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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.

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Job Type: Seasonal, Full-time

Location: Rossland, BC                    

Start Date: approx. June 15th

Closing Date: May 22nd

Salary: $11.50/hour

This position is subject to funding and only available to students who have been in full-time studies and intend to return to full-time studies in the fall.

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. This is done 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 Camp Counsellor is 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 and Museum Assistants. The camps are for ages 6-11 with the following themes: Time Travellers; Earth Explorers; Science and Tech; and Art Exploration. 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 student will also assist in the general operation of the museum when necessary, including operating the gift shop, concession and visitor centre, including sales, inventory, restocking, etc.; routine maintenance, including painting, cleaning, and light grounds keeping; and other tasks as required and as time permits.

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:

  • 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.)
  • Minor labour and equipment maintenance experience
  • Current First Aid certificate and RCMP Security Clearance may be required

To apply, please email your resume with a cover letter and references to Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, or call (250) 362-7722. Please quote the position you are applying for.

(Please do not drop by the museum – while it is under renovation, staff are not on site the majority of the time)

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Job Type: Seasonal, Full-time

Location: Rossland, BC                                   

Start Date: Mid-May

Closing Date: Until Filled

Wage: $11-13/hour

This position is subject to funding and only available to students who have been in full-time studies and intend to return to full-time studies in the fall.

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. This is done 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 Researcher & Interpreter will work with the Archives Assistant and Collections Assistant to focus on some of the current research projects for upcoming displays, exhibitions, new tours, and events. Some upcoming priorities include Canada’s 150th, the Museum’s 50th, and then some minor updates to our permanent exhibitions with topics such as our local hospital, geological history of the region, and skiing history, and the Researcher will be key in locating important information, photographs, and supporting graphics/maps/etc. from our archival collection and other regional repositories. 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.

The position will also be responsible for the development, delivery, evaluation, and promotion of heritage site interpretation activities, guided tours, public events, school tours, outreach activities, historical vignettes, and other public programs tailored to various age groups. The topics or themes that these programs take on can directly relate to the background and interests of the student (i.e. mining history programming if that is where their interest/background lies). The student will also assist in the general operation of the museum when necessary, including operating the gift shop, concession and visitor centre, including sales, inventory, restocking, etc.; routine maintenance, including painting, cleaning, and light grounds keeping; and other tasks as required and as time permits.

Essential Qualifications:

  • 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

Desired Qualifications:

  • Customer service experience; experience with cash registers, POS machines, computers, etc.
  • Experience working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Knowledge of Rossland or West Kootenay history
  • Current First Aid certificate and RCMP Security Clearance may be required

To apply, please email your resume with a cover letter and references to Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, or call (250) 362-7722. Please quote the position you are applying for.

(Please do not drop by the museum – while it is under renovation, staff are not on site the majority of the time)

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Job Type: Seasonal, Full-time – 2 positions

Location: Rossland, BC                                   

Start Date: Mid-May

Closing Date: Until Filled

Wage: $12/hour                                                     

This position is subject to funding and only available to students who have been in full-time studies and intend to return to full-time studies in the fall.

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. This is done 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 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. The Museum Assistant also helps with the operation of the gift shop, admissions, concession, and Destination BC Visitor Centre, including sales, inventory, restocking, statistics, etc. If the interest and background exists, students may also have tailored projects such as marketing, graphic design, early childhood education, historical research, and archival tasks.

Interpretive tours, educational programming, and special events are regularly scheduled for people of all ages (i.e. youth, seniors, school groups, daycares, etc.), and all staff are involved in the creation, planning, and implementation of the programs. 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 study will also be available.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Excellent computer skills (incl. use of Microsoft Office, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Public speaking experience
  • Must have excellent organizational skills, planning experience, and a passion for education and history
  • Customer service experience; experience with cash registers, POS machines, computers, etc.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Creativity, enthusiasm, and a love of learning
  • Post-secondary education in Museum Studies, History, Geology, Drama, Anthropology, Tourism, Marketing, or related fields. High school student applicants are accepted
  • Experience working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Knowledge of Rossland’s history
  • Minor labour and equipment maintenance experience
  • Current First Aid certificate and RCMP Security Clearance may be required

To apply, please email your resume with a cover letter and references to Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, or call (250) 362-7722. Please quote the position you are applying for.

(Please do not drop by the museum – while it is under renovation, staff are not on site the majority of the time)

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Job Type: Seasonal, Full-time

Location: Rossland, BC                                       

Start Date: Mid-May

Closing Date: Until Filled

Wage: $12/hour

This position is subject to funding and only available to students who have been in full-time studies and intend to return to full-time studies in the fall.

The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre’s mission is to preserve and dynamically present the heritage of Rossland and area. This is done 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 Visitor Counsellor & Interpreter is responsible for the daily opening, operating, and closing procedures associated with Museum and Visitor Centre operations, including occasional presence at the Rossland Mountain Market for a visitor centre booth. Major tasks include assisting with the operation of the gift shop, admissions, and concession, including sales, inventory, restocking, and statistics, as well as conducting interpretive tours and educational programming where time permits. Planning and scheduling group visits, tours, and special events and routine maintenance, including painting, cleaning, and light grounds keeping will also be required. If the interest and background exists, the student may also have tailored tasks such as marketing, graphic design, early childhood education, historical research, and/or archival tasks. 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 study will also be made available throughout the summer.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • 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
  • A passion for history and education
  • Customer service experience; experience with cash registers, POS machines, computers, etc.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in Museum Studies, History, Geology, Drama, Anthropology, Tourism, Marketing, or related fields. High school student applicants are accepted
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Experience with planning, organizing, and facilitating events
  • Experience working in or with the tourism and/or cultural sector
  • Knowledge of Rossland’s or West Kootenay history
  • Current First Aid certificate and RCMP Security Clearance may be required

To apply, please email your resume with a cover letter and references to Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, or call (250) 362-7722. Please quote the position you are applying for.

(Please do not drop by the museum – while it is under renovation, staff are not on site the majority of the time)

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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