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Rossland Museum launches new ski exhibit, Speaker Series continues

‘Gold Mining to Gold Medals: A Century of Ski Racing in Rossland’ openhouse goes Feb. 10, 3-5:30 p.m.
Bill Hanlon will give a presentation on the Ice Man from British Columbia he and fellow hunters discovered on a glacier in northern B.C. in 1999. (Contributed)

Digital Museums Canada Open House: The Rossland Museum will launch a new digital exhibit on the history of ski racing in Rossland.

“Gold Mining to Gold Medals: A Century of Ski Racing in Rossland” opens on Saturday, Feb. 10, with an open house from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

This project has been a couple of years in the making and incorporates stories from more than a dozen local ski legends, so help us celebrate in style with the open house at the museum.

Gold Mining to Gold Medals explores the first century of ski racing in Rossland, beginning with Olaus Jeldness (1898) and ending with the sale of the Red Mountain Ski Club (1989).

Stop by the Museum to explore the new digital exhibit, share stories and memories, watch video interviews with some of our ski legends, and see some of the artifacts that have been included.

Snacks/refreshments provided. Entry by Donation. More info:

Museum Speaker Series: The story of the Ice Man from British Columbia is coming to the Rossland Museum this month.

In August 1999, Elkford resident Bill Hanlon and two other men from Nelson were hunting dall sheep in northern B.C. when they came across something unexpected: human remains and scattered artifacts such as a hat, knife, and a beaver-skin bag emerging from a melting glacier.

Archeologists and Indigenous representatives were called in and eventually determined that the remains were of an Indigenous boy in his late teens who had died between 1720-1850 AD.

Members of the local Champagne and Aishihik First Nations named the unknown man Kwäday Dän Ts’inchi: Long Ago Person Found.

Hanlon, who has family in Trail, will give a presentation at the Rossland Museum at 6 p.m.,Thursday, Feb. 22, and tell the story of his discovery of North America’s oldest preserved human remains found interred in ice. Entry is by donation.

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