Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Place in Mind: The Search for Authenticity by Avi Friedman

We are excited to host another author in June, one Dr. Avi Friedman, who was also the contractor for our Town's recent Downtown Revitalization and Tourism Action Plans.

Dr. Friedman has written a new book, "A Place in Mind: The Search for Authenticity" and will be at the Museum on June 11th at 7pm to give a short presentation about his new work.

from Vehicule Press:

"...Avi Friedman conveys his excitement at discovering people-friendly places - antidotes to social isolation. Searching for good places - authentic places - and wondering about the disappearance of others, are at the heart of A Place in Mind..."

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The 2010 Heritage Run

The annual Heritage Run is held by the Peace River Running Club with proceeds going to us!
It is being held on Sunday, June 13, 2010. There are 5 different choices for all levels of interest:
Half Marathon
10 km individual run
5 km individual run
5 x 2 km relay
5 km walk

The half marathon event begins at 8 am with all others beginning at 8:30 am. Registration forms can be picked up at the Museum (10302 99th Street).

We truly appreciate the work that the Running Club does each year and the runners who have participated over the years. We encourage everyone to come participate in the event!

For more information, please contact Frits Dijk at or Marian Craig at

Monday, May 24, 2010

Shirlee Mattheson visits the Peace River Country

We are excited to welcome Shirlee Matheson to the north. With the aid of the Peace River Air Show Committee, the Museum will be hosting Shirlee on June 1st at 7pm where she will be reading from her new book, "Amazing Flights and Flyers". One of the chapters, "The Murphys of Musk-Ox Lake" tells the tale of Peace River's Neill Murphy who worked in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories for many years, first with his father, a trapper and later as an engineer for Yellowknife Airways. According to Alberta History magazine editor, Hugh Dempsey, "Author Matheson interviewed him [Neill Murphy] at length and so the stories take on a personal touch as they deal with accomplishments, disasters, and the adventures of Northern aviation." (Spring 2010).
We hope you will be able to join us on June 1st to meet Shirlee and get your copy of any of her amazing books autographed!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Highlights of Our Collection

This photograph, from the Edward Whittaker fonds, shows the team of geologists who travelled north along through the Peace River region, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and the Yukon between 1916 and 1921. This collection of beautiful photographs is available for researchers at the Peace River Archives.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

More Highlights of our collection

These four fine, young officers of Peace River in the 1930s show off their bloodhound, Melody, who appears to be not cooperating for the shoot.