Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Fourth Annual Unchaga: Run in Peace, May 1, 2011

Unchaga is the Cree word for Peace. Unchaga: Run in Peace, begins at the Shaftesbury Ferry and follows the scenic and historic Shaftesbury Trail along the Peace River. The history of the Trail begins with the Beaver and Cree Nations and continues through Alexander Mackenzie on to settlement in more recent times.

As with past races, a First Nations blessing will be received prior to the race/walk.

All distances are out and back and hills are involved. The 5K turns at the bottom of the first hill. The 10K turns at the Brick’s Hill turn-off. The 20K proceeds up (and down) a 600-foot gain over 3.5K. This makes this choice a challenge. Those who completed the 20K indicate it rivals many of the tough and technical half marathons in Alberta. The payback for climbing Brick’s Hill is turning around to a downhill run where one has a great view of the Mighty Peace.

Awards consist of participant medallion dog tags: Gold for completing the 20K; Silver for the 10K; and Bronze for the 5K. Other awards will depend on donations.

Profits, if any, will be donated to the Peace Regional Outreach Campus.
Past groups to have received donations were: Grimshaw and District Agricultural Society (2008); the Weekend to End Breast Cancer (2009); and the Peace River Women’s Shelter (2010).

Registration Fee: $25/runner, payable to: Wolves Athletic Club

Contacts: 780-332 -1102 or 780- 263-2667

Information from the Fourth Annual Unchaga: Run in Peace brochure (used with permission).

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy Easter!

The Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre is open for Easter. Here are our hours:

Friday, April 22: closed
Saturday, April 23: 10 am - 4:30 pm (If you wear a hat to the Museum on April 23rd and get in FREE admission!)
Sunday, April 24: closed
Monday, April 25: 11 am - 5 pm

And you can also join us April 23rd between 1-3 pm to make Easter Bonnets.

We hope everyone has a lovely Easter weekend.

Peace River Genealogy Society presentation: Liliane Maisonneuve Lavoie

The Peace River & District Genealogy Society will be hosting Lilian Maisonneuve Lavoie tonight, Thursday, April 21st at 7 pm to talk about her experiences researching her French Canadian and Métis roots. Liliane will be speaking at the the Peace River Library's temporary location (the Industrial Arts building next to Peace River High School) and will be of great interest to anyone who is looking for help in or is doing their own research into French Canadian and Métis backgrounds.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chop Suey Stories: The Peace Region Chinese Community memories

Our next group of posts will be featuring stories and snippets that have been gathered as a result of our current exhibit: Chop Suey on the Prairies.

From the Peace River Record Gazette, September 21, 1966:
"Funeral Service for the late Dan Soo Der, 73, of Grimshaw, was conducted at the Howard and McBride Funeral Chapel in Edmonton, September 17.
Mr. Soo, who died at his home in Grimshaw September 12, was a well-known resident of the Peace River District having operated restaurants in Grimshaw, Peace River and Dawson Creek.
He came to Grimshaw in 1928 and operated the Royal Cafe since that time except for a few years during World War Two when he operated his Dawson Creek cafe.
Born in Canton, China in 1893, Mr. Soo immigrated to Canada in 1910 and worked at Nelson, B.C. and other points in Western Canada. In 1916, he returned to China and married Miss Fong Kim Tai.
While in business in Grimshaw, he earned a reputation of being one who could always be relied upon to support all community projects...A service was held at the B.P.O. Elks Hall in Grimshaw September 14 and remains were forwarded to Edmonton for internment.
Officiating at the service in Grimshaw was Rev. W. Kranendonk. Nixon's Funeral Home of Peace River was in charge of arrangements."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Artist of the Peace: Sonia Rosychuk

For just over two years now, the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre have been working with artists of the region to put their work on display. Our Art Wall, in the front area of the Museum rotates on a monthly basis to showcase the talent that the Peace Region has to offer.

To view only the Artist of the Peace, there is FREE admission! (A nominal $2 admission applies for the rest of Museum.)

For the month of April, we have Sonia Rosychuck. She says about her art: "The work I create comes from thing I value, issues that concern me and beliefs I hold dear. This art is the result of my love and reverence of our natural envrionment and the challenge of using found or recycled materials to reduce consumption and waste..."

We also would like to thank Rhonda Warren, of the Peace River Art Club for her tireless work scheduling our Artists of the Peace!