New exhibits and features are on display at the Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Village that highlight Peace Country history.
At the Heritage Village, there is a vintage chuckwagon on display to celebrate the 40th Stompede, while rehabilitation work has been done to the Pipestone Creek Store, Campbell Cabin and Hudson Bay Outpost.
In the main gallery, a funeral exhibit has been set up to commemorate Oliver’s Funeral Home – the Swan City’s longest running business. Curator at the Museum Charles Taws says there were some odd traditions when they first opened in 1915.
“They felt that a spirit departing a body, if they saw the reflection in the mirror, they would be trapped in the mirror. So, they’d block all the mirrors so they can’t see that. Customs like that used to be quite prominent, but of course we don’t follow a lot of them now.”
A scavenger hunt involving 150 objects has also been created to celebrate Canada 150, while a video presentation is on display to enhance the military section.
“Telling the story of Canada’s 150 years with 150 objects. They’re scattered throughout the museums and archives around the entire Peace Region. The museum here, with the South Peace Regional Archives, has 19 of those 150 items,” Taws explained.
For those who are interested in the scavenger hunt, a brochure can be picked up at the guest services located in the museum.
Also new this year is a travelling exhibit from Bruce County on Freemasonry and a temporary exhibit in honour of the Grande Prairie Legion’s 90th anniversary.