From Marge MacDougall’s paintings depicting the aboriginal people she met at Finlay Forks, to Mackenzie Times first newspaper, and pictures of times gone by, the staff at the Mackenzie & District Museum have noticed that the artifacts that people come to see, and the ones they come back to see again and again, are the ones with stories.
An old iron, a set of manual hair clippers, or an old map comes alive when their history is told. Age does not matter, you either remember using it or how did your parents survive using it. It work the opposite way too, stories come alive when you can touch what you’re talking about.
We have several exciting projects in the works that will help us tell the stories of all the people in the Mackenzie and area – from our First Nations neighbours whose generations have walked this land to our trappers, prospectors, homesteaders, explorers, and industry that came to explore. There are lots of stories to tell, some may seem like a tall tale, we want the museum to become a library of stories.
Over the next year we will be transforming our museum from a collection of items to an interactive story. We are also launching an Oral History Program to get personal stories from current and past residence of our area. These will be turned into an interactive display in our museum. If you are looking for a relative, a friend of a friend, or just doing research, we want the museum to be hands on, interactive store of memories. 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 email@example.com
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. “You” will make the museum the place to be. Thank you.
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, Spring 2012