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Nina Samone by Ron Halliday< Return to Silent Art Auction Main Page

Artist: Ron Halliday

Bio: Ron has sixty years of experience in art and music and currently lives in Rossland.

Artwork Description: Brown ink portrait of the singer Nina Simone.

Dimensions: 45.3cm wide x 61cm tall; no matting; no frame.

Value: $60

Minimum Bid: $60

Minimum Bid Increase: $5

To bid on this piece, stop in at the Credit Union Monday to Friday 10am-5pm or email your bid.

For more information on Ron Halliday and his work:

Visit his website

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Back in the Day - Skier #4 by Jenny Baillie
Back in the Day – Skier #4 by Jenny Baillie

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Artist: Jenny Baillie

Bio: Originally from New Zealand, Jenny discovered Rossland 35 years ago—seeking powder, a small town ambiance and a place to call ‘home’. The landscape inspired her to paint. After many workshops, courses and mistakes—here she is still based in Rossland—painting and exploring.

Artwork Title: Back in the Day – Skier 4

Dimensions: 30.5cm wide x 122cm tall

Value: $600

Current Bid: $325 (as of Oct 29th – A. Galay)

Minimum Bid Increase: $25

To bid on this piece, stop in at the Credit Union Monday to Friday 10am-5pm or email your bid.

For more information on Jenny Baillie:

Check out her website!

Or find her on Facebook

 

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September 22nd, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROSSLAND, BC – Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre Phase I of the Renewal Project is getting underway with 97% raised to date.

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) embarked on a six-phase renewal project starting back in 2012 with the help of major stakeholders, including Teck Metals Ltd., the City of Rossland, and the wonderful support of the citizens of Rossland and area. It has been a long road, but thanks to recent major funding announcements, RMDC has raised over 97% or $389,500 towards Phase I: Renovations of the Entry Gallery. That brings it to just $10,500 shy of the proposed Phase I budget of $400,000.

Teck Metals Ltd. got the fundraising started with a generous $20,000 contribution towards the engineering plans portion of the project. Tourism Rossland and the City of Rossland also secured $56,000 from the Resort Municipality Initiative from the Provincial Government. Through the museum’s recent fundraising events, including the 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament and the Mackenzie River – Dehcho Expedition talk by Wayne Wilson, and personal donations, another $6000 was raised.

Columbia Basin Trust then offered to match 50% – or $87,500 – of the Federal Government’s announcement of the hard-earned $175,000 from the Canada 150 Infrastructure program through Western Economic Diversification Canada. Most recently, the City of Rossland has committed $45,000 in the 2016 budget cycle from the existing Visitor Centre reserves with the Visitor Centre being a major part of the Phase I renovations.

The RMDC Board of Directors is very excited to get going on Phase I and is working with Fairbank Architects Ltd. out of Nelson to complete the Architectural Plans. This phase includes a renovated Archives, Visitor Centre, Gift Shop, Visitor Services areas, and a grand entry gallery for community and exhibition space.

In being so close to the $400,000 goal for Phase I and beginning the fundraising for Phase II: Mine Experience with a proposed budget of $700,000, the grant-writing and fundraising continues with a Silent Art Auction at Rossland’s Nelson & District Credit Union through October and November and a very special evening at the Miner’s Hall in January in conjunction with Altitude Entertainment.

For more details, 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:

Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director

Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre

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

Phone: (250) 362-7722

Email: info@rosslandmuseum.ca Website: www.rosslandmuseum.ca

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September 11th,2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROSSLAND, BC – Brighten your life with some local art while contributing to a great community project.

The Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre has embarked on a six-phase renewal project and will soon be ready to roll on Phase I, renovation of the entrance gallery!

Thanks to the generous contributions from many agencies, including Teck Metals Ltd., Columbia Basin Trust, Western Economic Diversification Canada, and the Resort Municipality Initiative as well as local fundraisers and donations, funding for this phase is almost complete with approximately $355,000 secured to date.

Towards this goal, the museum is holding a silent art auction featuring the donated works of many local artists, including Jenny Baillie, Danielle Valade, Andy Holmes, Martine Bedard, Karen Thatcher, Louise Drescher, Dale Matthews, Stephanie Gauvin, and many more!

Opening Reception:

Everyone is welcome to sip wine and nibble cheese while perusing the works of art and chatting with the artists at the Rossland Art Gallery, 2004 Columbia Avenue in Rossland on October 15th from 7-9pm.

Their art will be on display and available for bidding through October and November at Rossland’s Nelson & District Credit Union, 2071 Columbia Avenue, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to drop by and peruse the pieces, or view them online at www.rosslandmuseum.ca/2015art-auction

Bids will be taken onsite or via email to info@rosslandmuseum.ca.

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:

Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director

Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre

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

Phone: (250) 362-7722

Email: info@rosslandmuseum.ca

www.rosslandmuseum.ca

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Well, the summer has (almost) come to an end! This Saturday will be the final day of our summer hours. We’ll be closed August 30th-September 1st, and then we begin Wednesdays-Saturdays 12pm to 5pm through the winter! Keep checking in with us to see all of the great programming and events that we’ll be having through the Fall and Winter! It’s going to be a very exciting time 😀

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Job Opening:

Archives & Collections Assistant

Job Type: Full-time, 6-month term with possibility of extension

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: $13-$15/hour

Start Date: September 6th, 2015

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 archive, a provincial visitor information centre, numerous in-house and outreach educational programs, downtown heritage walking tours, and various special events throughout the year.

The Archives consists of 5 rooms totaling approximately 1200 sq. ft. and many different mediums from maps to newspapers to photographs covering the history of Rossland and area since the mid-1800s. The museum also houses thousands of objects in the collection, many of which are on permanent exhibit.

The Archives & Collections Assistant will work on various projects in the archives and museum collections, including accessioning recent donations, helping develop a collecting policy, reviewing procedures, inventorying the museum collections, bringing the archives close to current standards and practices according to the rules for archival description, digitizing the photo collection, and preparing the archival contents for a major renovation. The Archives & Collections Assistant will also manage public research requests, incoming donations, and internal research requests for our programming, exhibitions, and publications.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in archival, library, or museum studies;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining accuracy under pressure;
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a dynamic team;
  • Organized, detail‐oriented, self-motivated, and have very good time‐management skills;
  • Good level of computer literacy, including spreadsheets, database software, and email; and
  • Familiarity with the Rules of Archival Description, preservation, and conservation.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Creativity and enthusiasm;
  • Experience working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector; and
  • Knowledge of Rossland’s history.

For more information about this position or to submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications, please contact Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, at museumdirector@rosslandmuseum.ca or call (250) 362-7722.

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*This position is subject to funding approval.

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

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: $11/hour

Start Date: September 6th, 2015

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 summer.

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, 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.
  • Experience working in the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Minor labour and equipment maintenance experience

For more information about this position, please contact Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, at museumdirector @ rosslandmuseum.ca or call (250) 362-7722. Please quote the position you are applying for and send a cover letter, resume, and references.

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Today, we hosted Kootenay-Columbia MP Mr. David Wilks at an event at the Rossland Museum to announce some very exciting funding news for both the Rossland Museum and the Friends of the Rossland Range!

The Rossland Museum will be receiving $175,000 from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program towards Phase I of our Renewal Project.

THE VISION
A JOURNEY OF CHANGE…

  • A refreshed and transformed Rossland Museum that will reinforce its position as the West Kootenay’s leading museum and archives;
  • A landmark site to congregate, create and strengthen links between diverse communities in the region;
  • A significant shift in public programming: new interactive exhibits, exciting visitor experiences, and innovative ideas; and
  • An active presence in the city that supports local economy, spurs partnerships, and regenerates tourism.

The main museum building sits on the “Mining in the Kootenays” Historic Site of Canada that encompasses the historic entrance to the Black Bear Mine and a number of significant, large industrial mining artifacts and related outbuildings, and outdoor community programming space. Begun in the 1950s, the community came together in 1967 to plan and construct the initial exhibition building. Since then, that main facility has been added onto in order to incorporate exhibition space exploring themes of local skiing history, hydroelectric power generation, mining and smelting, and social and cultural history. From 1967 to 2010, there was a very informative, experiential, and successful underground mine tour of the Black Bear Mine. Access to the mine was permanently closed for safety and liability reasons in 2012 by the property owners, and the museum has endeavored to make up for this lost educational opportunity through walking tours, gold panning, and other special programming.

The mine closure and subsequent loss in visitors and programming opportunities has necessitated the need for a “Renewal.” The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) Board of Directors – working closely with Teck Metals and the City of Rossland – has worked out a phased approach to this Renewal Project:

Phase I: Renovation of the Entry Gallery
Phase II: Mine Experience
Phase III: Atrium
Phase IV: Industrial Shed
Phase V: Screen / Sign / Sitework / Exterior Walls / Windows
Phase VI: Interior Renovations

Phase I Project Description:
Anticipated work will include:

  • An unexpected, existing vertical void space above the existing entry space provides an amazing opportunity for a grand entry gallery. This full-height space is already built and can be quickly and inexpensively renovated. The museum has had interest from community groups and businesses for reception space, and this interest is facilitated with the relocation of washrooms to provide appropriate space.
  •  Removal of a non-bearing concrete wall separating the entrance space from the exhibition space. This work will allow for the incorporation of a new temporary exhibition space that will respond to community interests and needs. It will also accommodate wider public programming needs that are related directly to the exhibitions or that reflect other elements of the collections. This space will also accommodate new community expectations of museums to act as a ‘third space’ for a wide array of community cultural and artistic engagement.
  • Consolidation of administration and meeting space in order to gain operational efficiencies. These changes will also facilitate better use of RMDC’s important volunteer corps.
  • Removal of all non-bearing interior walls in the archives work/storage spaces to gain operational efficiencies and help ensure better security and climate control for collections. This renovation will strengthen RMDC’s connection to business and tourism functions and to broader community interests, thereby helping generate both traffic and revenue.
  • Relocation of public washroom facilities from the entranceway to the side of the building. This move will also allow for enhanced facilities that are generously sized, accessible, barrier-free, and family friendly.

For more information on this funding announcement – click here for MP David Wilks’ News Release

How can you help?

Donate to the project! We are just $45,000 shy of our total Phase I project budget of $400,000!!
Here are our Donation Levels:

  • Friends – $500 to $1,999
  • Copper Partner – $2,000 to $4,999
  • Bronze Partner – $5,000 to $9999
  • Silver Partner – $10,000 to $24,999
  • Gold Partner – $25,000 to $49,999
  • Platinum Partner – $50,000 to $99,999
    There is also an opportunity to donate in increments that would then combine to fit into one of these levels by the end of the project.

Ways to donate:

  • Call us! (250) 362-7722 or toll-free 888-488-7444
  • Nelson & District Credit Union – Account # 30180711-201 Renewal Project
  • Add us to your ChangeIt Program portfolio
    • We are happy to be a charity partner of ChangeIt®! It is an innovative way to donate to the Rossland Museum when making an everyday purchase with your bank card (BMO, Kootenay Savings, and others). Learn more at ChangeIt.com
  • Donate online at CanadaHelps.com – Rossland Historical Museum & Archives Association
    • Registered Charity # 107915654RR0001
  • Invite us to make a presentation to your organization on the project and support opportunities available
  • Volunteer!
    • Specifically with the Development Committee or the Fundraising Committee or with the Museum in general for programming, events, or wherever your interest lies!
  • Participate in our upcoming Fundraising Events:
    • Silent Art Auction at the Nelson & District Credit Union – October 1st-November 30th 2015
    • Gourmet Dinner Raffle – Winter 2015
    • Altitude Entertainment Game Show Event – Winter 2015

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The “Friends of the Museum” was initiated in 2005 by the late JoAnne Baldassi. After 10 years the “Friends”, in the model it was created, is no longer relevant. However, the Museum continues to need “Friends”.

The organization of all events will now be done by Museum staff. This will include arranging volunteers as needed. Staff will email/phone the current list of “Friends” when help is needed for events. The staff would also appreciate an email/phone call in regards to the areas of your special interest i.e. yard work, children’s events, refreshments, special events, major fund raising, archives, etc.

At this time, we welcome all past and future “Friends” to contact the Museum as we continue to respond to the needs of the Museum as it aims to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area and moves forward into exciting times with the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre Renewal Project.

Contact:
250-362-7722
Or email us

Kathy Bowcock
Past Chair “Friends of the Museum”

The name “The Flying Steamshovel” can be seen when traveling through the streets of downtown Rossland, but have you ever thought, what does it mean? What is its story? And how has the name survived the test of time?

Today, 114 years after the flight of the Flying Steamshovel, and 71 years since the written accounts by Father Freney, the Flying Steamshovel makes its way back home to the Golden City and has landed at the Rossland Museum & Discovery Center’s newest display!!

There has been, and still is, considerable controversy surrounding this peculiar story. Just keep in mind that the famous Wright Brothers’ first powered, sustained, and controlled airplane flight took place in 1903, in North Carolina. Paul Cornu is credited with the first free vertical ascent in a helicopter in France in 1907. Meanwhile, the Flying Steamshovel is reported to have flown in 1901, at the height of 200ft in little, old Rossland, BC! SO, should The Golden City be acknowledged as the true birthplace of man’s gravity-conquering abilities?

This new display will capture the interest of locals and new comers alike. Rossland is well known for its place in the Mining and Skiing domain, but this display will highlight Rossland’s due place in the Aviation world. The display showcases the research and persistence against adversity that Father Freney had to face to get the story recognized by top aviation magazines. It showcases the only information found on the inventor – Lou Gagnon and his life before and after his explosive crash and his smashed dreams of flying in the wintery month of February.

Have you ever wondered what the Steamshovel may have looked like? Well, this display hosts the only (known) three dimensional model created based on sketched images of eye witness accounts! Why is it called a Flying Steamshovel? Our new display holds all the answers.

The museum is open Wednesdays to Sundays 10am to 6pm through to the end of June. We are open 7 days a week 10am to 6pm starting July 1st until the end of the summer.