Deborah Chapman

It's a lot of boxes! The first day we moved 180 - and then we stopped counting

Moving a museum collection isn’t like moving a house full of things. According to Movers.com the average 3 bedroom household requires an average of 75 to 90 boxes. Lindsay Ault, Haney’s Registrar of Collections packed the first room - the rolling shelving room. Lindsay filled 180 boxes, double the maximum needed to move the average home. This is the collection’s second move in 28 years. I was there for the first and the artefact and archival collections have grown. In 1990...

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Acknowledging an unceded territory

The monthly board meeting was scheduled for June 19th, but when Irene LaBoucane, District Principal of Indigenous Education for School District 83, Mishel Quaal, and Digital Media Instructor Brent Chudiak came out to view the Montebello they had a proposal for a rental on the same day. Susan agreed to take on another event. The School Board needed a space to hang the Knowledge Keepers, to honour the participants in the exhibit, and for a celebration with the four area bands – Neskonlith,...

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We're moving south!

There’s a lot happening in the basement of the current museum and archives. Contractors have installed the rolling shelving in the Montebello Museum. Getting ready for them meant staff and volunteers emptied the shelving in the archives.

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Family Fills in the Blanks

It started with an email from a Vernon researcher. “I’m looking into the stories behind the people who were imprisoned in Vernon Internment Camp during World War I.  They were thought to be enemy sympathisers because they were born in the Austria-Hungarian Empire." “Do you know anything about Henry Puff? He and his dad served briefly in Vernon,” Don McNair wrote in an email. I knew Henry and August but didn’t know they had been interned.   I knew...

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In March we had great news!

Applications for funding are a big part of winter work at the museum. We’ve recently been told that MAP, the Museum Assistance Program (part of the Cultural Spaces Fund under the umbrella of Heritage Canada), has awarded the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Association with the funds to install two sets of rails for our rolling shelving. Funding from Young Canada Works, delivered by the Canadian Museums Association, has funded a Registrar of Collections for the Curatorial Department,...

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120 Hudson SE

When S.H. (Sam) Lawrence opened his jewellery and fancy goods store in 1907 he must have thought he was filling a market niche.

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Bank of Hamilton

Enduring heritage. Buildings and construction ideas that stand the test of time. A novel idea at a time when Salmon Arm is experiencing a construction boom.

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Spring & we're getting it done!

As Tobias Jöhren and his crewmembers Riley and Gary, close in on finishing the backside of the Montebello Museum, there’s laughter in the air. The snow is gone and the weather has warmed. Winter clothing discarded, the crew is preparing for the final stretch. Tobi has been awarded the contract for the Observer, Telephone Exchange, Palmer’s Family Butcher, and Lingford’s Photo Studio. It is the fussy work with carefully worked out details that will make the difference.

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