Ashcroft Museum and Archives - Ashcroft, BC
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N 50° 43.380 W 121° 16.864
10U E 621329 N 5620430
One of the better small town museums in southern BC, the Ashcroft Museum's home is a historic brick building, built in 1917.
Waymark Code: WM1169Q
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 08/23/2019
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop
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Filling both floors of the two storey brick "Dominion" building, the Ashcroft Museum is the repository of a large and eclectic collection of artefacts which accompanied the growth and development of ashcroft and area.

In the collection are artefacts depicting day to day domestic life, work life and leisure activities enjoyed by the pioneers of Ashcroft. Over the past 35 years the collection has continued to grow, and now features displays about the McAbee Fossil Beds, First Nations baskets, Ashcroft’s Chinese heritage, mining, and much more.

On the building's exterior is a Village of Ashcroft heritage marker bearing a short history of the building itself:
Erected in 1917 as the Dominion Public Building, this was originally a wooden structure, bricked over in 1933-34. First built as the Ashcroft Post Office to replace the one burned in the 1916 fire, it also housed the telephone and telegraph offices, and for a while the customs office. The Village of Ashcroft acquired the building in 1980, for the Museum and Archives, which officially opened in 1982.
The "Dominion Building" is actually the fourth home of the museum, the history of which goes back to its founding in 1935, when it was opened by Journal editor R.D. Cumming in space above The Journal, the local newspaper. In the early 1950s the collection was moved to the vacant Harvey Bailey warehouse on the east side of Railway Avenue, where it remained on display for several years. When that building was razed by its owner, the Canadian Pacific Railway, the collection went into storage until the opening of the new combination museum and fire hall in Cumming’s name in 1958. After that building had been overcrowded for several years, the museum was finally moved to this building in 1982.
Ashcroft Museum
Located in the brick "Dominion" building, built in 1917, the Ashcroft Museum is located at the corner of Brink and 4th Street. Originally the Village Post Office, the Ashcroft Museum moved into the building in 1980.

Considered one of the best museums located in any BC Village, the collection includes artifacts that date back to the early 1900's and and bears witness to Ashcroft's "Glory Days". Displays honour the local Indigenous People, the Chinese community and other pioneers of the area. Ranching, sports, and fossils exhibits are featured on the top floor, as well as one of the most popular displays “the coal mine.” The museum also features a changing display, and each year something new is showcased! The Museum also has extensive archives relating to the history and its pioneer families, and museum staff is happy to assist visitors who are looking for information.

Entrance to the museum is by donation and a lift enables visitors with mobility issues to access the main floor.
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Type of Marker: Cultural

Type of Sign: Historic Site or Building Marker

Describe the parking that is available nearby: Park on the street right at the museum

What Agency placed the marker?: Village of Ashcroft

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