Exhibit Sponsorship and Publications

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The Friends of the Museum have helped fund a number of special exhibits developed by the Quesnel Museum. Here are just a few examples of their contributions:

  • Upstairs at Wah Lee's, an exhibit of early twentieth century portraits by Quesnel's first professional photographer opened at the Museum and tour to museums and galleries in Western Canada.
  • The River of Memory project resulted in a portable exhibit and an educational web site focused on the interaction between members of the First Nations and the North West/Hudson's Bay Company during the fur trade period. The video collection of Southern Carrier oral histories, Elder Stories: Survival on the Land, was published as part of this project.
  • The Friends of the Museum provided an advisory group to helped develop The Booming Fifites;Through the Lens of the Quesnel Advertiser and organized events during the exhibit, including Movies in the Park, a vintage car show and a gathering to share stories and memories called Remembering the Fifties.
  • As part of a Canada 150 project the Friends funded a photo mural that was installed outside on the back wall of the Museum. The mural documents the recreational activities which have taken place in LeBourdais Park of the last 100+ years. 

The Friends have also assisted in the publication or reissue of:

  • Gordon Elliott's classic 1958 history of the Cariboo, now titled, Barkerville, Quesnel and the Cariboo Gold Rush -184 pp, 40 b & w illustations.
  • Historical Walking Tour of Quesnel – 24 pp., b & w illustrations.
  • Quesnel Pioneer Cemetery Tour - 16 pp., b & w illustrations.
  • Quesnel Pioneer Cemetery Chinese Memorial Cairn – 16 pp. b & w illustrations.

All are available through the museum gift shop.

One of the most valuable projects that the Friends of the Museum supported was the digitization of the Cariboo Observer newspaper which can be searched on line.