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The museum first started collecting artifacts around 1969 and we have approximately 55,000 items in our collection.

Collections Timeline


Doug Clarkson and Bert Tieman would travel around the countryside and when they saw something of interest in a farmer’s field they would go in and ask the farmer if they could have it. Some of the first collections that came to the museum belonged to R. Moody, H. Oxley, B. White, J. B. Oliver and H. Tuffell

Collections Cash Register DrawingProper documentation of artefacts (accessioning) started around 1969.

All of the accessioning was done by volunteers. A large part of the accessioning process at the time was to hand draw pictures of the artefacts.

Some of the most elaborate drawings were done by Sharon Brooks. All files were hand written and organized using a card system using name, date and accession number cross reference process.


The first paid museum employee to work in Collections started in April 1999.


Now the Museum uses digital photographs and a computer database to maintain the records.

Items in our Collection

We have approximately 55,000 items in our collection including:

  • Prehistoric era including rocks, fossils and bones with some items dating back 400 million years
  • Early to Modern Man that explores the evolution of different types of tools for the past 11,500 years
  • Items that depict early explorers that came to the Peace country
  • The fur trade
  • Survey equipment used to map this area
  • Items that tell the story of the early pioneers that came to the Peace country to take advantage of a perfect climate for growing some of the best grain in the world. These folks came from every corner of the world
  • The story of those that came later to meet the needs of the agricultural based economy. Doctors, store keeps, newspaper, blacksmiths, brick makers and teachers
  • artefacts that show the development of the lumber industry
  • The arrival of the railway and how it changed the lives of the people here
Last updated: 8/2/2016 3:48:25 PM