Huble Homestead Historic Site, Barkerville Historic Town & Park and The Exploration Place have been nominated in the Awards of Merit category for the BC Museums Association for Outstanding Achievement.
Award winners will be announced during the awards ceremony slated for October.
Winners are selected by a panel of adjudicators and will receive an owl award and certificate. There is also a People’s Choice Award where website visitors can vote for their favourite organization.
Since 1971 the BC Museums Association has recognized British Columbia’s museums, art galleries, Indigenous cultural centres, historic places and other arts, culture, and heritage organizations for their excellence in special projects, programs, exhibits, initiatives, and innovation. The BCMA also recognizes individuals who have made unique and outstanding contributions to the field.
Barkerville Historic Town & Park and Huble Homestead Historic Site are nominated in the Award of Merit - Innovative Practice category.
Barkerville turned to technology to provide their educational programs where the usual 4,000 students who used to visit in person were treated to a covid-safe online experience instead.
Huble Homestead turned to the creative arts with a beautifully illustrated children’s book called Ceepee and the Fish Camp that included words in the Lheidli T’enneh dialect. This is one of many books in the series showcasing the regional history and this book’s purpose was to work towards reconciliation.
The book compliments on-site programs at Huble Homestead and is made available for free to all Lheidli members and was donated to Dakelh language classrooms and First Nations education programs.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Exploration Place embraced contemporary collecting as a community service and opportunity for engagement that will benefit the region’s future. The new collection has come from the community and will show future generations the impacts, both large and small, that the pandemic time had on everyone.
To vote online visit https://museum.bc.ca/2021-bcma-awards-nominees/