Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Fernie & Elk Valley Cultural Guide - Winter 18-19 - Page 10

FERNIE MUSEUM 130+ YEARS OF FERNIE HISTORY INTERPRETING CULTURE  AND HERITAGE FOR TODAY The Fernie Museum has welcomed over 55,000 visitors since it opened to the public in 2013. Located in the 1910 Home Bank Building, the museum is a beautifully restored Italianate structure featuring decorative stonework and original wood finishes. Step inside and explore Fernie. The main floor exhibit, This Is Our Fernie, explores the legends and mythology, fires and mining disasters, and stories of the commercial, sporting, and community life over the past 100+ years. The exhibit includes new digital kiosks featuring stories and images from the traditional occupants of the region, The Ktunaxa Nation, plus more insight into the industrial, cultural and sporting history of Fernie. A range of engaging mini-activities for kids will keep little ones entertained. The second floor gallery features touring and temporary exhibits. Chat with the knowledgeable front desk staff for information on local heritage, events, and activities. 10 TRITES & WOOD MUSEUM SHOP The museum gift shop is located in the former bank managers office at the entrance to the Museum. The shop is modelled after the Trites and Wood Department store that was once located next door and features a curated collection of items inspired directly by the museum’s collection and early life in Fernie. Products include a range of books featuring local and Canadian history plus desktop goods and brass bookstands. Period- style jewellery, scarves and ties, Korite jewellery featuring ammolite gemstones, and children’s toys and games. Fernie-inspired items including Murchie’s Fernie blend tea, Rooftop Coffee Roasters, Fernie Ladies Apothecary Soaps, Elk River Apiaries Honey and Clawhammer Mints. PERFECT LINE IN THE GALLERY UNTIL APRIL 14 Over a period of 18 years, Gordon Milne has attended company class each week to draw the dancers of Alberta Ballet. This ongoing relationship has inspired a very distinctive feel to his drawings and paintings celebrating