A Century of Service: the Bulkley Valley District Hospital Auxiliary

This June marks the 100-year anniversary of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital Auxiliary. This volunteer-run society, which has provided financial and material support to the Hospital since its beginning, may well be the oldest service organization in the Valley. The official centennary celebration has been postponed due to COVID-19, but we at the Bulkley Valley […]

Asian Heritage Month: Mah Yoke Tong and the Smithers Bakery

At a time when anti-Asian hate crimes are on the rise within our province and our country, the Bulkley Valley Museum strongly condemns all acts of racist harassment, intimidation, and violence towards the Asian-Canadian community. We urge Canadians to treat one another with dignity and respect. This blog post marks the close of Asian Heritage […]

Newspaper Supplements: A Peek into the (Recent) Past

  Although our doors are currently closed to the public, the staff of the Bulkley Valley Museum are still hard at work preserving our community’s heritage. Recently, we rediscovered a collection of over 125 newspapers from Smithers and the Bulkley Valley area. Many of these were supplements to the Interior News, while others were independent […]

Accusations of Arson: The Curious Case of E.C. Dawson

From January to May of 1933 a sensational story captured the headlines of the Smithers Interior News. “Fire Probe Conducted,” proclaimed a prominent title on January 25th. “Dawson to Face Charge of Arson” was the update on February 22nd. Three of the four pages of the April 5th edition were taken up by an account […]

The Dave Havard Story in World War II

The following story was written by Smithers historian Harry Kruisselbrink and is republished here with permission from the author. The year 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The BC/Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion has decided that this year it will “focus on the 75th Anniversary of […]

Hands-On History: Become a Curator at Home

Become a Curator: Create an Exhibit About You In this activity, you will become a Curator. Curators work in museums, and one of their jobs is to create exhibits for visitors like you. You can participate in this activity by reading the instructions below, or, watch this short video on our Youtube channel. What is […]

Imagine the Past: In Colour

BV Museum staff recently came across a fun little web tool called MyHeritage In Colour that helps you imagine how the past really looked by uploading photos for colourization. In order to upload photos to MyHeritage you are asked to create a free account**, but more adventurous users looking to experiment can also work with […]

Summer 2020 Employment Opportunities

Summer Employment Opportunities at the Bulkley Valley Museum The Bulkley Valley Museum is seeking applicants for two (2) Museum Assistant summer positions. Please note that the final number of positions available and the duration of employment are conditional on final approval from the funding bodies, and the needs of the Museum. SALARY : $15/hour + […]

Colour Our Collection Contest

With the Museum temporarily closed to the public to help stop the spread of Covid-19, we’re missing our kid visitors and the colourful drawings they create as part of our Museum Scavenger Hunt. So, we’ve decided to join the colouring page trend! Several museums and archives around the world have created colouring pages from images […]