Wanted New Home for Peace Canyon Pioneer Era Miniature Replica Collection

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The Don Nearhood Museum inside the Peace Canyon Dam Visitor Center could see its first visitors sometime this year.

The Don Nearhood Museum inside the former Peace Canyon Dam Visitor Center could see its first visitors later this year.

The Peace River Regional District plans to hold a board meeting in Hudson’s Hope in May or August, making time to visit the museum at the same time.

Electoral Officer Karen Goodings says Nearhood’s impressive collection of pioneer-era miniature replicas still needs a new home, as BC Hydro has indicated it would like to free up space in the center of Peace Canyon.

“I still think we have to do something about this, and time is getting critical for me to see that happen,” Goodings said at a March 17 meeting of the Electoral Area Directors Committee.

“I really believe that if our directors had the opportunity to see this somewhat unique museum, it might inspire someone to say, ‘You know what, we could host some of it,’ or a suggestion of where it could be hosted. ”

The collection, handcrafted by Nearhood, was acquired by the PRRD in 1996 for $20,000 and includes historically significant replicas from the pioneer era: wagon teams, miniature log skids, sleds, barns, farm equipment , ceramic horses and a steamer.

BC Hydro at the time offered to house the collection at Peace Canyon, although the visitor center eventually closed.

The board was previously scheduled to hold a meeting at Hudson’s Hope before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, with restrictions putting travel on hold.

Chairman Brad Sperling said board meetings had already been scheduled and finalized for 2022, but the board could vote to hold a Hudson’s Hope outreach meeting instead, and suggested May as the first choice.

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