2015 good year for Rossland Museum

The Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre had a good year, hiring new staff and advancing its Museum Renewal project.

It’s been a good year for the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre.

The Rossland Historical Museum and Archives Association (RHMAA) met for its annual general meeting on Thursday, Nov. 26 and disclosed in its report that the museum had 4,757 visitors in 2015, up 48 per cent from 2014.

On the archive side of things, the museum also increased its research and reprint revenue to $680 in 2015, up 168 per cent from 2014.

A big change for the museum this year was hiring Joelle Hodgins as a full-time museum director, and “with the successes in programming, special events, and employment grants,” the museum was also able to hire Sandra Ballantyne as an operations and programming assistant.

Thanks to the Columbia Basin Trust’s Schoolworks program the museum has also been able to hire students for the winters of 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Further funding from the Columbia Basin Trust, Young Canada Works and Canada Summer Jobs also allowed the museum to hire four students over the summer.

Next year the museum hopes to find funding to hire a full-time, year-round archivist.

As museum director, Hodgins has been successful in finding new funding for the museum and has been helping to make the Museum Renewal project a reality.

As of Thursday, the museum was only $10,500 short of its funding goal for Phase I and the museum plans on going to construction tender in the spring.

The museum’s silent art auction closed on Monday, Nov. 30, with snacks and coffee at the Nelson and District Credit Union for the last two hours. There were people emailing bids up to the very last minute, as well as some proxies in the credit union with their bidders on the phone.

In total the auction raised $5,020 on 26 pieces.

The museum hopes to begin fundraising and planning for Phase II, the mine experience, next year.

 

Just Posted

Josie Hotel will be ready on opening day, says management

West Kootenay’s first ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel to open this month

Castlegar’s Waterline property purchased; owners to protect it for rock climbers

New owners plan to subdivide, sell bluffs to recreational climbing group

Rossland council’s first meeting sets appointments

Councillors assigned to sit on boards, committees on major city issues

Feds, B.C. to expand Darkwoods Conservation area

New funding allows the national land trust to add some 7,900 hectares to the Darkwoods Conservation Area

Good fencing makes good neighbours— especially when your neighbours are bears

Workshop in Pass Creek this weekend to promote benefits of proper protection for livestock

Josie Hotel will be ready on opening day, says management

West Kootenay’s first ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel to open this month

Two B.C. police officers, held in Cuba for months, cleared of sex assault allegations

Port Moody Const. Jordan Long and Vancouver Const. Mark Simms have been in Cuba since March

Sunrise ceremony at B.C. legislature honours Louis Riel

Nov. 16 marks the 133th anniversary of the Métis leader’s death

California wildfire death toll hits 63

Sheriff says hundreds still missing in nation’s deadliest wildfire

Harsh storms have nearly tripled power outages in last five years, BC Hydro says

More frequent and severe storms have damaged Hydro’s electrical systems since 2013

Trudeau to meet key Pacific trade partners at APEC leaders’ summit

Canada became one of the first six countries to ratify the CPTPP

Judge orders White House to return press pass to CNN’s Acosta

U.S. District Court Judge will decide on White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta

WikiLeaks chief could see charges, US court filing suggests

Charges against Julian Assange could help illuminate the question of whether Russia co-ordinated with the Trump campaign

Federal MPs denounce controversial Facebook post targeting Sajjan

Okanagan Conservatives apologize for controversial Facebook post

Most Read