Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Help document the COVID-19 pandemic locally in real-time by creating your very own Family Time Capsule (COVID-19 edition!). This record will join our permanent collection in the archives as a way for the community to remember this event that will change us all forever. We are…

The Fernie Museum is proud to present Cabinet of Curiosities a video series investigating the stories behind our artifact collection from the safety of the home of Lindsay Vallance, the Fernie Museum’s Collections Manager. This week’s object is a bowl-shaped metal hat, designed to keep you safe just long enough to threaten the safety of…

The Fernie Museum is proud to present Cabinet of Curiosities, a video series investigating the stories behind objects from our artifact collection. This week, we’re taking a look at a half-empty glass bottle, mysteriously labeled ‘Burdock Blood Bitters’. What is in it? What does it do? And how much would Gwyneth Paltrow be willing to…

The snake wraps itself leisurely around the cane, green scales gleaming. Its delicate red tongue flickers upward, as though forever looking for the hand that wields it. Above its head, crossed flags bar its way: one a Union Jack, the other a Canadian Red Ensign. Below the tip of its tail, a .303 rifle cartridge…

For as long as adults have been driving, kids have been pedalling. All the way back to 1890 and the dawn of the automobile, every make and model had its tiny, child-powered twin, from the Mercedes Benz to the Model T Ford. Like the first automobiles, early factory-made pedal cars were toys for the wealthy,…

This is the first in a series of posts that will highlight the Museum’s collections as we continue to evaluate, research, catalogue and rehouse the collections over the next three years.   For most of us, it’s just butter: innocuous stacks of foil-wrapped bricks or plastic tubs, scooped out of the dairy case without a second…

Emilio Picariello was an adventurous and hard-working family man whose ambitions led him to challenge the law of the land for profit. On the other hand, he was well known in the community for helping the less well off. His contravening of the Prohibition Act, and consequent violence, led authorities to realize that criminalizing the…

Hardship and heartache were the norm during World War II. Rationing, in every Allied country, made life difficult with shortages of food, clothing and general supplies. Watching young men leave, knowing it might be the last time you glimpsed their faces, would break the heart of every family member. MORALE But people and countries endured…

Rationing, making do, shortages – no matter who you were or where you lived in the early 1940s this was the stuff of daily life. Every effort was being made to win the war. Keeping spirits up also required a huge effort. Despite blackouts in the face of nightly bombings London was alive with basement…

Jackets enhanced with shoulder pads, narrow waists, knee length skirts – my uniform for work during the 1980s. But it wasn’t the cusp of a new innovative design in fashion – it was a nod to the difficult war years of the early 1940s. What I love about the Fernie Museum events is the exploration…

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