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…

It’s a rare and welcomed thing when you read or see or experience something that inspires you to act. We are inundated with images, stories and views every day but it’s not often that many of us are moved to act upon any given source. Last year the Fernie Museum did an exhibit based on…

A guiding principle of the Fernie Museum is that one can learn from the past – past events, past activities, past traditions – and that learning leads to a better understanding our world today. The museum’s summer camps will be a chance for kids to connect Fernie’s intangible heritage traditions with their own lives. Campers…

Meditation and the Practice of Photography Norman Riley created the Peace Park Perspectives exhibit after completing his artist in residence program at Glacier National Park last summer. He reflects here on his experience and how the experience was about more than photography. I arrived at Glacier on July 3 with 200 sheets of 8×10 film,…

In a race against time, the Fernie Museum’s Community Memory Project seeks to document the memories of the current generation of community elders to help create a greater understanding of our history. This project will build on the research of past museum staff and community historians, such as John Kinnear, Mike Pennock and Mary Giuliano….

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