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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.

*This position is subject to funding approval and only available to full-time students that meet all YCW eligibility requirements.

Job Description:

The Research Assistant will work with the Collections Assistant and archives volunteers to focus on some of the key research projects that must be completed for upcoming displays, exhibitions, and events. The major projects include continuing the work to unpack and organize the new archives space from our recent renovation as well as key research topics such as Rossland’s contribution to the World Wars, Rossland’s brewing/crime/red light district history, and skiing history in the region. The research assistant will also assist other staff and partners in organizing some public events tied to our photographic holdings and care and handling of personal histories/collections.

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. This position will also assist with the daily opening, operating, and closing procedures associated with Museum and Archives operation.


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

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 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 public speaking abilities; articulate, polite, and friendly

-Should be very well organized, detail-oriented, and able to problem solve

-Excellent computer skills (incl. Microsoft Office, WordPress, Dropbox)

-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 working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector

-Knowledge of Rossland’s or West Kootenay history

-Current First Aid certificate

Application deadline is November 15th, 2017.

For more information about this position, please contact Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director of the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre at (250) 362-7722

Please apply with your resume, cover letter, and references by e-mail only.

Rossland, BC has a population of about 3500 people, but the surrounding Kootenay Boundary area has approximately 30,000. The town is very close to two USA border crossings and major US cities, which bring in a lot of tourists and economic benefit to the region. The cultural industry is particularly strong with numerous gallery and performance spaces and a very strong connection to its heritage.

For information on RMDC, visit

For more information on Rossland, visit

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Join us at our upcoming Annual General Meeting – Thursday, November 30th at 6:30pm at the Museum.

The B.C. government has revised the act governing non-profits. It requires filing the constitution and bylaws electronically. While the constitution must remain the same on filing, this gave us the opportunity to revise the bylaws.

We worked with a representative of the Columbia Basin Trust’s Non-Profit Advisor program to update everything. Much remains the same with simplified wording, but below are some of the key changes. All comply with The Societies Act:

  • Board directors are now called trustees to avoid confusion with the job title of our museum director;
  • The minimum number of board trustees has dropped to three from five. Maximum number is now 11 instead of 12.
  • Trustees now may serve a maximum of eight consecutive years.
  • Signing authority of board members has been slightly altered.
  • The role of the city councillor attending board meetings has been defined as liaison, without voting rights.
  • Quorum for board meetings has been set at a majority of the board members instead of the previous three.
  • The bylaws now allow for voting by email for trustees.
  • The standard for special resolutions has been changed to 2/3rds instead of the previous 3/4s.
  • Quorum for general meetings is now three instead of the previous five.

Please contact us if you would like to review the full document ahead of the AGM.

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President Libby Martin with Maureen Brown (Board Member) and Carol Vanelli-Worosz (Teck Community Engagement Leader) - Photo Credit: Mike Sloan

We raised $675,000 towards Phase One and officially re-opened the Museum on June 30th, 2017.

We sincerely appreciate our supporters to date -> please take a look at our ever-growing donor “wall” page for a full list of contributors.

For An In-Depth Look at the public spaces in the Museum prior to the Renovation, check out our Google Virtual Tour done in 2014!

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Da Vinci's Cupboard - Pro D Day

What’s Happening at the Museum this Fall?

This Fall, we’ve been offering a range of programs for school aged kids: Museum Kids’ Club, Drawn to Nature, Discovery Club, and Home school Morning.  We also started a new session of Slime Time for toddler kids aged 2.5 to 5 years.

Museum Kids’ Club focuses on connecting our kids to history and the role of museums by exploring exhibits, performing experiments, child play and crafts!
Drawn to Nature is our hugely popular new program that teaches kids the basics of Nature journaling and scientific illustrating.  Look for “Drawn to History” after Christmas as we explore historical images, objects and stories through art.
Discovery Club really “took off” this fall with wheels and axles.  This month we’ll be exploring Nocturnal animals by dissecting an owl to examine the bones.
Home School Morning is back to connect our home school community to local history, science and art.  This thematic program makes use of the museum exhibits and collections inside and outside on the grounds.

For Rossland toddlers we have started a new session of Slime Time.  This program introduces Physics and Chemistry concepts through play, simple experiments, and children’s literature.  Kids love this hands on program that encourages them to participate as much as possible with the experiments!

Crafternoons is back on Saturday with a brand new time for the fall from 12-3pm.  Come down to the museum to meet new friends and try a new craft!

Pro D Days and Early Dismissals
In October the Museum hosted two Amazing Pro – D day events: Da Vinci’s Cupboard and Ross-Worts Academy.  Kids in Da Vinci’s Cupboard explored the world of Da Vinci flying machines and constructed their own, while new recruits at Ross-Worts mixed potions, made wands and brooms, and perfected their quill-writing.

November is mystery month where we will host two mysteries for RSS early dismissal days and Sept Sommet Pro-D day on Nov 10th.

Special Events at the Museum:
In August for the Columbia Basin Culture Tour we hosted works by local artists Martine Bedard and Andy Holmes from Art for People.

September was a busy month as our school age programming started up again as well as numerous school tours and groups.

For the month of October we featured some vintage Horror movies and showed Halloween Kids’ Movies in the Cominco Theatre.  On Saturday Oct 28th was BOO! at the MU! – a Museum Ghost Hunt and a Creepy Crafternoon.

November the 11th is Remembrance Day.  Stop by the Museum to take part in the Artifact Investigation Activity.  This Children’s Exhibit uses recreated objects that belonged to four real children who were impacted by war.  By donation.

Looking ahead to December:
“Deck the Halls”,  the museum Christmas afternoon will be held on Dec 23rd.  We’ll be making Victorian Christmas decorations, singing carols and hosting a Christmas matinee movie at 12:30pm and again at 2pm.

“From Vimy to Juno”,  a travelling exhibit provides an opportunity for Canadians of all ages to learn about Canada’s role in the First and Second World Wars. It draws parallels between the two wars and examines Canada as a nation from 1914 to 1945.  This exhibit will be at the museum from December 18th through February 16th.

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Registration for our Fall Programs has begun! Give us a call or stop in.
Open Wednesday to Saturday 12pm-5pm through the winter – open all year!

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

Location: Rossland, BC

Salary: $11.50/hour

Start Date: September 3rd, 2017

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. 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, 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 historical research, marketing, graphic design, early childhood education, archival tasks, among other opportunities. 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 job 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
  • Experience working with families and children of all ages
  • Excellent verbal and written skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working/volunteering with a not-for-profit organization
  • Experience working in the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • First Aid/CPR, WHMIS training, and/or an RCMP security check
  • Customer service experience; experience with cash registers, POS machines, computers, etc.
  • Experience in conflict resolution and problem-solving
  • 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.

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Phase 1 of the our Renewal Project is complete and looks fabulous. Fundraising for Phase 2, the mine experience, commences with the 3rd 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, door prizes, al fresco dinner by chef Jamie, one drink ticket, and a donation to the museum.
$55 for Redstone members; $80 for non-members;
Not a golfer? Join us just for the dinner! – $40 includes dinner, donation to the museum, and door prizes.
Register directly with Redstone: 250-362-9141.

Contributors include:
Redstone Resort
Pacific Coastal Airlines
Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club
Teck Metals – Trail Operations
Maglio Building Centre
RED Mountain Resort
Best Western Plus City Center
Prestige Hotels & Resorts – Mountain Resort – Rossland
Trail Beer Refinery
Christina Lake Golf Club
The Josie Hotel
Mike Williams
Alpine Grind
..and more!

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The Head Frame at the main entrance of the museum was originally erected in 1967. It had become a key piece for all of our property tours and a great location for our memorial bench to Jack McDonald.

In 2016, the City examined the structure and concluded it would need to be repaired, and in light of long term plans to move it elsewhere on the property in Phase 4 of the Renewal Project, it was determined it was time for the structure to come down. We can then ensure it is rebuilt during Phase 4 along with the additional Train display shed.

Here are some photos of the process of removing it! All of the collection pieces that were part of it have been moved for display elsewhere on the property until they can be placed in a new head frame structure. Jack McDonald’s bench has been moved closer to the Compressor Unit.


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The Museum has entered into a 5-year agreement with the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History to digitize our entire photograph collection. If time and funding permits, this could expand to maps and other items that can be scanned/photographed.

This is a very exciting opportunity as we have been trying to digitize our collection ourselves for a number of years! We are very grateful for the Columbia Basin Institute’s support.
The first batch of the photos were taken to Cranbrook a few months ago to get started, and from there the first section has been uploaded to their website for everyone to see! Take a look at their website (and search Rossland or Rossland Museum) to see the amazing photographs – some of which we haven’t shown publicly in many years or even at all!

You can also find the Institute on Facebook where they regularly post photographs from collections all over the Basin.