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E-Bulletin | December 19, 2014


1. Heritage Regions Workshop | February 17, 2015

9am-4pm Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 | Old Fire Hall 1105 Front Street, Whitehorse

How can heritage resources contribute to community revitalization and economic development?

YHMA is coordinating a Heritage Regions workshop to complement this year’s Heritage Day theme, Main Streets: At the Heart of the Community. This workshop will give participants an overview of the Heritage Regions program which provides an integrated approach to a region’s economy and culture and leverages the resources of multiple communities within it, with an emphasis on tourism. The workshop will be led by Jim Mountain, Regeneration Program Director with the Heritage Canada National Trust.

Participants will explore a variety of topics including land-based heritage resource management, identifying community heritage values and assets, and the contribution of heritage buildings and historic sites in healthy communities. The workshop will share examples and best practices on how to manage, promote and preserve local heritage resources as well as how to begin a community-led initiative.

YHMA acknowledges the support of YG's Historic Sites Unit and Heritage Canada the National Trust for this workshop.

Who should attend?

Community advocates for the preservation and promotion of local and regional history. This can include historical societies, First Nation heritage officers, municipalities, museums and heritage advocates. Members of the tourism community and others interested in place-based cultural tourism are also welcome to attend.

Participants are also invited to attend the Yukon Heritage Awards, taking place 6-8pm, Monday, February 16th at the Yukon Archives. More information on this special event can be found here.

Space is limited: advanced registration is required. Please visit the YHMA website or call 667-4704 for more information.

2. Special offer for YHMA members

In honour of celebration of the bicentennial of David Thompson’s travels to the west, The Champlain Society is offering $20 off the standard annual fee to new members.  As a bonus, new members will receive The Writings of David Thompson, Vol. II: The Travels, 1848 Version and Associated Text, in addition to the 2015 volume, ‘Another World’: William Ord Mackenzie’s Sojourn in the Canadas 1839-1843. Members will also be granted complete online access to the Champlain Society digital collection, which dates back to publications from 1907, an invitation to attend the Annual General Meeting, and much more.
Members of The Yukon Historical & Museums Association who are interested in joining The Champlain Society, can purchase the discounted membership online:, using the coupon code ThompsonSPN. Alternatively, memberships can also be purchased by contacting Lauren Naus at (416) 667-7777 ext 7869 or Deadline to join the society at this specially discounted rate is February 15, 2015.
For over one hundred years, The Champlain Society has echoed the voices of some of Canada’s most eloquent citizens. Since the early 1600s, explorers, merchants, public servants, scientists, ordinary people, and extraordinary men and women have left riveting accounts of their actions and thoughts. Through its books and Digital Collection, The Champlain Society shares these adventures, explorations, discoveries, and opinions that have shaped Canada to all those who have an interest in the past.

3. Reminder: Proposals for Community Memories Program

Community Memories is an investment program that enables small community museums to develop online local history exhibits to share with all Canadians through the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC).

The objectives of Community Memories are to:

  • tell the stories of Canada’s communities and make them accessible to all Canadians;
  • strengthen the capacity of Canada’s community museums to create digital content for use on the Web;
  • increase the Web presence of Canada’s community museums;
  • stimulate community/museum partnerships in the development of online local history exhibits; and
  • engage Canadians in sharing their personal heritage with others.
Community Memories is not a grants and contribution program. The Canadian Museum of History (CMH) enters into contracts with participating institutions for the creation of Community Memories exhibits.
Not-for-profit organizations have until February 27, 2015 to submit proposals for the Community Memories Program.

For more details and the proposal form, please visit here. For further information, please contact
4. Old Log Church Museum Announces New Director
The Yukon Church Heritage Society, which operates the Old Log Church Museum in downtown Whitehorse, is pleased to announce Samantha Shannon as the new Executive Director of the Museum. During Samantha’s time in the Yukon she has worked at a number of Whitehorse heritage organizations including the Old Log Church Museum, Yukon Historical and Museums Association, Yukon Transportation Museum and Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, President Linda Thistle,  ‘we welcome Samantha to her new position at the museum. We look forward to Samantha’s input and new ideas for our future ’.

About the Old Log Church Museum
The Old Log Church Museum is a place of heart, soul and passion. We present fascinating stories and hidden treasures of Yukon’s early pioneers and missionaries, their passion, conviction, and determination in helping to shape Yukon’s history.

The museum is housed in the original Anglican log church building. Built in 1900, it is one of the oldest original buildings in Whitehorse and along with the adjacent log rectory has recently been designated as a territorial and municipal historic site.

For more information we can be contacted at:
5. Call for Donations - Museum of Broken Relationships

The Museum of Broken Relationships is coming to the Yukon just in time for spring break-up. Conceptualized in Croatia by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, the Museum has since toured internationally, amassing an amazing collection. Its Canadian debut here in Whitehorse will include pieces flown from Zagreb, but also your mementos of once grand loves.  It is a chance for every broken hearted person to deal with a relationship ending in a creative way — by making a contribution to the museum and sharing it with the community.
Call for donations for the Whitehorse exhibition
Have you ever had your heart broken? Do you own an object that won’t let you forget? Here’s your chance to give it the perfect new home!
Yukon Arts Centre is co-organizing the collection of objects to be featured in the upcoming Museum of Broken Relationships' exhibition in Whitehorse, Canada. All of the donated objects will be on display at Yukon Arts Centre from March 5 to May 23, 2015. (Only if the number of donated objects exceeds the available space will there be a selection process.) Become a part of global emotional history!
Donations can be made from January 23 to February 19, 2015.
Just fill in the donation form at and you will receive a confirmation e-mail with further instructions. All donations are exhibited anonymously and are non-returnable.
If you have any questions please contact us at: brokenships(at) or 867-667-8460
6. New Resource - Moccasin Storage Mount

A new resource is available on the YG Museums Unit website. This collections care step-by-step guide provides instructions to create custom storage mounts for moccasins. Complete with diagrams and images, this guide gives straightforward directions to create storage mounts that reduce handling and allow for easy access while safely supporting the footwear. The guide can also be adapted or modified for mukluks or western style footwear to meet the needs of the footwear in your collection.

Use it as part of a housing upgrade or storage reorganization project. It also provides a ready-to-go task for interns, students or volunteers. Check out the Museum Resources webpage ( and give the guide a try. Feel free to download, save, print and share!

You can contact Cathy Ritchie, Collections Management Advisory for more information or to share a photo of your finished product:, 667-8022 or toll free at 800-661-0408 x8022
7. Upcoming Black History Month events

February 19 (Thurs.) 7 to 8:30 pm – “Venturing North Cultural Forum” at Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre.
Diane Roberts, a Black Canadian director, writer and cultural animator from Vancouver will be working with the Board and local facilitators in designing an outreach and interactive cultural forum designed to connect new Black and other ethno-cultural participants of Whitehorse with long time residents.

Newcomers from all ethno-cultural communities are welcome as well as seasoned Yukoners. Meet new friends and share your experiences! Family friendly evening with light refreshments.

February 24 from 7 to 8:30 pm New exhibit launch and Guest speaker at the Whitehorse Public Library. Invite your friends and family. We’re pleased to announce that we have invited JOSHUA PHILLPOTTS to speak at the exhibit launch of our new Black History exhibits of Lucille Hunter and Dudley and Reita Morgan families. Funding for Rev. Phillpotts travel courtesy of the New Horizons for Senior’s Program of the Government of Canada.

CBC Book Discussion – in late February, there will be a panel discussion of two books by Black Canadian writers on Dave White’s afternoon program, “Air Play”. The books are Monceros by Suzette Mayr and Soucouyant by David Chariandy.

Book displays will be set up at the Whitehorse Public Library and Mac’s Fireweed Bookstore during the first two weeks in February.

For further information contact Hidden History Society Yukon at or like us on Facebook at
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