Exciting new events coming up at Rossland Museum!

Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre
By Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre
February 7th, 2024
Digital Museums Canada Open House – Gold Mining to Gold Medals: A Century of Ski Racing in Rossland
We’re launching our new digital exhibit on the history of ski racing in Rossland!
This project has been a couple of years in the making and incorporates stories from more than a dozen local ski legends, so help us celebrate in style with an open house at the Museum. Gold Mining to Gold Medals: A Century of Ski Racing in Rossland explores the first century of ski racing in Rossland, beginning with Olaus Jeldness (1898) and ending with the sale of the Red Mountain Ski Club (1989).
Stop by the Museum from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 to explore the new digital exhibit, share stories and memories, watch video interviews with some of our ski legends, and see some of the artifacts that have been included.
Snacks/refreshments provided. Entry by Donation.
BC Family Day at the Museum
Get ready for BC Family Day – we’re gearing up for an incredible celebration at the Museum on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a snow-filled family day extravaganza!
Explore our snow maze, race down our tobogganing hill, unleash your creativity with snow painting, and build the perfect snowman. Try out our family-friendly crafts and warm up by the campfire as we treat you to delicious maple taffy, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider. To top it all off, snuggle down for a family-friendly film screening in the Cominco theatre. Entry by Donation.
Get ready to add an artistic touch to your snow day adventure! Join us from 2-5 pm for a snowboard-painting workshop led by a talented local artist Cath Ruthven. Explore your creative side as you transform snowboards into unique pieces of art.
Space is limited, so register now at https://square.link/u/1jFNUMg4. The $10 registration fee* includes instruction and supplies. This event is made possible by support from the Rossland Council for Arts & Culture. *If the registration fee or even minimum age is prohibitive, please get in touch at community@rosslandmuseum.ca!
Don’t miss out on the fun! For additional details and the full schedule of events, check out rosslandmuseum.ca/news/2024/family-day
See you there!
Supported in part by the BC Museums Association, the Province of BC, Columbia Basin Trust, and the Rossland Council for Arts & Culture.
Heritage Week at the Museum
We’ll be celebrating BC Heritage Week with entry by donation – from Tuesday to Sunday, Feb. 20 to 25. This year’s theme is “Layer By Layer” – and boy, do we have layers to showcase with Red Mountain in our mining and skiing history exhibits – including our newly launched Digital Museums Canada virtual exhibit Gold Mining to Gold Medals: A Century of Ski Racing in Rossland. Drop by the Museum to check out our exhibits or explore them from home at www.rosslandmuseum.ca.
Genealogy Club
Our wonderful volunteers are starting up a Genealogy Club!
Are you interested in working on your family tree? Have you hit some “research brick walls”©? Found an incredible source you can’t find anyone to gush over with? Come tell us all about it, starting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Museum. Bring your stuff, and we will work together to help thwart those research brick walls© and develop some new paths.
We hope to meet monthly – everyone is welcome – but please RSVP to info@rosslandmuseum.ca or 250-362-7722, so we’ll know how much space will be needed. Hope to see you there!
For more information about the working group, get in touch with Fiona at admin@rosslandmuseum.ca
Seniors’ Workshop Series: Photo Digitization
Our Seniors’ Workshop Series is back! The first workshop of the winter/spring series is all about photograph digitization. For this session, book a 1-hour appointment to work with staff to digitize your photographs, negatives, or slides. We will provide you with a USB drive to bring your newly digitized images home, and we will also discuss storage and sharing needs. Come prepared with your photographs/negatives/slides and any photograph preservation questions for our staff to answer! Space is limited due to equipment and timing, and pre-registration is required.
One-hour time slots Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Rossland Public Library – 2180 Columbia Avenue
Entry by donation – coffee/tea and treats will be provided.
RSVP with Sara W at artifacts@ rosslandmuseum.ca or call 250-362-7722
This series is supported in part by the Government of Canada and the Province of BC.
February Speaker Series with Bill Hanlon: The Ice Man from British Columbia
One day in August 1999, three men were hunting sheep in Northern BC when they came across something unexpected: human remains and sundry artifacts – a hat, a knife, a bag – emerging from a melting glacier. Archeologists and Indigenous representatives were called in and determined that the remains were of an Indigenous boy in his late teens who had died at least 150 years earlier. Members of the local Champagne and Aishihik First Nations named the unknown man Kwäday Dän Ts’inchi: Long Ago Person Found.
Join us at the Museum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 to hear the story of this discovery of North America’s oldest preserved human remains from Bill Hanlon, one of the hunters who found them. Entry by donation.
More info/RSVP at rosslandmuseum.ca/news/2024/bill-hanlon
Spring Break Camps at the Museum

Join us at the museum for two weeks of fun, educational, and interactive Spring Break Day Camps:

  • Week #1: Time Travelers: Adventures Through History Wish you had a time machine to journey back and experience the past? If you answered yes, then “Time Travelers: Adventures Through History” is just the camp for you! Join us for a week of historic fun as we venture into a different time period every day. This camp will take us from the Ice Age all the way to the 20th century with different games and activities to complement each day’s theme. Register now for some good old-fashioned fun! This five-day camp runs March 18 – 2d from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (drop-off begins at 8:45 a.m., pick-up between 3-4 p.m.). Cost: $200 (10% discount for members)
  • Week #2: Around the World in 80 4 Days!Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE Rossland – but there’s a big, wide world out there. That’s why we decided we’re going to take participants on a trip around the world – metaphorically at least! We’ll land our imagination-plane in a different country each day, and learn about different cultures through games, activities, music, and food. Curious kids and those with a knack for adventure are bound to love this camp! This four-day camp runs March 25 – 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (drop-off begins at 8:45 a.m., pick-up between 3-4 p.m.). Cost: $160 (10% discount for members)
*Camps appropriate for ages 6-10. Max 16 children per week.
Refunds are available (less a $25 admin fee), given 2 weeks’ notice before the first day of camp. Check out our website rosslandmuseum.ca/day-camps or contact Skylar at community@rosslandmuseum.ca for more information.

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