Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An Artifact of the Week to Dance in!

During the jive days of the 1950s, when cultural icons Elvis and James Dean influenced the fashion of the youth, saddle shoes like these donated by Alice Reed, were all the craze. These shoes could be worn with a lady’s poodle skirt and bobby-socks or a man’s trouser and looked good with nearly everything in between which might be why they became so popular. The versatility and comfort of the shoes led to them being worn for nearly every occasion, especially dances!

The museum invites you to a family-friendly, free event this Saturday, the 26th of July from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. In celebration of the centenaries of the Village of Peace River Crossing, the Fire Department and the Record Gazette, the Town of Peace River is hosting a historic street dance in front of the museum with food donated by Freson Bros. and live music by local talent as well as The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, joining us from Edmonton. We invite you to dress in dance attire from the decade of your choice within the last 100 years. So get out your poodle skirts, shine up your saddle shoes, and come dance with us to celebrate!

PRMA 99.58.1 A-B: Saddle shoes

Friday, July 18, 2014

This weekend with the Museum!

Join the Peace River Museum staff this weekend for two fun events. On Saturday, we will be at the 12' Davis Gravesite for Parks Day, along with Alberta Parks and Northern Sunrise County. Bear Smart, Park Awareness and Fire Smart will all be featured, along with on site interpretation about 12 Foot Davis, family crafts, musicians and of course, cake! 

Celebrating Alberta Parks Day at this historic landscape will create greater awareness about our environment and our social history. 

On Sunday July 20th, our Heritage Interpreter Christina will be on site at the St. Augustine Mission Church, along Shaftesbury Trail, from 1 - 4 pm. Tour the church and the cemetery to learn more about the Roman Catholic Mission from 1888 to 1952.

All of these events are free and we hope to see you there!

PRMA 75.657.060  St. Augustine Mission Church 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Artist of the Month - Rhonda Warren

Our Art Wall this month features the works of Rhonda G. Warren: a visual artist of many mediums. She paints with watercolours and acrylics, fabric paints on silk, and works in the arts of mask making, papermaking, wet felting, and photography.

Rhonda's northern Alberta roots have instilled in her a strong appreciation for the natural environment and all that it has to offer. She often incorporates natural materials into her works of art.

Rhonda's love of art expands beyond her own work: she works with a kids' art club and organizes various art events. She also makes sure to visit as many art events as she possibly can.

Visit the Museum to see a sample of Rhonda's work and make a stop in the Gift Shop where she has a few pieces for sale.

Rhonda G. Warren standing by her art work

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Artifact of the Week and a Street Dance

This week's featured artifact is a record by Patti Page. This artifact is a particularly fitting choice as we come ever closer to our 100th celebration dance.

This Patti Page record was donated to the museum by CKYL. Well known for being one of the most illustrious artists of the 1950s and '60s, Page sold over 100 million records throughout her career. 

This record, entitled Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte, was released in 1965 and features the hit single of the same title, released a year earlier. The song Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte was featured in a 1964 film, also of the same name, starring Betty Davis. The single was nominated for an academy award in ’64 and went on to become one of Page’s best known songs.

The countdown is on: we're only 18 days away from the dance! On Saturday, July 26th, 2014, join us on the street in front of the Museum, from 4 - 10 pm, for an historic street dance. Enjoy the musical talents of local musicians as well as the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels of Edmonton as we dance our way through the decades. 

Come dressed in attire from your favourite decade of the last hundred years to celebrate the centenaries of the Village of Peace River Crossing, the Fire Department and the Record-Gazette. 
PRMA 98.1.8

Friday, July 4, 2014

Historic Tours start tonight!

Hi, my name is Christina Sasseville. I am a heritage interpreter here at the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre. As a summer student employed through Young Canada Works, so far I have been involved with school programming, tours, and the museum gift shop. In July and August I will be offering heritage interpretation at three heritage sites: St. Augustine, Mackenzie Cairn, and Twelve Foot Davis. Tours begin on July 4, continuing until August 24. These tours will be a great opportunity for teachers, locals, or visitors to learn more about the Peace Country and the significance of each heritage site.

In total, there will be six St. Augustine tours, four Twelve Foot Davis tours, and two Mackenzie Cairn tour opportunities. I hope you to see you at one of the sites. Have a great summer!

Drop by at any time during the scheduled times below. 

St. Augustine: Provincial Historic Site, Shaftesbury Trail, River Lot 22, Highway 684. 
  • Friday, July 4, 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Sunday, July 13, 2:30 - 4:30 pm 
  • Sunday, July 20, 1 - 4 pm 
  • Sunday, August 3, 1 - 4 pm 
  • Sunday, August 10, 2:30 - 4:30 pm 
  • Sunday, August 24, 1 - 4 pm 

 Twelve Foot Davis: Fairgrounds Road off Highway #2 South.
  • Saturday, July 5, 2 - 4 pm
  • Saturday, July 19, 2 - 4 pm
  • Friday, August 17, 2 - 4 pm
  • Sunday, August 22, 6:30 - 8 pm 

Mackenzie Cairn: National Historic Site, Shaftesbury Trail, River Lot 19, Highway 684.
  • Sunday, July 13, 11 - 1:30 pm
  • Sunday, August 10, 11 - 1:30 pm
Tonight's tour takes place at St. Augustine Mission site from 6:30 - 8 pm. 

Please Complete our Survey

The Peace River Museum is creating a Five Year Strategic Plan and we would appreciate your help. Your response to the following survey will help ensure that our goals and objectives are centered on creating a dynamic community museum that is responsive to the surrounding community and the visiting public. The survey is open from July 2nd to August 31, 2014.

To take the survey, please click here.

We are a community resource that preserves and celebrates local heritage through exhibits, programs, research and collections. Our current plan has guided us in our exhibits, programs, and research for the last 6 years, and this new plan, when completed, will guide us for 2014 - 2019.

This survey follows a community consultation session that was held in May and a discussion session held by the Advisory Board of the Museum and Museum Employees in June. The information from both of these sessions, along with responses from the above survey, will be integral to the creation of an effective and community-centered Five Year Strategic Plan.

Once completed, the Five Year Strategic Plan will be available to the public in October of 2014. It will be accessible via this blog and through the Museum's website.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Celebrating Canada Day in the Town of Peace River!

JULY 1st, 2014 - The Town of Peace River Canada Day Ceremonies will begin at the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre at the new time of 1:30pm this year. The flag raising ceremonies will be graced by the tones of local piper Nancy Westad, as she pipes in members from the RCMP Local Detachment and the Squadron #124 Air Cadets, followed by Mayor Tom Tarpey and Métis 6 President Sylvia Johnson, who will be welcoming everyone to the afternoon's event.
We look forward to seeing many decorated bicycles this year for the walking parade over to the activities in Riverfront Park.
Thanks to Norman Brownlee of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, there are two 'ready to plant' Silver Maple Trees at the Museum for lucky winners who participate in the Canada Day Trivia Contest.
The Museum will be open from 10am to 5pm with FREE ADMISSION. Thank you to Town Council!
See you there!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Artist of the Month - Katy Gill

The featured artist for the month of June is Katy Gill. Katy has recently arrived in Peace River, from Toronto. Her acrylic paintings evoke a sense of interconnectedness she feels with nature and the contemporary world around her. Her introspective journeys into the relationships between the earth's flora and fauna and human-animal awareness are reflected in works like "Too fast, too young" which speaks to the power and the demise of the bison. Another piece depicts Angelique LePretre, a Beaver woman, who was a historical figure in the Town of Peace River. 

Katy is also an accomplished poet and creative writer. You will be able to read some of her compositions on this same art wall. 

The art wall is sponsored by the Peace of Art club and the Museum is thankful for their contributions to our exhibits. 
A close-up of one portion of Katy Gill's piece "Too fast, too young".

Friday, June 13, 2014

Heritage on the Run – perpetuation of the past into the future

The year 2014 is significant in the annals of Peace River history. It is the 100th anniversary of Peace River Crossing becoming a village; the 47th year for the Museum; and the 18th year of the Heritage Run, organized by the Peace River Running Club and proudly hosted by the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre.

What a Heritage Run year it was. People from the region and beyond – runners, walkers, teams of adults and students combined to burgeon the numbers to 180. Add to that, the number of children, who showed their unbridled enthusiasm in the Kids Race and the large number of spectators that swarmed the Museum grounds and along the heritage-laden dike race route – the turnout was huge.

Participants said it was an excellent day to run/walk. Spectators managed to find their place in the sun. All was well.

There were, as always, many beneficiaries of this annual event – the Museum the monetary one, as proceeds from the Run are donated to the Museum.

The Peace River Running Club Committee and Museum staff thank all participants, spectators, as well as Tim Horton’s and the many other sponsors for their support without whom the event would not continue to be a success.
Runners, walkers and spectators gather 'round in anticipation to listen to route instructions prior to 2014 Heritage Run. 

The Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre staff thank the Peace River Running Club Organizing Committee for its generosity over the years.