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The Rossland Museum is hosting a number of special activities for this year’s Celebrate Canada special days:

Thursday, June 21st – National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Museum is open by donation from 10am to 5pm.

7PM National Film Board Film Screening:

It’s been 28 years since the Oka Crisis and 25 years since the release of Alanis Obomsawin’s groundbreaking and multi-awardwinning documentary; Kanehsatake 270 years of resistance.  This film will be available to view by donation at the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21 at 7PM.  We recommend this film for audiences aged 13 yrs +.  It contains scenes of violence and mature language.

28 years ago in July 1990, a dispute over a proposed golf course to be built on Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) lands in Oka, Quebec, set the stage for a historic confrontation that would grab international headlines and sear itself into the Canadian consciousness. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 days behind Kanien’kéhaka lines filming the armed standoff between protestors, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. Released in 1993, this landmark documentary has been seen around the world, winning over a dozen international awards and making history at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it became the first documentary ever to win the Best Canadian Feature award.

Sunday, June 24th – St. Jean Baptiste Day

The Museum is open by donation from 10am to 5pm – special craft for kids in the afternoon.

Wednesday, June 27th – Canadian Multiculturalism Day

The Museum is open by donation from 10am to 5pm

Some Rossland community members have loaned the museum pieces from their family’s history, including a local family’s Japanese doll collection and special pieces from a family that survived the Armenian Genocide.

Sunday, July 1st – CANADA DAY! – By donation all day

Our 2018 Canada Day celebrations are going to be the biggest yet!

8am – Hike Mt. Roberts – all are welcome (intermediate hike – bring proper gear, water bottle, sunscreen/bug spray, lunch, etc.)

12 – 3pm – Family-friendly activities
Entertainment: Golden City Fiddlers, Gold Fever Follies, and DJ Jo
Food: The Cahoots Kitchen, LOW KEY Baking & Catering, and Angela’s Ice Pops
City of Rossland will have some of their touch-a-truck equipment on site and is providing the Canada Day cake!
Kids Pavilion
Bombshack -> Recyled t-shirt bags
One Tree Adventures -> Nature Playscape
cabine & Wild By Nature -> Columbia River rock painting & Nature crafting
The Nadi Tree -> Kids’ flash yoga session
Camp Black Bear -> Nature Prints
.. plus face painting, gold panning, and a fish pond for prizes!

6pm – on – Evening Concert & Fireworks
Opening Act – Kiana Tingley
Showcase: Petunia & The Vipers thanks to The Flying Steamshovel
Rossland Beer Company – licensed event (all ages welcome to the concert though)
The Cahoots Kitchen
and a Kids’ movie inside!
Fireworks are weather-dependent.

These events are supported in part by the Government of Canada Canadian Heritage.

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Phase 1 of the our Renewal Project is complete and looks fabulous. Fundraising for Phase 2, the mine experience, continues with the 4th annual Rossland Museum Charity Golf Tournament at Redstone Resort.

Teams of four – Divisions: Mens, Womens, and Mixed – Prizes for division winners as well as hole competitions, including a $10,000 hole-in-one prize courtesy of Hall Printing. This is meant to be a fun tournament, so fear not if you’re a beginner golfer – there are a few competitions for the beginners too! You can also register with less than a full team and Redstone can work out a team for you!

Registration fee includes green fees, hole competition prizes, door prizes, dinner, and a donation to the museum.
$55 for Redstone members; $80 for non-members.
Register directly with Redstone: 250-362-9141 or online.

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Our 2018 Canada Day celebrations are going to be the biggest yet!

8am – Hike Mt. Roberts – all are welcome (intermediate hike – bring proper gear, water bottle, sunscreen/bug spray, lunch, etc.)

12 – 3pm – Family-friendly activities
Entertainment: Golden City Fiddlers, Gold Fever Follies, and DJ Jo
Food: The Cahoots Kitchen, LOW KEY Baking & Catering, and Angela’s Ice Pops
City of Rossland will have some of their touch-a-truck equipment on site and is providing the Canada Day cake!
Kids Pavilion
Bombshack -> Recyled t-shirt bags
One Tree Adventures -> Nature Playscape
cabine & Wild By Nature -> Columbia River rock painting & Nature crafting
The Nadi Tree -> Kids’ flash yoga session
Camp Black Bear -> Nature Prints
.. plus face painting, gold panning, and a fish pond for prizes!

6pm – on – Evening Concert & Fireworks
Opening Act – Kiana Tingley
Showcase: Petunia & The Vipers thanks to The Flying Steamshovel
Rossland Beer Company – licensed event (all ages welcome to the concert though)
The Cahoots Kitchen
and a Kids’ movie inside!
Fireworks are weather-dependent.

This event is supported in part by the Government of Canada Canadian Heritage

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Job Type: Seasonal, 40 hrs/wk

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: $13/hour

Start Date: Immediately

End Date: September 1st, 2018

Closing Date: Until Filled

This position subject to funding approval and candidates must meet Young Canada Works eligibility requirements.

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 summer.

Job Description:

The Educational Program Assistants are directly responsible for assisting with the planning, preparation, operation, and evaluation of the Summer Kids’ Museum Camps, working very closely with the Operation & Programs Manager. The camps are for ages 6-11 with themes ranging from science and technology to art and history. Planning includes organizing each week’s requirements (registrants, allergies, permissions, etc.), assisting with material prep for all crafts, experiments, and activities, scheduling field trips/workshops, and other tasks as needed. The students will also help the Operations & Programs Manager create and carry out a “Counsellor in Training” certificate program for high school students.

Specific job objectives include:

  • Planning, leading, and implementing core and non-core programs and experiences for children in a small group setting
  • Liaise with other local community groups for special presentations/tours during camps and special events
  • Assist the Collection Manager in developing interactive content in permanent exhibits and outreach kits (e.g. Indigenous history, geology, railway history, etc.)

Other annual events that the students will help organize include National Indigenous Peoples Day, St. Jean Baptiste Day, BC Day, Nights at the Museum, Family Day, CBT Culture Tour, and more. They will also assist in developing special activities for group tours, birthday parties, and facility rentals as needed.

All staff assist in the general operation and maintenance of the museum, archives, visitor centre, and discovery centre.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Experience working with families and children of all ages
  • Experience and an interest in organizing crafts, games, experiments, and kids activities
  • An interest in Rossland’s history and everything the area has to offer locals and visitors alike
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, planning experience, and a passion for education and history
  • Public speaking experience; Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Experience in conflict resolution and problem-solving

Desired Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education: Education, General Sciences, Museum Studies, History, Geology, or Drama.
  • Customer service experience; experience with cash registers, POS machines, computers, etc.
  • Experience working in the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Excellent computer skills (incl. use of Microsoft Office, Excel, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Current First Aid certificate and RCMP Security Clearance (can be obtained prior to start)

Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and quoting the position(s) you are applying for by email (preferred) to museumdirector@rosslandmuseum.ca or drop off at 1100 Hwy 3B (junction of Hwy 3B and Hwy 22). Please also attach references.

For more information about this position, please contact Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, at museumdirector@rosslandmuseum.ca or call (250) 362-7722.

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This year the City of Rossland and the Rossland Museum have joined together to bring 9 jam-packed weeks of Camp Black Bear! Prices include a weekly visit to the pool (for non-swim camp weeks) and pizza Fridays!

Please refer to Rossland Recreation Guide for more information.
Registration starts online May 15 at www.rossland.ca/recreation

Week 1: AMAZING RACE THROUGH TIME: July 4-7 / $160/wk
Spend the morning at the pool in our fun Pirate Camp, travelling the pool in search of buried treasure, swim the length for the lost bottle, scurry on the deck. Make a ship that hopefully, floats. In the afternoon four teams will race through different ages and complete challenges, starting in the Ice Age and ending in the future!

Week 2: ART EXPLORERS: July 9 – 13 / $200 / wk

Join Shelley Painter for a moring of all ages art exploration. In the afternoon kids (ages 6-9 yrs) will travel around the world and explore different cultures through their amazig art in the arternoon. Youth aged (9 – 12yrs) will story board a short animation, design their backgrounds and model their characters! Campers must bring their own digital camers.

Week 3: CAMP ROSS-WORTS: July 16-20 / $200 / wk

Spend your morning having fun with games, yoga, gymnastics, skateboarding and parkour combined to provide all abilities and interests with a safe place to learn body awareness and have a ton of fun. In the afternoons take off this Harry Potter inspired camp filled with potion mixing, quill writing and quidditch.

Week 4: STONES AND BONES: July 23 – 27/ $200 / $200 / wk

Kids will spend their morning having fun with games, yoga, gymnastics, skateboarding and parkour combined to provide all abilities and interests with a safe place to learn body awareness and have a ton of fun. In the afternoons take off to this Harry Potter inspired camp filled with potion mixing, quill writing and quidditch.

Week 5: KABOOM!! MAD SCIENTIST: July 30 – Aug 3 / $200 / wk

Spend the morning in an aquatic Science camp where you will be give the opportunity to expand swimming skills in the skill builder Swim @ Camp program and participate in scientific experiments. In the afternoon, campers will explore a different theme of science each day packed with amazing experiments!

Week 6 ECO SURVIVOR GAMES: Aug 7 – 10 Four days of callenges! $160 / wk

Spend the morning in our Aquatic Art Camp. Along with advancing swimming skills with the skill builder Swim @ Camp lessons. The Children will get the opportunity to explore their creativity and imagination through various arts and crafts. In the afternoon Kids will be divided into 2 camps to compete in teambuilding eco challenges, games, crafts and fun

Week 7: CIRCUS CAMP and BOOM TOWN MYSTERY Aug 13 – 17 $200 Ages 6-7 / $290 Ages 8 – 12

Looking to join the circus? Join this French / English Camp to learn some circus skills. In the afternoons, kids will lean how to be detectives in the midst of a mystery, collecting clues and solving an epic mystery!

Week 8: DRAWN INTO NATURE Aug 20-24 / $200 / wk

Spend your morning with Shelley Painter exploring your art skills and In the afternoon kids will be hiking, sketching and painting mountains, flowers, lakes and pastoral scenes!

Week 9: UBC GEERING UP EXPLORERS CAMP (7-11yrs) $200 / 4 day / EUREKA – Rossland Museum Camp (6yrs only) $160 / 4 day Aug 27-30

Geering Up UBC Engineering and Science for Kids is excited to be coming to Rossland offering a week long, STEM summer camp. Our programming involves a dynamic mix of hands-on activities, demonstrations, and design challenges. Our camps are taught by experienced university students with a passion for their field of study. In addition to all of this we ensure each camper spends at least one hour of each day participating in active games outside.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia

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This week is BC Museums Week!! We have a jam-packed week ahead of us. Our Spring Hours begin today – we are now open Tuesdays to Sundays – 10am to 5pm. To celebrate BC Museums Week, entry is by donation all week!

Find out all about our activities and events this week in more detail by checking out our event.
Today, we’ll be bringing out a recent donation of a petroform found in a Rosslander’s yard. We are also showcasing a reactive artwork piece about Chinese history of the area presented to the museum by Mr. Starzner’s RSS class. Tonight, we are hosting the community event WildSafe BC – Wildlife Safety & Awareness.


On Wednesday, the Museum Kids’ Club will be creating their very own museum display. Thursday’s Drawn to Nature group will be learning about and creating art about the robin who has built its nest by the museum entrance using some lessons from the Robert Bateman Centre.

Finally, on Saturday, we’ll be showcasing some pieces and information from our upcoming permanent exhibit on the brewing, red light district, and crime history of Rossland – help us decide on an exhibit name!
BC Museums Association

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Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30:

An event to promote wildlife safety and awareness within the greater Rossland community.

Lead by Desiree Profili of Wildsafe BC:
-Wildsafe camping and hiking
-Bear spray demonstration
-Bear attractants
-Electric Fencing Expert on hand

 

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Rossland, Our amazing City, displays a rich, fascinating, and ongoing legacy whose sometimes hidden or forgotten secrets are waiting to be found again.
Local Geologist, Daniel Wehrle, has been witness to many wondrous discoveries in his thirty years of off-the-trail gold exploration in the Rossland area and would like to share and reveal some of these with the Community by way of a presentation at the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre.
At the end of the talk, Daniel will be opening an envelope from 1947 that he recently came across that has remained sealed until now. Daniel says “it could be a grocery list!” or it could be some intriguing correspondence. We’ll find out!
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia

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This workshop is open to everyone who wants to learn about properly preserving and storing their family’s heirlooms. All artifacts, photos, and documents deteriorate over time, but with good practices and proper materials, you can slow down this process and preserve your keepsakes and memories for many years. We will be discussing proper handling, storage, and materials for preservation and displaying of objects. The workshop will be presented by museum professionals, so if you have any questions about properly preserving your heirlooms bring them along to the workshop!
 
Located in the Rossland Seniors Centre. Entry by donation. Refreshments will be available.
 
This workshop is made possible thanks to the support of the Columbia Basin Trust Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.

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Job Type: Seasonal, 40 hrs/wk

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: $13-15/hour

Start Date: May 1st, 2018

End Date: September 1st, 2018

Closing Date: Until Filled

This position is subject to funding approval and all candidates must meet Young Canada Works eligibility requirements.

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 summer.

Job Description:

The Archives Assistant will work with a dynamic team of staff and volunteers to focus on some of the key projects that must be completed in the archives, including:

  • Mobilize the volunteer pool to work through archival donation backlog
  • Inventory the documentary art collection and prepare a plan for a new storage solution
  • Review the archival fee schedule with a new photo order procedure in partnership with the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History
  • Coordinate a public archival training workshop (instructed by a professional archivist)
  • Institute the recommendations received from the Canadian Conservation Institute facility assessment on storage reorganization
  • Assist the Research Assistant and Collections Manager in current research projects

Along with these specific research topics, the student will also manage public research requests, incoming archival donations, and further internal research requests for our programming, promotions, and publications.

All staff assist in the general operation and maintenance of the museum, archives, visitor centre, and discovery centre, including assisting with major events, and programming.

The ideal candidate for this position will be currently attending post-secondary in archival, library, or museum studies and familiar with the Rules for Archival Description. They will have excellent research/sourcing skills and the ability to multi-task while maintaining accuracy under pressure. They will possess the ability to work cooperatively as part of a dynamic team.

The following is a list of additional essential qualifications necessary to this position:

  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills (incl. Microsoft Office/Google Docs, WordPress, Dropbox)
  • Should be very well organized, detail-oriented, and able to problem solve
  • Excellent public speaking abilities
  • A passion for history and education

The following desired qualifications may be considered an asset for this position:

  • Creativity and enthusiasm
  • Experience working as or directly with a project manager
  • Experience in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Knowledge of Rossland or West Kootenay history
  • Current First Aid certificate

Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and quoting the position(s) you are applying for by email (preferred) to museumdirector@rosslandmuseum.ca or drop off at 1100 Hwy 3B (junction of Hwy 3B and Hwy 22). Please also attach references.

For more information about this position, please contact Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, at museumdirector@rosslandmuseum.ca or call (250) 362-7722.