DECEMBER 1, 2017 TO APRIL 30, 2018

Collecting and safeguarding the community’s tangible heritage is the very heart of what a museum does. The objects it acquires from individuals, families, businesses, organizations, civic government and, at times, from other institutions, are held in trust on behalf of the community in perpetuity. These collections must, as a result, be documented and managed carefully to fulfill this obligation. 

Since it was formed in 1964, the Fernie & District Historical Society has acquired over 10,000 objects, 12,000 photographs, and 412 linear feet of archival records which represent the history of Fernie and the Elk Valley. From 1979 to 1999, the Society operated a museum in a building behind the Catholic Church. Forced to abandon the facility in 1999, the Society hastily inventoried and packed up the entire collection and put it into storage — a process that was managed with limited resources within a short period of time. After establishing a new museum facility in 2013, the Society must now focus on managing its collections according to today’s accepted standards of practice. 

This exhibit highlights some of the treasures it holds for future generations and sheds light on how the collections must be managed.