The Princeton Museum

The Princeton Museum BuildingIf you “dig history” it’s time to join the Princeton Museum Society. Our Museum has undergone many transformations over the decades – from its early years in a log cabin to the building it is in today on Vermilion Avenue. Until now, the Museum has shared its accommodation with the Library but all that is about to change. This year the Library moved to a new location and now the Museum is ready to undergo a major face-lift. What was the old Library, will become the Gloria Stout Wing named in honour of Mrs. Stout who left a generous bequest to the Museum she loved.

The Museum will be closed until renovations are completed in 2011, but there is much to do. Decisions must be made, display shelves and cases purchased, and a general reorganization and cataloguing of the entire collection must be tackled. When completed, the famous Joe Pollard Collection of fossils and fluorescent minerals will have an updated home complete with black lights. The bar and gaming machine from Granite Creek will be properly displayed for all to see, and the entrance to the Museum will be magnificent. After walking through the main front doors, guests will move to their left where they will enter an area resembling a mine tunnel. The new Museum will house a meeting room where researchers can access the extensive Archives available. Archival material will be organized in the basement of the new Museum and an elevator will bring material up to the meeting room. The entire building will be updated with modern climate controls that will help protect the fragile contents inside. There will even be a unique gift shop.

This past summer, Coalmont’s own Sharon Anderson was appointed Manager of the Princeton Museum (replacing Nick Mills). She brings with her an extensive background ranging from accounting to experience applying for government grants. Her new position will be a challenging one that will involve hiring and overseeing a staff of summer students and keeping her finger on the pulse of the new Museum, but we are confident with her abilities and excited to have her on board.

This is a fresh, new start for the Princeton Museum and we need volunteers to come and share their passion for the past. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (excluding July and August) at 2 pm in the basement of the Princeton Tourist Information Centre. Membership is $10 per year. If you would like to become a part of history, please join us at our next meeting. We would love to see you there. ~ Diane Sterne (Bob Sterne photo)

Important Update: At the 14/09 museum meeting, it was decided to change the meeting times. The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. It was agreed that we might get a better turnout if we move the meetings to the evening. The meetings will now be held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month (excluding July and August) at 7 pm in the basement of the Princeton Tourist Information Centre.

New Location:
The next meeting of the Princeton Museum Society is Wednesday, February 16 at 7 pm in the Meeting Room of the Princeton Library.
The AGM is Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm in the Meeting Room of the Princeton Library.