses in the creation of the highly successful Smithers Culture Crawl.
Chamber president George Whitehead said, “All of this year’s finalists have contributed to a highly successful year for the area’s tourism industry. Smithers has established itself as a leading northern British Columbian tourist destination and the Chamber recognizes the high value cultural tourism plays in attracting visitors to our area. We are honoured to present the preservers of our history, and the creators of new opportunities to showcase our cultural uniqueness, with this pres- tigious award.”
“Finalists should be justifiably proud of their achievements and the Chamber of Commerce is privileged to organize an event and evening that pays tribute to the hard work and dedication of major contributors to our tourism industry. Congratulations to the Bulkley Valley Museum on be- ing this year’s award winner in the Tourism Category.”Tweet
February 8, 2010
Normal Leach Lecture Tour Announced
In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Feb 14, 1950, crash of the U.S. B36 bomber in the Kispiox, north of the Hazeltons, the Bulkley Valley Museum is hosting a lecture tour by the celebrated Canadian historian, author and U. of Calgary lecturer, Norman Leach, who has written the seminal account of this aviation disaster, “Broken Arrow – America’s First Lost Nuclear Weapon”. Norman will give a lecture on the crash of the B36 and the controversy of its Fat Man atomic bomb payload at 7:00 pm on Saturday, Feb 13th, at the Old Church.
Norman has won numerous awards for his books as well as working as an historical advisor on many TV documentaries (including History Channel programmes) and the Canadian feature film Passchendaele on which he collaborated with the famous Canadian producer and film star, Paul Gross.
“Norman is an easy going, low-maintenance kind of guy” according to BV Museum director, Fergus Tomlin. As proof, Fergus cites how Norman agreed to participate in a silent auction fundraiser for the BV Museum. The winning family of the BV Museum’s silent auction will host Norman Leach as a dinner guest on Sunday evening, Feb 14. Imagine inviting your friends and your children’s friends over for dinner with one of Canada’s famous historians.
Fergus will escort Norman to speak in high schools, libraries and museums between Houston and Terrace. This is all part of the BV Museum’s policy of putting the spotlight on our engrossing local history.
For further information, contact the BV Museum at:
Phone No: (250) 847-5322
Norman Leach’s resume:
“Canadian Battles – Canada’s Victories on Land, Sea and in the Air”
“Passchendaele – Canada’s Triumph and Tragedy on the Fields of Flanders” (Canadian Best Seller, Saskatchewan Book Award Winner)
“Broken Arrow – America’s First Lost Nuclear Weapon”
“Peacekeepers” (Crystal Award Winner)
“Great Military Leaders” (Crystal Award Winner)
“Hitler’s Stealth Fighter” Producer, Michael Jorgensen
“Passchendaele” Producer, Paul Gross
“The Road to Passchendaele” Producer, Kevin Krist
“Hunt for the Mad Trapper” Producer, Michael Jorgensen
Sponsors of the Norman Leach lecture tour:
Bulkley Valley Credit Union
Steakhouse on Main, Smithers
Oscar’s Source for Sports
Interior News, Black Press
Hoskins Ford Sales Ltd.
Harley Davidson of Smithers
Town of Smithers
Bulkley-Nechako Regional District
BC Arts Council
February 8, 2010
BV Museum celebrates 2010 Olympics with new skiing exhibit
IN CELEBRATION OF THE 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS, THE BULKLEY VALLEY MUSEUM PRESENTS
SKIING AROUND HUDSON BAY MOUNTAIN 1930 – 1950
A retrospective look at the introduction and evolution of skiing around Hudson Bay Mountain in the heart of the beautiful Bulkley Valley.
This exhibition features the contribution of Swedish and Norwegian immigrants to the sport of skiing and the construction of the first ski jumps in Smithers. Using homemade skis and poles, these pioneer skiing men and women fostered a passion for skiing in northern B.C.
This exhibition tells the story of the role of a special mountain in the winter sports culture of northern B.C.
Jan 15 to May 7, 2010
9 – 5pm, Monday – Friday
Admission by donation
Tour groups welcome
Bulkley Valley Museum, Smithers
February 8, 2010
Enter the silent auction to win Norman Leach as your dinner guest
Enter the silent auction to win Norman Leach as your
dinner guest on Sunday evening, Feb 14, 2010.
Share your guest, Norman Leach, acclaimed Canadian Historian
and author, with your family and friends for a
Telephone: (250) 847-5322
July 3, 2009
Museum Launches New Web Site
The BV Musuem, with the support of The Heritage Legacy Fund of BC, has commisioned the design of a new web site. This site will be used to showcase current exhibits and cultural events at the Museum and within the Bulkley Valley.Tweet Tweet
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