The Heritage Park Museum has officially started its active summer season, though the season will be short this year.
The museum relies on federal funding to hire summer students each year who run the majority of the summer programming, such as tours and exhibits. This year, a little less federal funding was provided, so the museum will probably wind down its summer programming at the start of August, one month earlier than usual, said curator Anna Glass.
Nevertheless, the museum has four summer students and plenty going on in June and July.
Small groups of people are welcome to drop by the museum and sign up for self-guided tours with pamphlets highlighting museum features.
“We’ve actually only had one group so far, but it seemed to go well,” Glass said.
There will be monthly featured exhibits. This month’s exhibit showcases some of Terrace’s medical history from the mid-20th Century, supplemented by a donation of artifacts from Northern Drugs.
The museum is offering space to 2020 grads and their families who wish to take grad photos. Groups can drop by during regular museum hours from June 16 – 20.
One summer student has created a “history hotline” where folks can call in to either share knowledge or learn.
“We have trivia, they can talk about historical events, anything they remember,” Glass said.
The number for the history hotline is 250-615-6406 and it’s open from Tuesday to Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Hand sanitizer is available at the front gate. There will be a limit of 30 people allowed in the museum at any given time, Glass said, lower than the province’s limit of gatherings of 50.
“Although our park and our site is quite large, the buildings on it are smaller. So we’re setting a smaller occupancy limit, just to be extra safe and make sure everything is manageable,” she said.
Glass said it’s nice having the summer students around, since she works more-or-less alone outside of summer.
“Our museum cat loves the company as well,” she said.