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The Rossland Archives’ photo collection showcases some spectacular views of early Rossland. These photos allow us to see which buildings have survived the ups and downs of this amazing boomtown we call The Golden City. From its humble beginnings in the late 1800s, Rossland has grown and changed to fit into the modern world of 2017, nevertheless one can still see sneak peaks of the mining town that once was.
February 13th-19th is ‘BC Heritage Week – MY Canada, MY BC’. In celebration, the Museum is holding a Then & Now Photography Contest. Referring to a selection of iconic historical photos, everyone and anyone is encouraged to go find the original photographer’s viewpoint and capture, as closely as possible, a modern-day depiction. We ask all Rosslanders to embrace, explore, and enjoy the beautiful heritage spaces within this amazing community.

How to enter:

The Museum has posted our pre-selected historical photos in two locations:

Facebook facebook.com/rosslandmuseum

Attach your modern-day photo in the comment box below the corresponding historical photo

Instagram – @rosslandmuseum

Use #RosslandThenAndNow and post your photos! Make sure your account is public so everyone can see your photo and the hashtag

Entry Deadline:
The contest will run from February 13th to 28th. The top photo selected for each of the 10 photos will be announced on March 2nd, which will mark the 120th anniversary of the City of Rossland’s official incorporation.

Judging:
Photo entries will be judged by the Museum’s board and staff. Judgement will be based on quality of photo and accuracy of capturing the historic photographer’s original viewpoint.

What’s a contest without its prize:
The top photo for each of the 10 historical selections will then be posted for a People’s Choice Contest in early March. The People’s Choice Winner will win a mini growler and fill courtesy of the Rossland Beer Company*.

Additionally, these photos may be presented as a gallery display in downtown Rossland to showcase the winners as well as considered for a new set of postcards to be sold in the Museum’s gift shop.
*Entries are encouraged by individuals under the age of 19; if your photo wins, the prize will be of equal value.

*Please read contest rules and conditions before submitting your photos*

Rules and conditions

  • All photographs submitted for the contest must have been taken by you;
  • You may submit as many or as few photos as you would like; you do not have to submit a modern photo for each historical photo in order to be eligible (selecting 1 photo to copy is just fine);
  • Please do not submit photos in which a person is recognizable. These entries will be ineligible as we do not have their permission to publish their photo;
  • You equally retain your rights to your photograph; however, by entering the contest, you grant the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) a royalty-free, perpetual license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce, and create works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media for any RMDC purpose, including but not limited to, advertising and promotion on our website, exhibition, and commercial products. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit. The RMDC will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses;
  • RMDC will notify the winners via the social media platform in which they have submitted their photos; and
  • Winners will be asked to fill out a transfer of photo copyright form and submit an original, digital file or an original negative or high-quality print. Original negatives or prints may be returned to winners.

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Spirit of Red Social Club donates $2000 to the Rossland Museum Renewal Project

January 17th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROSSLAND, BC – The Spirit of Red Social Club supports the Rossland Museum Renewal project with a generous donation of $2000 to close the funding gap needed for Phase I.

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) has received a very generous donation of $2000 from the Spirit of Red Social Club to close the funding gap needed to proceed with Phase I construction. The Spirit of Red Social Club is a non-profit society made up of the members of the Red Mountain community. President, Liz Nesbitt, says, “Our goals have been to re-establish, promote, and perpetuate some of the social events that used to occur in the Red Mountain community and to gather, collect, and protect historical photos, film, and stories of Red Mountain’s history. Spirit of Red is contributing to the Renewal Project to support the museum in its efforts to do the same sort of work.”

With this donation as well as the final sales of the Lily May Heritage Raffle, the City of Rossland has approved the hiring of NDB Construction Ltd. out of Castlegar to take on the Phase I construction contract of $413,276. The Museum will remain open to the public Wednesday to Saturdays 12pm to 5pm through Winter Carnival and officially close as of February 1st. The construction period will be 16 to 18 weeks long, so the grand opening is planned just in time for the summer season in June.

The Rossland Museum volunteers have been working on packing up the renovation areas, including the entire Archives, Visitor Centre, and Gift Shop for a few months now. “We’re very excited to be going to construction after so much time and effort from our partners, stakeholders, and volunteers,” stated Libby Martin, RMDC President, “It has been a long time coming!”

The Lily May Heritage Raffle continues until January 28th and tickets can be purchased at the museum, The Office, or Mountain Nugget Chocolate. For more details on the Renewal Project and fundraising opportunities, including Mindful Mountain Yoga’s Karma Yoga in February, see the website.

About the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre: The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) aims to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We are the visitor gateway to the Kootenays and the Columbia Basin, and we inspire and engage the public through virtual and real life displays that bring our history to life. We are situated at the junction of Hwy 22 and Hwy 3B.

 

Contact:
Libby Martin, President                                              Liz Nesbitt, President
Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre                      Spirit of Red Social Club Society
PO Box 26, 1100 Hwy 3B, Rossland, BC                     Facebook: Spirit of Red
Phone: (250) 362-7722                                              Website: www.spiritofred.ca
Email: president@rosslandmuseum.ca

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Libby Martin - President - signing the Canada Cultural Spaces agreement

January 10th, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROSSLAND, BC – Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre receives Council approval to move forward in Phase I renovations.

In 2012, the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) embarked on a six-phase renewal project with the help of major stakeholders, including Teck Trail Operations, the City of Rossland, and the wonderful support of the citizens of Rossland and area. Thanks to a recent $100,000 grant from Canada Cultural Spaces and the go-ahead from the City of Rossland, the Phase 1 renovations will begin shortly.

The construction period will be 16 to 18 weeks long, so the Museum will re-open just in time for the summer season. Renovations include a brand new archives, reading/research room, meeting space, public washrooms, and an entrance gallery that will include the lobby, gift shop, visitor centre, and additional exhibition and programming space.

This renovation is being funded in major part from the Canadian Department of Western Economic Diversification, Government of Canada’s Cultural Spaces Fund, the Columbia Basin Trust, BC Government Resort Municipality Initiative, City of Rossland, and our partner and funder – Teck Trail Operations.

The ongoing support of our community with hundreds of hours of volunteering and major assistance and contributions to our fundraising efforts has also raised over $25,000 towards the project. The Lily May Heritage Raffle is our current fundraising opportunity with only 140 tickets being sold for a chance to win a 12-person catered dinner with cocktails, entertainment, and more all in Rossland’s historic Old Fire Hall. Second prize is a weekend at Nelson’s Hume Hotel & Spa with dinner in the Library Lounge, and third prize is a night for two at The Blaylock Mansion with English-style breakfast. Tickets are being sold at the Museum (Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm), The Office – 2105 Columbia Ave (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm), and Mountain Nugget Chocolate Company – 1938 Columbia Ave (Tues-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm). The winner will be drawn on Saturday, January 28th during the Rossland Winter Carnival by Lily May herself with the help of Olaus Jeldness!

For more details on the Renewal Project and fundraising opportunities, see the website: http://www.rosslandmuseum.ca/renewal-project/

About the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre: The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) aims to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We are the visitor gateway to the Kootenays and the Columbia Basin, and we inspire and engage the public through virtual and real life displays that bring our history to life. We are situated at the junction of Hwy 22 and Hwy 3B.

Contact:

Libby Martin, President

Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre

PO Box 26, 1100 Hwy 3B, Rossland, BC

Phone: (250) 362-7722

Email

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COMPLETE January 28th

Stake your claim in the Lily May Heritage Raffle, marking the 140th anniversary of Rossland’s first mine claim, while raising funds for the Rossland Museum Renewal Project.

It’s a blast of a fundraiser with great odds!

Gold prize: WINNER – Deane Family
Cocktails and dinner for 12 at Rossland’s Old Fire Hall. Catered by Rossland’s John Premier of Premier Chef Services and wine from Sandhill Winery. Customized entertainment.
Value: $2,500

Silver prize: WINNER – Mary Amantea
Two nights’ stay and breakfast for two at the Hume Hotel & Spa in Nelson, including a dinner and jazz at The Library Lounge.
Value: $600
Copper prize:WINNER – Penny Stanley

Overnight stay for two at Blaylock’s Mansion with traditional English-style breakfast.
Value: $250.

Only 140 tickets. $100 each. Buy in a group!

Tickets are being sold at the Museum (Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm), The Office – 2105 Columbia Ave (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm), and Mountain Nugget Chocolate Company – 1938 Columbia Ave (Tues-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm). The winner will be drawn on Saturday, January 28th during the Rossland Winter Carnival by Lily May herself with the help of Olaus Jeldness!

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Phase I – Entrance Gallery:

Entrance Gallery, Lobby, and Gift Shop

  • Demolition of interior walls from front doors to main hall to allow for flexible exhibition and program space
  • Creation of temporary exhibition space for rotating displays and travelling exhibits, and a gathering space for community events and educational programming

Archives and Reading Room

  • Demolition of interior walls throughout archives to allow for flexible archival storage systems
  • Creation of dedicated Reading Room space for public research
  • New storage systems and internal research space within the renovated archives

Visitor Services and Administration

  • Consolidate and reconfigure visitor services and admissions desks to face building entrance
  • Make washrooms accessible, barrier-free, family-friendly
  • Consolidate the office and boardroom
  • Small warming kitchen to service museum programs and facility rentals

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All members of the public are invited to the Rossland Historical Museum & Archives Association’s

Annual General Meeting!

Thursday, November 24th – 6:30pm
Following the AGM, stick around for Ken Davis’ talk about his experiences working for the Department of Highways in Rossland.
Treats and Refreshments.

AGENDA

  1. Welcome and Adoption of the Agenda
  1. Introduction of 2015-2016 Board Members
  1. Minutes from the 2015 AGM
  1. President’s Report
  1. Financial Report
  1. Election of 2016-2017 Directors
  1. Items from the Floor
  1. Meeting Adjournment

* Presentation by Ken Davis to follow AGM *

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Job Type: 4-month Term with possible extension – 3-5 days/week

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: DOE $14-$16/hour

Start Date: September 20th, 2016

Closing Date: Until Filled

Job Description:

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We do this with comprehensive indoor and outdoor displays on the industrial and social history of Rossland with a particular emphasis on the mining and skiing histories of the area. Additionally, we have an extensive community archives, a provincial visitor information centre, numerous educational programs in-house and through outreach activities, downtown heritage walking tours, and various special events throughout the year.

The Operations & Programs Manager will help the Museum Director in the general operation of the museum, including daily opening and closing of the museum and visitor centre, various administrative and financial management tasks, and communication and marketing. They will also be responsible for the development and presentation of our regular programs for many different age groups (in history, science, art, etc.), managing facility rentals, organizing any special events, and managing staff and volunteers associated with any of these.

Note: This position is relatively flexible between 3 and 5 days per week, but does require weekend work and the occasional evenings. The position and hours will be reviewed in 4 months for possible extension into a full-time, permanent position.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication, public speaking, and customer service skills
  • Experience planning, organizing, and implementing effective educational programming for children of all ages (majority ages 2.5-12)
  • Experience with planning, organizing, and facilitating events
  • Experience in conflict resolution and problem-solving; well organized and detail-oriented
  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and a love of learning are key elements
  • An interest in Rossland’s history and everything the area has to offer locals and visitors alike
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint – or similar programs) and Dropbox
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada

Desired Qualifications:

  • Education in museums, archives, libraries, history, business administration, tourism, or related fields with at least 1-2 years of work experience in these areas
  • Experience working/volunteering for a not for profit organization or registered charity
  • Experience in marketing (through social media and other means) for non-profit organizations
  • First Aid/CPR, WHMIS training, and an RCMP security check

Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications by e-mail (preferred) to museumdirector@rosslandmuseum.ca or drop off at 1100 Hwy 3B (junction of Hwy 3B and Hwy 22). Please include a minimum of two references.

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Well, the summer has come to an end! This Saturday will be the final day of our summer hours. We’ll be closed September 4th-6th, and then we begin Wednesdays-Saturdays 12pm to 5pm through the winter!

School/Group Tours and Facility Rentals within or outside of regular hours may be available throughout the year. Please get in contact for more information!

Check out our Fall Programs for Kids:

Fall Kids programs poster

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Job Type: 6-month Internship, Full-time

Location: Rossland, BC                                  

Salary: $11-13/hour                           

Start Date: October 1st, 2016

Closing Date: Until Filled

This position is subject to funding announcements and only available to recent graduates (within 24 months).

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We do this with comprehensive indoor and outdoor displays on the industrial and social history of Rossland with a particular emphasis on the mining and skiing histories of the area. We are located directly on the “Mining in the Kootenays” historic site – on top of the historic Black Bear Mine. Additionally, we have an extensive, community archives, a provincial visitor information centre, numerous educational programs in-house and through outreach activities, downtown heritage walking tours, and various special events throughout the year.

Job Description:

The Collection Assistant will work with existing staff and current and new volunteers to complete a number of collections management and research projects. This includes accessioning a back log of objects; creating special storage mounts for fragile objects; inventorying and preparing the archives for temporary storage prior to a major renovation, working with a consulting professional archivist; inventorying and preparing condition reports for current exhibits throughout the main museum building (spanning mining history, skiing history, and social history); research and display development on a local weather station, Women’s suffrage history, and other internal research; managing public requests for access, research, or photos; manage any incoming object or documentary history donations; evaluate possible collections database programs; and more collections management tasks.

Qualifications:
Please provide your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet both the essential and desired qualifications.

The following is a list of essential qualifications necessary to this position:
-Recent graduate from museum, archival, or library studies with a focus in collections management and preservation
-Extensive experience and interest in working with community history collections and/or documentary history
-Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
-Excellent research skills
-Should be very well organized, detail-oriented, and able to problem solve
-Excellent computer skills (incl. Microsoft Office, WordPress, Dropbox)
-Excellent public speaking abilities; articulate, polite, and friendly
-A passion for history and education

The following desired qualifications may be considered an asset for this position:
-Creativity and enthusiasm
-Experience working with volunteers, especially if in a supervisory role
-Knowledge of Rossland’s or West Kootenay history
-Current First Aid certificate

All applicants must meet Young Canada Works eligibility.

Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications by e-mail (preferred) or drop off at 1100 Hwy 3B (junction of Hwy 3B and Hwy 22). Please include a minimum of two references.

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Job Type: Seasonal, Part-time – 15 hrs/week

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: $11/hour

Start Date: September 6th, 2016

Closing Date: Until Filled

This position is subject to funding approval

Job Description:

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. We do this with comprehensive indoor and outdoor displays on the industrial and social history of Rossland with a particular emphasis on the mining and skiing histories of the area. Additionally, we have an extensive community archives, a provincial visitor information centre, numerous educational programs in-house and through outreach activities, downtown heritage walking tours, and various special events throughout the year.

The Museum Assistant is responsible for the daily opening, operating, and closing procedures associated with Museum operations. This includes conducting interpretive tours that provide information on Rossland – the Golden City, assisting with the operation of the gift shop, admissions, concession, and Visitor Centre, including sales, inventory, restocking, statistics, etc., planning and scheduling group visits, tours, and special events, and routine maintenance, including painting, cleaning, and light grounds keeping. If the interest and background exists, students may also have tailored tasks such as marketing, graphic design, early childhood education, historical research, archival tasks, among other things. As well, as a community history museum, we cover a lot of different themes and topics, and the opportunity to create and complete a project as it relates directly to their field of interest will also be made available throughout the term.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Full time student in Grades 11-12 or Post-Secondary student (in history, education, art, geology, tourism, marketing, library sciences, or related field)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada; resident of the Basin region; aged 15+ prior to start date
  • An interest in Rossland’s history and everything the area has to offer locals and visitors alike
  • Experience working with families and children of all ages
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Experience in conflict resolution and problem-solving

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working for a not for profit organization
  • First Aid/CPR, WHMIS training, and an RCMP security check
  • Customer service experience; experience with cash registers, POS machines, computers, etc.
  • Minor labour and equipment maintenance experience

Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications by email (preferred) or drop off at 1100 Hwy 3B (junction of Hwy 3B and Hwy 22). Please also include a minimum of two references.