Christmas at the museum: big changes as new curator begins

There is a big change happening at the Kaatza Station Museum and Archives over this holiday season.

Lake Cowichan’s Christmas tree all lit up at the Info Centre at Saywell Park. Be sure to stop in at the adjacent Kaatza Station Museum and Archives.

Lake Cowichan’s Christmas tree all lit up at the Info Centre at Saywell Park. Be sure to stop in at the adjacent Kaatza Station Museum and Archives.

There is a big change happening at the Kaatza Station Museum and Archives over this holiday season.

Barb Simkins the museum’s curator of 30-plus years is saying goodbye as curator and leaving Meghan Dalskog here to care for her life’s work.

This is Meghan’s first holiday season at the museum, and she was thrilled to see our wonderful volunteers come in and spend the afternoon at the museum decorating the pioneer life display with some holiday cheer, a museum tradition that she looks forward to carrying on. The museum will be open weekdays throughout the holiday season, right up until Christmas Eve. We will be closed Christmas Day and New Years day, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you and your holiday guests to come in and reminisce about holidays past, and spent with loved ones.

We also have some fun colouring and activity sheets for the kids and adults who stop in, so be sure to ask for one. She is always happy to see how creative people are in all the different ways they fill these things in; she would love it if people would post them to the museum’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages #kaatzachristmas. She really enjoys hearing from the community and listening to their stories.

I, Meghan, am very excited to work with and care for the history of my community. I can only hope to do as good a job as Barb has, and I am glad to know that she is only a phone call away, if I need to ask her anything. In the new year I am going to be very busy working on all sorts of new projects with our community partners. There will be some new displays, and some new events. Keep an eye up for upcoming digital content, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

From all of us at the museum, we would like to send out our most sincere appreciation and thanks to everyone who has contributed to our IWA Annex Project. We are so grateful for all your support and contributions. We are hoping that more people will dig deep by making a contribution to the Annex and help us honour and care for the history of all those brave men and women who fought for the workers rights, many of whom gave their lives to build the forestry industry in British Columbia.

This will help us to care for this large and historic collection to the best of our ability.

If you can, and wish to support us in this, you can buy a Kaatza Historical Society 2016 Calendar containing historic Wilmer Gold Photographs, for only $12; or consider becoming a member for only $15 and stay up to date on everything that is happening at the museum, and be a part of museum community. Are you a skilled tradesman? Or do you have extra building materials? We will also accept in-kind donations of services or materials. Those who make a substantial monetary or in-kind donation will be recognized as patrons of the museum with a special sign, which can be made out recognizing the donor or in memory of someone special.

Submitted by Pat Foster, president and Meghan Dalskog, curator in training.

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