Established in 1977, YHMA works to inspire and share a passion for Yukon heritage. Charitable No: 11930 7924 RR 0001
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E-Bulletin | August 15, 2014

1. YHMA Commemorates the Outbreak of WWI
2. Yukon Stories from Seniors Exhibit Opening
3. Yukon Wildlife Preserve - Save the Fox Fundraising Campaign
4. Finding the A.J. Goddard Kickstarter campaign has reached its goal!
5. Sheldon Museum Totem Trot
6. Yukon Heritage Happenings

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1. YHMA Commemorates the Outbreak of WWI
A special event was held by YHMA at the Palace Grand Theatre in Dawson this past week to commemorate the outbreak of the first world war and news of war reaching the territory. Opening remarks were given by Max Fraser on behalf of YHMA followed by guest speaker Michael Gates. Parks Canada staff presented a re-enactment of the moment that news of war reached Dawson City residents in 1914. A reception followed the event. The event proved very popular, over 100 people were in attendance! The event is part of a broader YHMA initiative to commemorate Yukon participation  in the conflict and explore a relatively little known period in Yukon's history.

Thank you to NVD and Yukon Brewing for their support as well as to all our volunteers who made this event a success!

More photos of the event can be found here.
2. Yukon Stories from Seniors Exhibit Opening 

The Yukon Transportation Museum invites you to the opening of its new exhibit, Yukon Stories From Seniors  September 16th, 2014 at 2pm.
3.Yukon Wildlife Preserve - Save the Fox Fundraising Campaign

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve is raising funds to create an enclosure for a red fox which as been left in their care. The fox was found near Marsh Lake by a family who originally believed it was a puppy. It was a brought to the Wildlife Preserve where it was identified as a red fox. In order to provide continuing care for the fox the Wildlife Preserve has asked for the public's help.

For more information and to donate click here.

4.Finding the A.J. Goddard Kickstarter campaign has reached its goal!
Jesse Davidge is making a documentary about his uncle, Doug Davidge, and his discovery of the AJ Goddard, a sternwheeler that was lost for over 100 years. The wreckage was discovered at Lake Laberge,Yukon back in 2008 and recently became a Yukon Historic site.Through animation, film footage of dives, and interviews of the archaeologists and hobbyists who were with Doug the day he finally found the A.J. Goddard, the film will tell the emotional story of this personal quest. 

Jesse and Doug hoped to raise $10,000 towards this project and reached this goal on August 6th. For more information on this project click here.
5. Sheldon Museum Totem Trot

Please join us! On August 23, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. athletes, walkers and supporters of the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center in Haines, Alaska will be lining up to run or walk 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) to visit each of the town's historic totem poles in the first community Totem Trot. A circuitous route loops participants through the downtown and Fort Seward areas, as they stop at twelve locations, viewing 19 totem poles and panels. Volunteers at each pole will punch athletes' cards to prove they stopped at that location. Those more inclined to meander can stop and ask questions of the volunteer at each pole. Participants pay $15 and receive a scarf imprinted with the Museum's Friendship pole and a small booklet about the totem poles. Participants are encouraged to garner sponsorships, using printed forms or the new website: If a participant raises more than $100, their $15 registration will be refunded. Prizes will be distributed to the fastest runners and walkers, and to those with the highest sponsorships. After the Trot is completed, the Museum will unveil its new totem pole, freshly completed by local carver Jim Heaton.
6. Yukon Heritage Happenings Roundup

Heritage is happening at museums, cultural centres and historic sites across the Territory! Here are some of the programs and events going on throughout the Yukon:

Yukon Wildlife Preserve:
km 8 Takhini Hot Springs Road | Open Daily 9:30am-6pm (May 31st-Aug 31st)

Fun Run | Monday August 18th | Registration: 9:30-10:15am, Race Starts 10:30
Our 3rd annual fun-run fundraiser is on Monday August 18th. This year money generated from the event will go towards our Definitely a Fox, Fund campaign. Run Wild is a 5 km run or walk around our scenic loop, bring your family, bring your friends or come and make some new ones as you help to raise money for our red fox. There will be door prizes and plenty of fun to be had. 

Seniors $12; adults $15; Youth $10; Children $7; Children under 5 are free. Donations are always welcomed. 

Yukon Arts Centre (Old Fire Hall) (Whitehorse):
1105 Front Street, Whitehorse 

Chilkoot Trail Artists in Residence Talk: Daphne Mennell | Wednesday August 27 | 5:30pm
Daphne Mennell is one of the Yukon's better known artist. She has a number of pieces in major public collections throughout the world. Her paintings are known for their lively colour and movement, depicting the Yukon and Alaska landscapes she loves. Perhaps Daphne's most beloved work is the "Whitehorse Horse", a large metal sculpture that rears above the main roadway into Whitehorse, Yukon. She created this sculpture along with the caribou atop the Carcross village entrance sign, with the assistance of welder Roger Poole.

Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre (Dawson):
1131 Front Street, Dawson City | Open Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm (June-Sept)

Come celebrate Discovery Days in Dawson City with Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre.

Frost Exploding Trees Moon | Saturday August 16th | 2pm
Contemporary dance performance by Michelle Olsen


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