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Museum shows history can be fun

Published: January 18, 2011 10:00 AM

By Larkin Schmiedl

Special to Kamloops This Week

There’s plenty of history to be found in Kamloops — and the city’s museum staff is looking for volunteers to introduce people to this heritage.

A three-part workshop — Feb. 24, March 3 and March 10 — is open for people who want to get training in giving local historical tours.

The free workshop by the Kamloops Museum and Archives includes an overview on local history and how to be an effective guide, wrapping up on the last day with a trip outside the 207 Seymour St. museum to put the theory into practise.

The tours include: Riverside Park, underground Kamloops, North Shore walking tour, homesteads driving tour, cemeteries tour, multicultural tour, churches and temples, bike the rivers and Outer Edges, which looks at the old city boundaries.

That’s not all the museum is hosting in coming weeks.

With the museum freshly renovated last summer, its staff is busy cooking up programs, opportunities and tours and adding to current exhibits and planning new ones.

Children, family, and youth activities have already started this year.

The facility has the province’s first children’s museum, which opened last year.

It has interactive displays, including a dress-up area and puppet theatre, a space station-themed reading area, a steamship station, models to make and more.

New permanent exhibits include the Kamloops fur trade, Victorian era and Kamloops in the 20th century.

These exist alongside the medieval Europe exhibit, the B.C. fly-fishing gallery, the mineralogy cave and the Shuswap gallery.

The taxidermy collection now has a display of owls and a large cougar.

The Mary Balf Archives holds many resources, including the Heritage Register, an official list of heritage buildings, properties, and monuments in the Kamloops region.

It is also available online.

Each entry includes a building description and details of its historical significance.

The archives also has an online cemetery database dating to 1900.

Another database lists archive materials and what can be found where.

The archives house fur-trade journals, as well as thousands of historical images of Kamloops.

The museum is funded and run by the City of Kamloops.

It is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The archives are open Tuesdays to Fridays from 1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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