Reach Gallery Museum receives national award

Recognized for Voices in the Valley permanent exhibition

The Reach Gallery Museum has been named the recipient of a national award for its Voices of the Valley permanent exhibition.

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford has won a prestigious national award for its Voices of the Valley permanent exhibition.

The museum has been named one of two recipients of the 2016 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming, which recognizes community projects that tell stories about the past in unique and innovative ways.

Voices of the Valley is an exhibition and interpretive program developed in collaboration with the MSA Museum Society in Abbotsford.

Voices of the Valley tells the story of the Abbotsford community through the eyes of individuals who have shaped it, and features on-site educational activities, interactive technologies, and engaging school programs.

“Voices of the Valley presents information through multiple voices, multiple stories, even conflicting voices – allowing people to draw their own conclusions,” says Kris Foulds, The Reach curator of historical collections.

“For example, was the drainage of Sumas Lake positive in that it opened up agricultural land for settlers? Or negative for the First Nations who saw further encroachment on their territory and more land taken away for settlement?”

Janet Walker, president and CEO of Canada’s History, which administers the award, said The Reach has demonstrated that “museum are more than collections of artifacts.”

“They are relevant places of learning that can engage an entire community,” she said.

“By allowing citizens to explore multiple sides of the same question, The Reach helps residents develop a richer understanding of how their communities have changed over time and give greater context to their lives today.”

The Reach will be presented its award on Nov. 28 by Governor General of Canada David Johnson in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

The other award recipient is the Centre d’archives de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Man killed in shooting at Abbotsford bank

Police believe incident on Thursday night to be targeted

Online fundraiser to cover funeral costs of motorcyclist killed in collision

Larry Nizio, 37, died after crash with pickup truck Oct. 12 in Abbotsford

ABBY ELECTION HUB: Everything you need to know in one spot

Interviews, Q&As, info on how to vote, stories on the issues and candidate bios all in one place.

Brothers who shot to fame with Jackson 5 song perform in Abbotsford

Melisizwe Brothers have performed on Ellen and America’s Got Talent

Alzheimer Society presents Family Caregiver Series

Program in Abbotsford runs for three Saturdays, starting Oct. 20

B.C. NDP retreats again on empty-home tax for urban areas

Rate reduced for all Canadians, dissident mayors to get annual meeting

Jets score 3 late goals to beat Canucks 4-1

Winnipeg ends three-game Vancouver win streak

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

B.C. woman looks to reduce stigma surrounding weed-smoking moms

Shannon Chiarenza, a Vancouver mom of two, started to act as a guide for newcomers to legal cannabis, specifically mothers

B.C. teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show, plans O Canada welcome

The Grade 9 student wanted to give away tickets in the spirit of inclusivity

Most Read