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E-Bulletin | September 5, 2014

1. 2014 Fall Heritage Gathering: we want your input!
2. Save the Date: CCI Workshop, Dawson
3. Cultural Programming Workshop, Whitehorse
4. 2014 Culture Days and Doors Open
5. 2014 Museums Alaska Conference
6. New Edition of AMA Starndard Practices Handbook for Museums 

7. Faro Fireweed Festival
8. New Exhibits at the Yukon Arts Centre
9. Book Launch: Polar Winds A Century of Flying the North by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail
10. Seasons Changing at Yukon Museums and Cultural Centres

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1. 2014 Fall Heritage Gathering: we want your input!
The Yukon heritage community will gather this year in Dawson City during the week of October 20-24th, 2014. The week will feature a variety of events, workshops and activities of interest to those engaged in the protection, conservation and celebration of our rich and diverse heritage. In addition to sharing new and best practices, this gathering provides an opportunity to meet others actively involved in museums and heritage conservation across the Territory. All members of the Yukon heritage community are invited to attend.

The Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA) is seeking input for this year's Yukon Heritage Symposium on Oct 23-24th. The Symposium will be structured to encourage peer exchange and facilitate discussion on various topics and skill areas. An emphasis will be placed on practical solutions to real world problems. By strengthening our relationships and drawing from best practices and lessons learned, the Yukon heritage community can work together to continue to inspire and share a passion for Yukon heritage.

For more information on the fall heritage gathering, please visit

We want your input on Symposium topics! Please follow the link below to complete our quick survey.
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2. Save the Date: CCI Workshop, Dawson City
The Canadian Conservation Institute workshop Archival Materials will be held in Dawson City on October 21 and 22nd, 2014. This workshop discusses the structure, composition, and format of various types of archival media. Agents of deterioration are covered, as well as ways to promote longevity through selecting appropriate media, understanding both controllable and less controllable factors, and ensuring proper handling and storage. Ways to minimize potential damage and information loss in an emergency or disaster are also included.

This workshop is for anyone who cares for archival collections. Paper-based records and modern information carriers will be covered. Participant priority is given to Yukon museum, cultural centre and heritage workers. The workshop is free, but participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

Please contact Valery Monahan to register 867-667-3431.
3. Cultural Programming Workshop, Whitehorse

The Department of Tourism and Culture will be hosting a workshopDeveloping Culturally Relevant Programming in Yukon Museums and Cultural Centres” delivered by the University of Victoria. Participation in the training opportunity is free of charge
When:  September 23 & 24, 2014
Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm (lunch provided)
Where:  Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre (on the Alaska Highway next to airport)

To register contact Nyla Klugie-Migwans at 867-633-7999 or email at Deadline to register is September 17, 2014.
4. 2014 Culture Days & Doors Open

Yukon Arts Centre and Yukon Historical and Museums Association are pleased to present Culture Days / Doors Open Yukon 2014. Culture Days weekend will take place across Canada September 26, 27 and 28, 2014, and will feature thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite members of the public to discover, participate in and engage with the arts and cultural life of their communities. Here in Yukon we will be combining Culture Days with Doors Open, an annual international event that provides free public access to culturally and historically important buildings, and celebrating our local arts, heritage and culture with lots of free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes” including a mystery tour, self-guided heritage and culture tours, artist demonstrations and more.

Visit Yukon Culture Days to see the events already registered for this year.

5. 2014 Museums Alaska Conference
The Museums Alaska 2014 joint annual conference will be held in Seward, Alaska October 1-4, 2014. Details and online registration can be found on the Museums Alaska website and the conference website.
6. New Edition of AMA Standard Practices Handbook for Museums
The Alberta Museums Association has published a new edition of Standard Practices Handbook for Museums. This book is used by museums across Canada as a comprehensive and easy to use reference on museum practices.

The Handbook addresses standards of practice and their implementation in seven areas: Museums and Society, Governance and Operations, Collections Management, Conservation, Research, Programming, and Exhibits. Key concepts have been updated and discussions around emergent trends in museum practice have been added.

YHMA is considering a bulk purchase of this book, if you are interested in purchasing a copy please contact us at
7. Faro Fireweed Festival

Saturday September 6th at the Campbell Region Interpretive Centre
8. New Exhibits at the Yukon Arts Centre

produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature in partnership with the Montréal Science Centre, the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.Chill out with Yukon’s massive ice-age mammals. Featuring dozens of real fossils, touchable casts and specimens along with really cool interactives, this exhibition has been seen by millions across North America! The Yukon Arts Centre is one of the few places in the territory that can host an exhibition of this scale and since 90% of the specimens are from the Yukon we are pleased to partner with Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre to bring this exhibition home.

Using almost 200 wall tiles, Tagish-based sculptor Sandra Grace Storey will bring a herd of caribou into the gallery. Sculpted in high and low relief, Storey’s installation will immerse the viewer within a moment of a myth where caribou, raven and children intermingle.
9. Book Launch: Polar Winds A Century of Flying the North by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

On Tuesday September 30th, 6-10pm, the Yukon Transportation Museum will be holding a book launch for the much anticipated Polar Winds A Century of Flying the North by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail.

"They were all gamblers and fortune seekers. They did things on their own — were independent people who wanted to be free to roam. They were good people, but, of course, some were loners or escapists. They all depended strictly on their wits."

Joe McBryan, pilot and owner of Yellowknife-based Buffalo Airways, was talking about gold prospectors in the 1940s when he said this, but he could just as easily have been describing the aviators who have flown northern skies for over a hundred years. They were adventurers and pioneers, but also just men and women doing what was required to make a living north of the sixtieth parallel.

Polar Winds uses the stories of these pilots and others to explore the greater history of air travel in the North, from the Klondike Gold Rush through to the end of the twentieth century. It encompasses everything from exploration flights to the North Pole in airships to passenger travel in jet liners; flying school buses for residential schools to indigenous pilots performing mercy flights; and from the harrowing crashes to the routine supply runs that make up daily life in the North. Above all, it is a unique history told through the experiences of northerners on the ground and in the sky.
10. Seasons Changing at Yukon Museums and Cultural Centres
 Fall is upon us and with this comes the end of our summer season. Many museums and cultural centres have now switched to fall/winter hours or will in the coming weeks.

Binet House | Mayo | Closed Sept 19
Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum | Whitehorse | Closed
Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley | Whitehorse | Closed Sept 15
Dawson City Museum | Dawson City | Tues-Sat 1-5pm Until Sept 30, by appointment after Sept 30
George Johnston Museum | Teslin | Closed
Keno CIty Mining Museum | Keno | Closed
Kluane Museum of Natural History | Burwash Landing | Closed Sept 15
MacBride Museum of Yukon History | Whitehorse | Tues-Sat 10am-4pm or by appointment
Old Log Church Museum | Whitehorse | Closed, open by appointment
Yukon Transportation Museum | Whitehorse | Closed, open by appointment
Campbell Region Interpretive Centre | Faro | Open in September 9am-5pm
Northern Lights Centre | Watson Lake | Open until mid-Sept, by appointment after
Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre | Whitehorse | After September open Sun-Mon 12-5pm
Big Jonathan House | Pelly Crossing | Closed mid-September
Da Ku Cultural Centre | Haines Junction | Open until mid-September, by appointment after
Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre | Dawson City | Open in September, by appointment after
Tagé Cho Hudän Cultural Centre | Carmacks | Open until mid-September, by appointment after
Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre | Teslin | by appointment after September 1
Yukon Wildlife Preserve | Whitehorse | Sun-Tues and Thurs-Sat 10:30am-6pm
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