THE CHANGING FACE OF THE PEACE

HUDSON’S HOPE, BC – From dinosaurs to dams, the Hudson’s Hope section of the Peace River Valley has experienced a wide range of events and activities that have shaped the region’s human and natural history.

The Hudson’s Hope Historical Society, with the support of the Royal BC Museum’s Living Landscapes: Peace River-Northern Rockies initiative, is developing a series of teaching modules to acquaint local students with this unique history.

“Hudson’s Hope has a diverse and intriguing history,” says Mrs. Lisa Hildebrandt, Senior Coordinator for the Hudson’s Hope Museum, who is overseeing the project. “It is very exciting to be developing a program that will make this history available to our youth, specifically grades 3 through 7 and secondary grade 9. Hopefully we can instill a passion for local history through hands-on and personalized experiences.”

Pauline Rafferty, CEO of the Royal BC Museum, sees value in the integration of local history into the school curriculum.

“Through these modules, students will be able to directly relate the knowledge and skills they gain to their immediate surroundings, which will help make learning history a fun and personally meaningful experience,” Rafferty said. “We are pleased to support the Hudson’s Hope Historical Society in this initiative, which will help foster appreciation and respect for the natural environment of northern British Columbia.”

Representatives of the District of Hudson’s Hope, also a key supporter of the project, look ahead to a connection with the community’s bicentennial celebration coming up in 2005.

“Living Landscapes provides a vehicle for defining and showcasing our heritage”, said Mayor Lenore Harwood. “With the renewed interest in the nearby Gething Creek dinosaur trackways, and the recent discoveries at Tumbler Ridge, networking opportunities allow us to work together to provide fresh, informative and exciting interpretations to support local tourism, as well as education and scientific studies.”

Living Landscapes: Peace River-Northern Rockies is a research and public education project that explores stories that highlight the diverse human and natural history of northeastern British Columbia. Research and educational material obtained through this project will become available on the Royal BC Museum’s Living Landscapes website, and will provide regional perspectives for the new BC Gallery currently being developed at the Royal BC Museum.

The museum’s Living Landscapes program is entering its ninth year, with earlier work having occurred in the Thompson Okanagan, Columbia River Basin, and Upper Fraser Basin regions.

The Royal BC Museum, recently awarded Crown Corporation status, is a cultural, educational and historic institution that was founded in 1886. It is responsible for collecting, displaying and researching the province’s human and natural history. The Living Landscapes: Peace River-Northern Rockies initiative is being generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation.

For more information on this initiative, please visit http://livinglandscapes.bc.ca, or call Living Landscapes Manager Brian Apland at 250-387-2457, or Regional Coordinator Kathleen O’Neill at 250-787-1203.