Monday, 21 November 2011

Christmas 2011 Arrives!

Christmas arrives at the Kimberley Heritage Museum!

Mini-trees are very popular

Our full-sized tree features exquisitely conserved traditional glass ornaments dating from the 1940s to the 1960s donated by local families.

Christmas trees originated in Latvia and Estonia.
One of the first Christmas trees in Canada was put up in 1781 at a party given by General Friedrich Adolf Riedesel and his wife, the Baroness von Riedesel in Quebec.  The fir tree decorated with candles and fruits was a delight to their guests.

Nature and foods were common motifs for home-made and gathered decorations and were still popular when shiny glass ornaments came into fashion.

Exotic birds  and strings of "berries" were a favorite.

This fruit-shaped ornament is a particular shade of green called "chartreuse" (shar - TROOSE) commonly used in the 1940s - which tells us this bauble is very old!

Come and see the tree at:
105 Spokane Street
Kimberley, BC
at the west end of the Platzl; above the Kimberley Library.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Sullivan Mine Ore

When the Sullivan Mine was open, this ore was supplied to us by Cominco.

Our last delivery was in 2001, when the mine closed.

When our dwindling supply is gone, Sullivan Mine ore will only be available from collectors.

Various-sized samples are available for one dollar or less.

Visit the Kimberley Heritage Museum at 105 Spokane Street, Kimberley, BC.

From the 19 Sep 1898 Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington