My name is Drew Beard (pictured above) and I am the new 2016 Summer Student for the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives. I am currently a student of the University of Victoria, and I am enrolled in my third year of an English Literature and Medieval Studies double major program. I grew up in the Elk Valley, which is a series of small towns in the mountains of BC – if you’re thinking Fernie or Cranbrook you are in the right area.
Having only visited the Sunshine Coast a couple of times before, and not for very long periods of time, I was excited at the prospect of being able to spend an entire summer in this beautiful place by the ocean. Most of my excitement, however, has been reserved for working within the museum and working with the antique artifacts, photos, and books that are so closely tied to the Coast. My Medieval Studies degree – and the subsequent hours spent in Special Collections poring over manuscripts – introduced me to my love of preserving artifacts and the history they hold. The Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives is a great place for me to learn about the processes archivists take to keep their collections and exhibit spaces up-to-date and accessible to everyone. While it isn’t in Latin or written on animal skin (aka parchment), local histories are just as fun and mysterious as medieval manuscripts!
That being said, this summer position is a great fit for me, and I hope I’ll prove to be a great for for the Museum as well. I will be putting out a blog post every week on varying subjects such as: The Renovation, Cool Things Found in the Archives, Things Learned This Week, How the Museum Works, and Research Stuff. Because this is the first and Introductory Blog Post, I’ll leave you with something Cool I Found in the Archives:
While fulfilling a research request for a picture from the Halfmoon Bay Fall Fair I came across photo 553: an old man and his driving-horse all dressed up for the Gibsons Fall Fair in 1950. The description tells us that this picture depicts “[a] decorated entry in the Fall Fair parade at Gibsons Landing… Ernie Lowe in Ed Turner’s buggy drawn by Al Christenson’s horse”. While there were unfortunately no photos of the Halfmoon Bay Fall Fair, this photo (pictured below) was a nice find.