While much attention is being focussed on the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery and its official opening on Wednesday, June 27, the Museum Foundation exhibits in the Community Centre will also be enhanced in the near future. Three new nominees will be inducted into the Tumbler Ridge Sports Hall of Fame, and a new exhibit, entitled ?Who was Alex Monkman?? will be opened.
The latter exhibit was prompted by the plethora of items named after this heroic pioneer: Monkman Provincial Park, Monkman Glacier, Monkman Pass, Monkman Lake, Monkman Creek, Monkman Falls, Monkman Way etc. So many people have expressed a need to know more about him and the projects he initiated in the Tumbler Ridge area. This exhibit will also focus on the praiseworthy efforts to preserve and restore the Monkman Homestead and Barn which are the oldest surviving buildings in the Peace Region (1906).
In the more distant future, another exhibit is planned to celebrate the life and works of Euphemia McNaught, the pioneer artist of the Peace who derived much inspiration from her Monkman Pass expeditions, and created the first, and some of the finest, art of the Tumbler Ridge mountains, lakes and creeks.
The District of Tumbler Ridge has worked with the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation to develop road signs in town for visitors, directing them to the TRMF?s Dinosaur Discovery Gallery and the Community Centre exhibits. These signs are currently awaiting installation.