Fernie Museum Project
With the signing of a 25 year lease with the City of Fernie, in February 09, the BC Hydro building is officially in the care of the Fernie & District Historical Society. This distinctive heritage treasure in the heart of the historic center of town is the perfect place for Fernie's new Museum & Information Centre. A vibrant addition to Victoria Avenue's attractions, it will help to ensure our downtown continues to be the centre for business, arts and culture in our community.
The restoration and renovation of this building for a permanent museum is "The Fernie Museum Project". We thank the City of Fernie for offering us the opportunity to embark on this project in one of Fernie's most important heritage buildings.
Presentations of current and early history through a variety of mediums with input from old and new citizens are envisioned, making this facility a vibrant gathering place to share stories that celebrate our diversity and our connections shaped by the powerful landscape we live in.
The project will also create gallery space suitable for local, and touring art, and historical exhibits.
September 28th 2012- Our accessibility lift has been completed, inspected and approved for public use. To mark the opening of the lift there will be a celebration in the 2nd floor Museum Gallery. Everyone is invited. Special honoured guests include Grace Brulotte ( who will take the inaugural ride in the lift) our funders ; Teck, CBT, FAR, Fernie Rotary, the Sombrowski family and local individuals and businesses who helped make it happen; Shoesmith Construction, D's Drywall, Cooks Electric and Clark Webber of Bluerock Engineering.
Jan. 22nd. WE HAVE OUR OCCUPANCY PERMIT! COME IN AND HAVE A LOOK. Our doors are open as Fernie's Visitor Information Centre and Museum. Exhibit design can only just begin however, as all of our manpower has been devoted the past year especially the past four months, to the renovation.
Much planning and fundraising needs to happen before we can produce our "core exhbit"
NEXT STEPS - The final details of phase one include the installation of a handicap lift in the old vault on the main floor for handicap access to the 2nd floor gallery. Energy efficient windows still need to be installed on first and second floors as well.
WE ARE STILL RAISING FUNDS FOR PHASE TWO AND THREE which include the development of a core exhibit for the main floor exhibit hall and the restoration of the building's exterior. Phase two and three are scheduled to start in 2012.
THE FERNIE MUSEUM PROJECT IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS FUNDING PROVIDED BY-
Columbia Basin Trust Community Development Program for $92,000
RCR Community Summit Fund for $21,000
Island Lake Resort Group for $15,000
Art and Ingrid Sombrowski $10,000
Fernie Rotary Club - $10,000
City of Fernie Resort Municipality Tax Transfer Program $10,000 (plus 25 year lease for $25.00)
BC Hydro for $5,000 over two years
Scotia Bank, Fernie Branch $2,500
BP for $2,000
MANY THANKS TO MANY CONTRACTORS, INDIVIDUALS AND PROFESSIONALS WHO DONATED TIME, LABOR, MATERIALS AND MONEY FOR PHASE ONE OF THIS PROJECT. THEY HAVE HELPED TO CREATE A GRAND PUBLIC SPACE FOR THE COMMUNITY AND VISITORS AND A LEGACY THAT WILL BE ENJOYED FOR GENERATIONS!
Key volunteers- Kevin Knight, Julie Langille, Allan Mitchel, Lori Bradish, Dee Hattina, Dave O’Haire, Mike
Pennock, Rod Geddis, Barry Dootoff, Terri Robins, Brian Browning, Dave Bird, Sandra Summerﬁeld, Krista Turcasso,
Ryland and Luke Nelson, Josh Marr, Cam and Lori Kennedy, and particularly Laura and Terry Nelson, Brian Davies and Vanessa Raber
whom were fundamental to the project’s completion.
Many local professionals donated their valuable time and expertise to the project. We'd like to thank Nick Vale, Arthur
Sombrowski, Andrew Buchan, Sylvia Ayers,Marko Maryniak, Angela Morgan, Patti Emmerson, Keya White, Clark Webber, and Randal Macnair.
The help of these generous and resourceful individuals is much appreciated.
Jan 15th,16th and 17th. IGOR LANDA,ZDENEK AND LANKA worked all weekend and late into the night... early morning actually, to install custom mosaic tiles in both bathrooms, both entries and at the base of the staircase. The tiles were specially made to replicate the original tiles that were uncovered during the renovation but were in too poor shape to salvage. The condition of the floors at the entries of the building made the job a difficult one. This is an incredibly generous contribution made by Igor. The tiles look beautiful! The crowning feature of the project. Many, many thanks!
March. 10th IAN STOKIE volunteered to replicate and install trim around doors on the 2nd floor. Many thanks Ian. It looks great!
Jan 15th. JOSH ARCHIBALD - Helped with carpentry and code details at a reduced rate as we raced to the finish! Thanks Josh.
Jan. 14th. TARA HIGGINS AND SALLY BERQUIST VOLUNTEER TO PAINT CEILING TILES ON 2ND FLOOR. A huge help ! This really transforms the space! Thanks girls!
Dec. 16th. TARA HIGGINS OF PAINTED AND PLASTERED VOLUNTEERS TO SPRAY PLASTER MOULDINGS AND 1ST COAT ON UPSTAIRS WALLS.
Despite her incredibly busy schedule, Tara Higgins stepped up to help with the painting at the Museum Project. Her generous and experienced efforts resulted in a quality paint job on the beautifully detailed plaster mouldings , and a huge savings of time and effort for the volunteers. - It's said that if you need help getting something done, ask someone who is really busy. I've seen this happen over and over on the project. These types of people know how to get things done and are happy to help. Thanks Tara!
Dec. 10th. JARED ROBINSON FLOOR REFINISHING-
Jared has given us a very good price for refinishing the oak floors on the main floor and the maple floors on the 2nd level. Many thanks Jared!
Dec. 5th. NUFLOORS OFFERS ALL MATERIALS AT COST-
Dennyse and Steve of Nufloors have generously offered to charge only cost on all materials needed for the museum project. This allows for huge savings on paint and ceiling tiles. Many Thanks !
Nov. 27th. SOMBROWSKI FAMILY DONATES $10,000 TO MUSEUM PROJECT.
Art and Ingrid Sombrowski presented the Fernie and District Historical Society with a $10,000 cheque today at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of their building. The Sombrowskis have supported the efforts of the Historical Society for many years, and this generous and much appreciated donation will greatly help us as we work to bring Fernie a new museum and restore the BC Hydro building. Congratulations to them on the completion of the restoration of the Trites Woods building. Their efforts make it possible for this historic building to be enjoyed and appreciated by citizens and visitors for another 100 years!
Nov. 26th. DARREN HATINA OF D'S DRYWALL HELPS OUT-
Darren Hatina stepped up to take on the drywall job at the museum project. He offered us a very generous deal, arranged a 40 % discount on the board from his supplier Shoemaker Drywall, and spent much extra time ( and patience) helping with various wall finishing details. Many thanks Darren and crew.
Nov.25th. SHOEMAKER DRYWALL GIVES PROJECT 40% DISCOUNT-
Many thanks to Marcell at Shoemaker Drywall for this generous discount! This type cost savings allows us to accomplish more with limited funds!
Nov. 24th. COOKS ELECTRIC MAKES DONATION TO MUSEUM PROJECT.
Andy Buchan of Cooks Electric announced that he will give the Society a 10% discount on work done by his company. He has also offered to charge only his cost for all materials used in the project. This translates to roughly a $6,000 donation. Thanks Andy! Many thanks to his crew Gord, Todd and lately, Syl, who have been very pleasant to work with despite the dirty, challenging conditions involved in running wire in such an old, mostly brick and plaster building.
Nov. 12th- STRATTON PLUMBING AND HEATING DONATES PLUMBING UPGRADES-
Many thanks to Stratton Plumbing and Heating for this very important contribution. Lead pipes were removed and replaced, proper venting installed, water shut off in basement improved and plans for new water service in the spring in place. Stratton has also generously donated handicap sink and toilet for the main floor bathroom. This kind of community minded spirit and generosity is what makes Fernie such an amazing place to live! Thanks Rick!
Nov. 12th CAMERON ENTERPRISES DONATES OUTHOUSE until our toilets are in. Thanks Randy!
Nov. 1st FERNIE RENTALS OFFERS USE OF EQUIPMENT WE NEED FOR FREE! Many thanks to Duncan at Fernie Rentals for this generous offer!
Oct. 29th - IGOR'S CONSTRUCTION DONATES REPLICA HISTORIC TILES -
IGOR LANDA OF FERNIE has very generously offered to remove old tiles that were uncovered on the main floor that are in very poor condition, and prepare the floor so we can put down oak to match up with the existing oak flooring. This is no small feat as the section of tile is 10 feet wide and 30 feet long with 8 inches of concrete underneath!. He has offered to install new mosaic tiles with a border pattern that will match the original in the front entry , two washrooms and at the base of the staircase. All this as a donation to the community! This is a huge contribution that will improve the overall condition of the floor, add to the aesthetic of the building and become an enduring heritage feature to be enjoyed for many generations. Many thanks to Igor and his crew!!!
Oct. 29th-DUANE JANZEN has donated oak flooring he removed from his home during recent renovations. The oak is from a similar era, and is the same 2" width as the museum building's floor. Thanks to Duane!
Oct. 29th MOW AND SNOW volunteered to haul away the pile of debris that came from the tile removal! Many thanks to to them as well. How fortunate we all are to live in a community with so many capable and generous people!
Summer 09- Things are moving along behind the scenes with the Fernie Museum Project. We have been busy writing grants and making plans for electrical, heating /plumbing and other occupancy code related issues.
We are very excited to announce that we have received confirmation of support so far, from the RCR Community Summit Fund for $21,000, the Fernie Rotary Club with proceeds from their annual golf tournament for the next two years (approx. $4000-$5000/year) and the Columbia Basin Trust Community Development Program for $92,000. NEW FUNDERS TO ADD TO THE GROWING LIST are Island Lake Resort Group for $15,000, $10,000 from City of Fernie Resort Municipality Tax Transfer Program, BC Hydro for $5,000 over two years, BP for $2,000, and Art and Ingrid Sombrowski for a very generous $10,000.
The recent confirmation of funding from the CBT will enable us to begin occupancy code work in the near future.
We are also counting on the support of local citizens, vacation home owners and visitors to help bring this wonderful project to fruition.
We invite everyone who loves Fernie to support the Fernie Museum Project with a tax deductible financial donation. Your contribution towards this project will help create a legacy that will continue to have a positive impact on Fernie citizens and visitors, for years to come.
Please make cheques payable to Fernie & District Historical Society, and mail to P.O Box 1527 Fernie B.C. V0B1M0
-You can also make an online donation with Visa or MasterCard at www.ferniemuseum.com
We thank you in advance for your support, and will issue you a tax deductible receipt when we receive your contribution.
RECENT WORK PARTIES - Sept.-
Much was accomplished at two recent work parties at the Museum building. Oak office on main floor was opened up, old florescent lights and ceiling fans were removed from the ceiling ( many thanks to Allan Mitchel!) The carpet was pulled up, as well as the old linoleum, revealing the original oak floor and ceramic tiles that must have been the public area in front of the tellers' counter in the Home Bank (built in 1908/09). Demolition of 2nd floor offices took place to make ready for reconfiguration of duct work and new electrical. It can only get prettier from here!
Thanks to Brian Davies, John Francis, Rod Geddis, Allan Mitchel, Julie Langille, Ryland Nelson, Josh Marr, Sandra Summerfield, Terri Robins, Terry & Laura Nelson, and Mike Pennock who made it happen!
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE FERNIE MUSEUM PROJECT
An important part of our community function is to provide information to the people of Fernie as well as to visitors from around the world. In our temporary location we responded to over 200 requests for archival information and saw over 9,000 visitors annually. Since gaining occupancy to our newl Museum after the completion of phase one of the museum project, (January 2010) visitation numbers have increased over 50%.
Fernie’s new Museum & Information Centre will be an important welcoming place for visitors to learn what Fernie and its businesses have to offer for recreation,entertainment, shopping, accommodation and services. Visitors can also learn about the generations of people who shaped the character of the town - how their common experience related to coal mining, logging and landscape created a solid community, whose hardships and achievements continue to impact Fernie today.
The first floor will house a core exhibit on Fernie's early history, as well as changing exhibits on various themes, and the Fernie Visitor Information Centre . The second floor will be a gallery/exhibit space suitable for local and touring art and historical exhibits. The basement will be used for collection and preservation of artifacts and archives.
The Fernie and District Historical Society is pragmatic about the scope of the project, having created achievable phases, and refinishing rather than replacing to keep costs as low as possible. At this point, the board has completed the strategic planning process, branding , and has developed a new website, enhancing the visibility of the Fernie Museum and the project that lays before us, and our membership drive is going extremely well. Community involvement begins this May with a survey, available online and at various locations in town. The code review analysis is completed, and upgrades are necessary to achieve fire/safety and handicap access code requirements to create a safe work environment and public space for staff/volunteers, citizens/ visitors where we can deliver programs, services, and exhibits.
Many local professionals have already donated their valuable time and expertise to the project. We'd like to thank Nick Vale, Arthur Sombrowski, Andrew Buchan, Sylvia Ayers, Marko Maryniak, Angela Morgan, Patti Emmerson, and Randal Macnair. The help of these generous and resourceful individuals is much appreciated.
We are in the grant writing process right now.One of these is a provincial grant for matching funds, where we can leverage our existing building fund. The Society is currently looking for partners for funding at the local level, including government, business, and citizens. We are a non profit organization with charitable status and can issue tax deductible receipts.
Fernie’s incredible community spirit and determination has worked its magic on other projects like the Arts Station and our Heritage Library. We invite and encourage input from citizens for this project. Together, we can create a living history, and in doing so, we can ensure that Fernie’s heritage and distinct character figure prominently in the vision for Fernie’s Future.
To make a tax deductible contribution, volunteer time or services, or to become a member, please contact us at the present Museum location or: