Luke McCullough, 4, shows off his work in a colouring book handed out free by the Heritage Park Museum. (Ali McCullough contributed photo)

Museum colouring books are a big hit with families

Curator found them tucked away in a box

A dash of colour has been added to some local families’ time in self-isolation.

The Heritage Park Musuem gave out 115 colouring books in Terrace over the past two weeks.

The colouring books, titled “Terrace Olden Days,” depict wooden buildings and other scenes from the city’s earliest years, as far back as the early 20th Century.

Museum curator Anna Glass said the colouring books were made in 1991.

“The colouring books I actually discovered in our basement, because one of my biggest projects has been organizing the museum,” she said. “I came across all the colouring books and thought ‘Why not offer them out?’”

Glass said the colouring books were a big hit and now the museum is planning to make more content available to the public at home during the time of social-isolation.

“Definitely a lot more social media posts,” she said. “Maybe an online virtual tour.”

One of Glass’ main priorities as curator is to digitize the museum’s archive and make it available online—a job that will be easier once the museum receives government funding to hire a summer student.

Typically that funding comes to the museum every year, but this year funding announcements have been delayed slightly due to the virus situation, Glass said.

“[There has been] no indication that the funding has been completely cancelled,” she said. “I did receive an email this week that said we should proceed as if everything would be happening as normal.”

The museum’s annual Easter egg hunt is cancelled this year due to COVID-19. It would have been the first public event organized by Glass since she started working at the museum last October.

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