The Kimberley Heritage Museum's current display is for Remembrance Day, "Kimberley's War Years". We are open 1 - 4 pm Monday to Friday.
Tuesday, 2 November 2021
Thursday, 3 June 2021
Kimberley Heritage Museum is ready to welcome Visitors! COVID-19 Protocols require a mask and we are currently limited to 10 visitors at a time in the Exhibit Rooms.
Summer Feature Exhibit "Fun and Games" showcasing toys and games for the child in all of us.
Come by and check the Museum out and see what the history of Kimberley is all about.
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Our feature exhibit this summer is commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. The exhibit features photos and memorabilia of Kimberley people who served in the war and locals who did their part for the war effort at home.
Hope to see you !
Saturday, 25 August 2018
You can show your support by purchasing a Membership in our Society or make a donation, over $20.00 will receive a tax receipt.
Join us for a look at Kimberley's amazing history!
Friday, 1 June 2018
Friday, 5 August 2016
If so the Kimberley Heritage Museum has the perfect opportunity for you!
We are in need of a "Volunteer Community Liaison" who can be a representative of the Museum at community meetings and add to and update our Facebook page and blog.
This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to be a part of the community and help out the museum!
Friday, 4 March 2016
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Although, perhaps the most important lesson I learned this summer was actually that no matter how many warning signs you put out people will still try and touch the exhibits when you aren't looking :)
Barbara, Summer Student
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Historical Trail (History of Trail, B.C Canada) circa 2000
Reclaiming The Land ( Documentary on the reclamation of the Sullivan Mine) circa 2000
Wintertime Fun (Winter fun and events in Kimberley, B.C Canada) circa 1950s
Each cost $10, and are approximately 15 minutes in length.
Friday, 1 August 2014
Friday, 25 July 2014
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Come check out some of the new additions we have made to the Kimberley Heritage Museum gift shop!
Novelty Postcards of Canadian Wildlife (below) includes:
~ One cut-out, 3D postcard (Beaver, Moose, or Bear)
~ Assembly instructions
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
One of Moffatt's improvements was to raise the handle away from the kettle's hot exterior, to avoid burned knuckles. Moffatt also improved the spout to prevent spillage.
The kettle's dome was created by drawing a flat circular sheet of brass using a powerful hydraulic press. Over fourty separate parts were incorporated into the first model, including a steel base plate and Bakelite handle. The gleaming shine was achieved by a process using sixteen separate polishing steps.
This amazing Canadian invention will be showcased at the Museum, so stop by and take a look!
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Friday, 2 May 2014
Monday, 24 March 2014
Thursday, 5 September 2013
We were fortunate enough to have Allanah return for her second summer with us. Allanah is in the fourth year of her Archaeology degree at Wilfred Laurier in Waterloo, ON. She hopes to specialize in underwater archaeology.
Artist and physics student, Alec, is returning to College of the Rockies in Cranbrook this school year.
Both students had lots to do and shared lots of our history with many very appreciative visitors to the Museum.
Here are some pics of the student's activities over the summer:
|Alec painting one of a dozen or so drawings he made of a local business as it was in the 1920s. This piece will be part of a diorama depicting the storefronts along the south side of Spokane Street in the Platzl|
|Allanah finishing off the catalogue for a stamp collection. Both students spent many hours scouring in the internet to identify the many stamps in this collection.|
|Nice page of ship stamps: Canada 10-cent full sheet of Inland Vessels, Scott numbers 700 - 703|
|Cancelled stamps from the Netherlands and India.|
Learning more local history
|Allanah and Alec reading up on the Platzl and 'Bavarianization' history in our main gallery|
|Stepping out Bavarian-style?|
|Alec and Allanah with a family of visitors in the 'household' gallery|
|Visitor, sensing the import of this 'end-of-summer photo shoot' of the students, gathers both for a pose.|
Good luck to Allanah and Alec in all your future endeavors! We enjoyed having you at the Museum this summer of 2013. Thanks for all your hard work.
Thursday, 13 June 2013
1973 marks the opening of Kimberley's Bavarian-style downtown pedestrian mall. 2013 is its 40 year anniversary!
|1972 Deer Park Avenue, Kimberley BC, before "Bavarianization" - the lines down the centre of the street mark the planned water feature. Photo scanned from the original Kimberley Daily Bulletin|
"Bavarianization" - to make, become, engage in, or use, or to treat or combine with the styles and activities of Bavaria particularly in regard to architectural facades, style of dress, festivals, music and culinary offerings.
The Bavarianization of Kimberley has not been without controversy from the start. The story goes that some business owners visited Leavenworth, Washington in the early 70s and, being impressed by the theme's economic benefits to that city, actively promoted the idea as a means of economic insurance and renewal for Kimberley. In the mid to late 60s, Kimberley's businesses were experiencing severely declining revenues. The downtown core was looking rather ragged and new businesses in Cranbrook were attracting more and more Kimberley shoppers. Also, the end of life was in sight of the City's main employer, the Sullivan Mine. People wondered what could be done to keep our little town vibrant and liveable so they could stay in the city they loved.
But, in fact, the discussions about revitalizing the buildings and businesses of Kimberley didn't start in the early 70s, it started earlier than 1968! AND actually, the first proposals did not suggest a Bavarian theme, but called for an ALPINE theme!
That debate is STILL going on, especially now that many of the facades are 40 years old, one of our turnkey festivals is no more (The International Old-time Accordion Championships), the mine has been closed for a dozen years, and, well, there have been a lot of changes in those 40 years both in our economy and the make-up of our population.
Back in February, 1968, the City hired urban planners from the Regional District of the East Kootenays to start the process of a new plan for the City. Planner Alfred Miller described the City Center businesses as "a deteriorating conglomeration of substandard buildings". The first committees formed called themselves the "Alpine" committee and were made up of local business owners.
Some did not wait for any official declaration of a theme and remodeled their storefronts in 1971. It was not until the fall of 1972 that the City of Kimberley jumped on the bandwagon and came up with money to landscape the platzl. Bud Buckle was the Mayor of Kimberley at the time. Once started, the transformation to a pedestrian-only platzl was finished within the very next year. Bavarianization was a fait acompli and many businesses, homeowners, and attractions soon followed suit, even dressing themselves and employees in mostly home-made interpretaions of Bavarian dress.
Allocating funds to the project was also very controversial at the time. Students at the local high school said they would rather have an indoor heated pool - something Kimberley did not get until many years later.
Celebrate Kimberley's newest festival, "First Saturdays Kimberley", by learning more about our Bavarianization through the myriad newspaper clippings and photos featured in the Museum's seasonal display on the back wall of our main gallery.
Also showing are some of the artifacts created especially for Kimberley in keeping with the Bavarian theme, such as beer mugs and thalers, as well as examples of traditional authentic German Bavarian clothing worn by local merchants.
Dianne Cooper, volunteer
Thursday, 7 February 2013
The seasonal exhibit up now at the Kimberley Heritage Museum is all about curling sweaters, bonspiels, and curlers. Most curlers had hand-made sweaters crafted by themselves or other local knitters to wear during weekly club play. The heavy knit 'Cowichan Sweaters' are a trademark style developed in the 1860s by the Cowichan people of SE Vancouver Island. First done in solid colours, patterns were added in the 1890s:
|Example of traditional motif - Cowichan Sweater - (M. Stang, donator)|
By the 1940s, knitting pattern and yarn companies such as Mary Maxim were offering patterns for the so-called Curling Sweater as well as other themed patterns:
|Mary Maxim graph-style knitting pattern - "Bonspiel Days" - for Men|
|Nordic Sportsman's youth's and ladies curling sweater pattern|
Before long, commercial manufacturers such as White Ram of Calgary, AB and Indian Art Knitting were selling their versions of the sweater in finer wool:
|Fireman's League championship sweater: Seagrams Stone National Curling Championship 1972 - S. Jereb donor|
The machine-made types of sweaters were mostly worn during tournaments when they first came out.
Bonspiels always had a lot of socializing off the rink. Below is the type of outfit worn to a more formal dinner associated with a bonspiel.
|Late '50s ladies suit|
|Bonspiel Programme from February 1939|
Up now and until about the end of April, 2013, be sure to come in and see our collection of curling memorabilia and curling sweaters, most of which were donated by Ina Hansen and Mae Shaw (see National Curling Champs 50th Anniversary blogpost)
Dianne Cooper, volunteer
Thursday, 29 November 2012
Our classical glass ornaments are in very fine condition and include bears, snowmen, birds, and more.
In days past, museum volunteers would be on hand to sing carols and give visitors a home-like experience. Below is a photo by famed Kimberley newspaper photographer, Charlie Wormington,
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and hope to see you at the Museum for a visit.
Thursday, 25 October 2012
|Commemorative plate including CWACs - Canadian Women's Army Corp|
The Museum's Remembrance Day display is featured in two display cases and approximately 4 square meters (45 square feet) of vertical space in the main gallery. It features artifacts, memorabilia, and photos in remembrance of the local people who served in the Canadian Armed Forces and will be up until just after 11 November 2012.
Local Armed Forces MembersTwo hand-lettered scrolls, commissioned by Cominco, document the names of the men and women from the Sullivan Mine and the Sullivan Concentrator in active service in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War Two (WWII). These scrolls were previously on display in Kimberley's Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 67 which existed from 1926 to 2011.
|Sullivan Mine Employees|
|Sullivan Concentrator Employees|
Remembering Those Back Home, WWIWhile overseas, some armed forces personnel in World War One (WWI) may have sent back a hand-crafted embroidered silk postcard to a loved one; such as the one shown below. These postcards were embroidered by French women in their homes, then sent to factories where they were mounted on cards. Embroidering these became a thriving cottage industry in 1915. Approximately 10,000,000 of these cards were made between 1915 and 1919.
|Handcrafted embroidered silk postcard and modern Canadian coins|
World's First Coloured CoinIn 2004, The Royal Canadian Mint struck a commemorative quarter, on the right in the photo above, featuring a single red corn poppy. It was the world's first coloured coin in circulation. The coin on the left, is a 2010 Canadian quarter issued by the Royal Canadian Mint to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Armistice.
The 2010 Poppy quarter: Royal Canadian Mint Poppy coin
|WWII battledress uniform and wreath|
The Canadian battledress featured hidden buttons on the blouse and a large map pocket on the trousers. It was a very durable uniform made of wool in a colour slightly greener than the British uniform.
Armed Forces personnel would have worn their uniform, even after the war, to Remembrance Day ceremonies and other special events, training exercises of local militia which went on after the war, and special veterans' meetings. Rifle training after WWII was conducted at a shooting range east of the current entrance to the main parking lot of the Kimberley Ski Hill.
Cominco support of the war effort
|"Our baby elephant develops a kick"|
Airmen and their gear
|Model plane and cipher flags code book|
|Aviator, Gordon Fisher's head gear|
This head gear belonged to aviator Gordon Fisher pictured here, (Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History) in the cockpit of an airplane ca. 1944. The special construction around the ear allowed for the wearing of headphones so all crew could communicate during flight in the noisy, unpressurized airplanes.
Kimberley's Rememberance Day Ceremonies will, as usual be conducted at the Kimberley cenotaph, constructed in October of 1956 from 3 tonnes of rock from Cominco's open pit mine. The cenotaph is located at the corner of Spokane Street, Kimberley Avenue, and Gerry Sorenson Way. This year, members of the Kimberley Community Band and the Kimberley Community Choir will lead the music.
As always, please come in to the Museum to see more items - such as an air force nurse's uniform, newspaper articles, photos of local veterans, and much more - and gain more knowledge of the influence of military service on Kimberley's citizen and culture. See hours above.
Director and volunteer
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
|Just one of the several boxes of Cominco photos gathered by their Kimberley Operations|
|Brian Crowe, miner and historian, holding an original photo depicting the workings deep in the Sullivan Mine|
|Galena - Sullivan ore, on sale at the Museum|
|Summer student, Allanah, compiling the descriptions to create a 'finding aid' - July 2012|
Some of the subjects in the collection are as follows:
Community areas and buildings
Community events and organizations
Retirees and events
Sports teams and events
Mining and processing locations