Museum founder used 'dogged determination'
Mamie Kerby, who died Feb. 25, 2014 at the age of 91, is being credited for using “dogged determination” to create the Heritage Park Museum location.
“Her vision, hard work and perseverance in founding Heritage Park Museum in the early 1980s meant that eight historically important log buildings from the Terrace area were saved,” said Grant Piffer, the president of the Terrace and District Museum Society, which now operates the museum, in a joint statement with Kelsey Wiebe, the curator of Heritage Park Museum.
Together with husband Fred, who predeceased her, and daughter Norma, Kerby organized volunteers to identify pioneer buildings, take them apart and then set them up at the location on the bench, he said.
“In the end, the whole community of Terrace was the beneficiary of her dedication,” Piffer said.
Below is the full text of the statement.
In my capacity as board president of Heritage Park Museum, I wish to recognize the remarkable contributions made by the late Mamie Kerby.
Her vision, hard work and perseverance in founding Heritage Park Museum in the early 1980s meant that eight historically important log buildings from the Terrace area were saved. As well, an important collection of smaller pioneer artifacts was begun.
Mamie Kerby was, without doubt, the driving force behind the whole museum project.
She recruited her husband, Fred, and her daughter, Norma, for their help in identifying, moving and re-assembling the pioneer buildings. With dogged determination, she assembled a group of community volunteers with a whole range of skills. She worked tirelessly to overcome the many obstacles that are naturally a part of any complicated project. Mrs. Kerby then went on to serve as the museum’s full-time director (on a completely volunteer basis) for the next sixteen years, from 1983 until 1999.
In the end, the whole community of Terrace was the beneficiary of her dedication.
We hope to honour Mamie Kerby and her legacy by continuing to operate Heritage Park Museum for the people of our city, and to continue collecting artifacts, historical photographs and other materials that document the rich history of this region.
Grant Piffer, President, Terrace & District Museum Society
Kelsey Wiebe, Curator, Heritage Park Museum