Living in Northern BC has never been easy, but from our Trappers Cabin and displays from early Mackenzie to our Surveyors Maps, Mackenzie & District Museum gives you a glimpse into the lives of many people – including some names history has unjustly forgotten, who have lead the way to making this area such a great place to live and play.
There were explorers like our namesake, Alexander Mackenzie. Surveyors like Frank Swannell, Father Maurice and Gerald Smedley Andrews. Trappers and our first settlers like Marge and Roy MacDougall, Joe Berghammer, and founding families like the Van Somers, Witters, Eriksons, Pooles, Pierres and Toodicks – to name just a few! We have displays on the prominent people of early Mackenzie including Ernie Bodin, Ray Williston, and Allan Sheppard.
In addition to all of our displays and pictures, we have been expanding our gift shop with a collection of books about local history. We are proud to feature three books by Prince George author and historian Jack Boudreu, as well as our local favourite “Crooked River Rats” which is all about the men and women who travelled the river highways of the Crooked and Parsnip Rivers.
If you are looking up a relative, a friend of a friend, or just doing research, we want the Museum to be a hands-on, interactive store of memories, to ensure so the names and stories of the people who contributed to our local history are not forgotten. Are you from the area with a story to share or know of someone with a great story that needs to be shared?
Start a conversation with us with an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also encouraging the sharing of memories and stories on our Facebook Page where we post a photo a week:http://facebook.com/mackenziemuseum. If you would like to send a photo that you know others would like to see, send it to us and we will post it.
Our hours are 10 am to 2 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, September to June. During July and August we are open 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
This article was published in the Golden Raven magazine, Summer 2012