What we are
Valley Museum and Archives was incorporated in 1985. The intention was to collect and preserve information and artifacts from the Robson Valley. The museum and library cooperated to expand the building on Dominion Street in McBride, creating museum display space. Some past displays have been paleontology including local specimens, cameras, nursing, forestry and locally made items of wood, toys, and household items. Local artists are regularly showcased, including group shows by valley children.
In April of 2016, after months of planning, the Regional District of Fraser Fort George, on behalf of the Valley Museum and McBride Library, put forward an assent of the voters to the constituents in the greater McBride area (Dome Creek – North Croydon). The voters chose to purchase a newer building to house the Library and Museum – 521 Main Street. Previously a sled shop and commercial garage, the building required extensive renovations – particularly in the museum’s portion. Through the acquisition of several large grants, the Museum was able to complete its renovations and together on May 29th of 2018 (a little over two full years later), the library and Museum opened their new doors to the public.
The Archives, now stored on site in an a fireproof archival vault, holds an extensive collection of local photographs and documents most of which are also preserved on CD and on the Web. There is an ongoing search for material to collect or scan to ensure that it is retained for this area.
The museums artifacts, which were all stored off site in the past, are now all stored on the property in a detached building. The Valley Museum and Archives has been active in promoting renewal of the McBride Railway station, which is a heritage building, and has given support for maintaining other heritage buildings in the area. Members are also available to make presentations on aspects of local history to interested organizations and in the schools. Valley Museum and Archives is presently in need of new members. All are welcome to join, but especially those who are willing to be active. Membership is $10 per year. Contact 250-569-3000.
Meet The Team
The wonderful people who help make this all possible.
Heather works as the curator/manager for the museum. She has been with the museum in this role for 3 years. From the design of the new space to the set up of shows and management of employees, archives and artifacts, Heather is pretty much a one woman operation for the majority of the year. Every summer she is thrilled to get summer students and every new volunteer that steps forward to help is an added bonus. Heather has a bachelor's degree from UNBC in History, Human Geography and Political Science, a teaching degree from SFU, and her masters in Education from SFU. Prior to beginning at the museum, Heather was teaching full time at McBride Secondary School.
Scan, save, measure, research, type, research more, upload, repeat. Jessica's days, while somewhat repetitive, are always interesting. This is the second summer that we have managed to snag Jessica at the museum, and we are thrilled to have her back in her role as archival assistant. Once a week we manage to coerce her out of the office to share her time and skills in teaching one of our hands on activities with the public. She is however more than happy to visit us on her day off when we are making ice cream.
Still in high school, Jael is one of our two summer students for the 2018 tourist season. Five days a week Jael offers hands on activities for visitors and locals to participate in and provides a free guided walking tour of downtown McBride. While not engaged with the public directly, Jael has been working with Jessica on our digitization project.