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August 2017

Asian Canadians of Smithers 1913-1953

August 1, 2017 @ 9:00 am - January 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Bulkley Valley Museum, 1425 Main Street
Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Canada
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Asian Canadians of Smithers

Through census data, newspapers, family testimony, oral histories, and published secondary sources, this exhibit examines the experiences of early Chinese and Japanese Canadian residents of Smithers from 1913 to 1953.

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April 2018

INFLUENZA: The Spanish Flu in Smithers

April 12, 2018 - August 6, 2019
Bulkley Valley Museum, 1425 Main Street
Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Canada

In 1918 a deadly virus swept across a world already suffering from the losses of the First World War. What became known as the "Spanish Flu" would leave few untouched, whether they were sick themselves, or lost family and friends. Our exhibit INFLUENZA: The Spanish Flu in Smithers marks the 100th anniversary of this pandemic, tracing the spread of the virus to Smithers. Learn how our community, which had no doctor or hospital of its own at the time, was…

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February 2019

What We Wore: An Exhibition of Clothing, Shoes and Hats

February 15, 2019 - August 10, 2019
Bulkley Valley Museum, 1425 Main Street
Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Canada

Economics, work, play, preference, pleasure, practicality, rites of passage — each of these are reflected in the clothing we wear.  The clothing in our collection was donated for a particular reason - ties to local historical events and people, memories of past fashions and years gone by, clothing marking special occasions. Each item tells us about the past residents of our community - what they valued, what they enjoyed, how they lived. This temporary exhibit features clothing, shoes, hats and…

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August 2019

100 Years of the Fall Fair

August 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - March 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

100 Years of the Fall Fair celebrates the history and culture of the Smithers Fall Fair, also known as the Bulkley Valley Exhibition through artifacts, oral histories, and dozens of photographs both from the Museum's collection and contributed by community members.

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March 2020

BV Museum temporarily closed to the public

March 17, 2020 - May 30, 2020

The BV Museum is currently closed to the public. The office remains open for phone calls (250-847-5322) and emails (info@bvmuseum.org), so please continue to connect with us about future Old Church bookings, research questions, etc. We are also generating new digital museum content on our blog and Facebook page. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Museum!

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June 2020

From the Back Room

June 1, 2020 - November 19, 2021

Inspired by our annual summer newspaper series From the Back Room, published by the Smithers Interior News, this exhibition features artifacts from the Museum's collection that have either never been displayed before, or have not been displayed for a long time. Some are weird, some are wonderful, some are just fun to reminisce about!

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March 2021

BC’s First Village: 100th Anniversary of Smithers’ Incorporation

March 12, 2021 - January 30, 2022

One hundred years ago, in 1921, Smithers become the first village in British Columbia to incorporate under the Village Municipalities Act. The Bulkley Valley Museum is marking this anniversary with a new exhibit that discusses the history of the pre-incorporation citizen government, the Smithers Citizens' Association, how incorporation came to be, who was excluded from early municipal affairs, and how this anniversary has been marked in the past. This exhibit features documents, artifacts, and photographs from the museum's collection, including…

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November 2021

Our Living Languages

November 25, 2021 - May 31, 2022

On loan from the Royal BC Museum, this special traveling exhibition encourages Canadians to learn more about the challenges faced by Indigenous communities in British Columbia as they work to revitalize their languages. British Columbia is known as a linguistic "hotspot" because of the diversity and vitality of Indigenous languages in the province - 34 of the 60 Indigenous languages spoken in Canada can be heard in British Columbia. All 34 are represented in this exhibit. This exhibit was developed…

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