New Valley Museum and Archives opens its doors

Dianne St. Jean

As the display says, if you know, let them know!
As the display says, if you know, let them know!
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Monday evening, May 28 was the soft opening for the new home of the Valley Museum and Archives in McBride.

The opening was meant to give members of founding families of the McBride area a private first look at the displays.

The museum and library, also newly renovated, were open to the public the next day on Tuesday morning, May 29.

The new facility is the result of many volunteer hours and input from the community. 

The skillfully carved inside doors and outside posts is the handiwork of Dale Stevens, and many of the wildlife displays were donated by Richard and Clara Allen from the Dome Creek area, as well as Bryan Monroe.

The main displays feature family names such as Shovar, Taggart, Monroe, Rosin, McCarty, Lamming, Long, Kolida, MacKinnon, and Pawloske. Family members donated the items and family photographs on display.

There are also other interesting historical items to look at, as well as handmade local crafts for purchase.

According to Don and Diane Smith, who hosted the event delightfully dressed for the historical occasion, the work to complete the museum was accomplished in under a year, but was an intense labour of love, with many, many volunteer hours.

Overall the design and displays are very enjoyable and educational and something that the community of McBride can be proud of.

Want to know what animal has that type of skull, come here and find out!
Want to know what animal has that type of skull, come here and find out!
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McCarty and Lamming family displays are some of several in the museum, all with interesting histories.
McCarty and Lamming family displays are some of several in the museum, all with interesting histories.
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Standing under a family photograph of herself and her sisters, Nadine is the little girl on the far right in the photograph. Meeting the actual people that are in the displays really brings the history to life.

family display.
Standing under a family photograph of herself and her sisters, Nadine is the little girl on the far right in the photograph. Meeting the actual people that are in the displays really brings the history to life. family display.
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Wildlife displays strategically placed high on the walls adds extra appeal. Donated by Bryan Monroe and Richard and Clara Allen.
Wildlife displays strategically placed high on the walls adds extra appeal. Donated by Bryan Monroe and Richard and Clara Allen.
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New Valley Museum and Archives opens its doors
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L-R  Ray and Luella Long and daughter Janice beside their family display.
L-R Ray and Luella Long and daughter Janice beside their family display.
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Brothers Mike (left) and Bryan (right) standing beside their Monroe family display.
family display.
Brothers Mike (left) and Bryan (right) standing beside their Monroe family display. family display.
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Sherry McFarland (nee Kolida) told some interesting stories about her father Steve after whom the Park in McBride is named after.
Sherry McFarland (nee Kolida) told some interesting stories about her father Steve after whom the Park in McBride is named after.
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Don and Diane Smith’s attire enriched the historical atmosphere as they hosted the soft opening of the new Valley Museum and Archives facility Monday evening, May 28.
Don and Diane Smith’s attire enriched the historical atmosphere as they hosted the soft opening of the new Valley Museum and Archives facility Monday evening, May 28.
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