Museum Mysteries: Dating the Smithers Panorama

“When was that taken?” If you’ve been in the Old Church, or the office of the Bulkley Valley Museum, you’ve seen it: a beautiful panoramic view of Smithers in its earliest days. Second Avenue runs up the centre of the image, with the snow-covered Hudson Bay Mountain behind. Stumps cover the ground, and the St. […]

Summer Employment with the BV Museum

The Bulkley Valley Museum in Smithers, British Columbia is seeking applicants for its two (2) Museum Assistant summer student positions. Please note that the final number of positions available and the duration of employment are conditional on final approval from the funding bodies, Young Canada Works and/or Canada Summer Jobs. Salary: $14/hour Hours: 35 hours/week […]

The Interior News: Now available ONLINE!

Last month, Newspapers.com digitized the Interior News from the microfilmed editions stored in our archives. Now anyone with an internet connection and a subscription to Newspapers.com can search our local paper from 1910 to 2007! This is a big deal for BV Museum staff. One of our many jobs at the museum is to help […]

Smithers’ Famous Photographer: Gilbert Clarke Killam

The following blog post was written by Dirk Mendel and Harry Kruisselbrink and originally published in the March 2016 edition of “Autumn Leaves”, the newsletter of the Smithers Senior Citizens Association. Early Life and the Klondike Gilbert Clark Killam was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on March 6th, 1863 to John and Lucy Killam. Gilbert’s […]

Behind the Scenes: Digitizing Oversized Records

One of the goals under the BV Museum’s Strategic Plan is increasing engagement with and access to our collection items in the digital realm. Digitization has been a primary focus of our Museum over the past few years, beginning with the launch of our Collections Online website in 2016 (thanks to funding from the Documentary […]

Museum Mysteries: Fire Photos

Burning Questions While browsing the Museum’s photo collection last summer, we came across a mystery: four photos showing the aftermath of a major fire. They had no associated information: no date, no donor, and no location aside from a note saying “Smithers BC”. There are many unidentified photos in the Museum’s collection. However, we found […]