Rossland residents asked for input on museum

Council voted in favour of a staff recommendation to not advance the application of a Happy Valley property to amend the zoning bylaw.

Last week there were two chances for residents of Rossland to put in their thoughts of what the future of the museum should look like. Members of the Rossland Museum Gateway Project unveiled some of what they have been working on for the future of the museum.

Museum expert and consultant Wayne Wilson spoke about the benefits and challenges that the Rossland Historical Museum takes on, and trends in the field of museums.

“It’s a large operation, it’s two distinct elements,” Wilson said. “You have a great collection. You have material in storage and lots of material out on display for the visitor to see. I think a gathering like this and the committee that we got together indicates that there is a good working relationship with the community. That’s not important, that’s critical.”

Wilson explained that one trend is the movement towards consolidation of museums and other similar institutions in communities.

“You have already consolidated that stuff that’s taking place… you’ve got that contained in this operation,” he noted. “I think that barrier is already overcome.”

The site itself has a lot of place to move and on the geological side of things, it is covered with the many outdoor things to see.

“There is an expectation out there that you will have the story of Rossland and you got it,” he said. “There are a lot of different approaches, whether it is the specialized component for skiing or the collection of other elements within the gallery space.

One of the big things is to become sustainable and would benefit from a full-time staff.

He said the museum already has a great location and lots of traffic.

Mayor Greg Granstrom gave a bit of background to the events that have led to the Gateway Project, including the the closure of the underground mine tour. Granstrom said the closure of the adit opened up some exciting possibilities.

“This decision, while extremely disappointing for everyone involved, has lead for the opportunity to significantly enhance the tourist experience, as well ensure the historical significance of Rossland’s mining heritage is maintained and enhanced,” Granstrom said. “With the significant assistance of Teck and the outstanding community support and involvement we’re moving forward to develop a vision and a plan.”

Facilitator and committee member Mike Stolte, said that one thing that’s been very exciting is that Teck, the City and the Museum society came together to become the advisory committee.

“What we’re trying to do through this process is identify some themes, some stories and some future directions for the museums,” Stolte said. “Teck has committed to funding this process plus a feasibility study to get to the RFP stage, where we can take it out to museum consultants and turn it into something substantial.”

That includes a capitol plan, operational plan and feasibility study, which they hope to get done no later than 2013.

Stolte said that one thing present in all of the most successful museums in the province is that they have engaged their community, and so that’s what they hope happens in Rossland.

“The community feels a great sense of ownership in the successful museums,”

he said.

Following the info session was a brainstorming session in which those in attendance were asked to give their own ideas on what the museum should be.

There is also a survey online at www.rossland.ca/rossland-museum-gateway-project-survey.

Just Posted

Unusual case has Trail police asking for help identifying suspect

The man was caught on video surveillance at Trail City Hall

Rossland council agrees to finish skateboard park

Will cost taxpayers about $30,000 to complete project

Core funding to boost spending on tourism services for Rossland

Resort Municipalities grants will pay for a public washroom, better signage, and shuttle services

Passenger counts still rising at West Kootenay Regional Airport

Reliability rates also on rise in second quarter.

Third cannabis store in Greater Trail opens next week

The City of Trail has had six applications from non-medical pot retailers to date

VIDEO: Missing teens named as suspects in three northern B.C. killings

Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky are wanted in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese, unknown man

Memorial bench painted by Vancouver woman to stay in park for now

Park board to look at options for artistic enhancements on commemorative benches

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Weather Network’s anti-meat video ‘doesn’t reflect true story’: cattle ranchers

At issue is the video’s suggestion that cutting back on meat consumption could help save the planet

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Wrestling legend finds his wedding dance groove in B.C.

Professional wrestler Chris Jericho posted on social media that he was in Penticton recently

Horgan hints at Daylight Saving Time changes after record survey response

More than 223,000 online surveys were submitted in the government’s public consultation

Coroner investigating after body recovered from Okanagan Lake

Penticton fire department assisted the RCMP with the recovery of a body Saturday

Overdoses overwhelming in B.C. Interior

Part two: Who’s affected by the current opioid crisis

Most Read