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Virtual Exhibitions

Roll On Columbia

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Roll On Columbia explores the legacy of the Columbia River Treaty in order to inform present day understanding of the trans-boundary Columbia River watershed ecosystem. Roll On Columbia takes its name from the Woody Guthrie folk song of the same name, date from the era of the Great Depression when mega projects such as dams were celebrated and embraced. Nearly a century later, there is widespread understanding that mega projects transformed human culture’s relationship to water and the ecology of rivers, and not necessarily for the better. Yet, the rivers of southeastern B.C. continue to roll on through the mountains and across the international boundary into the United States, governed by the 50 year old Columbia River Treaty (CRT).

Winner of the Canadian Museum association award of excellence and funded by the Columbia Basin Trust and Fortis BC, the exhibition explores the local and national controversy over a treaty that authorized four mega projects for flood control and increased hydro-power efficiencies, but also negatively impacted ecosystems and human communities without local consultation. 

 

Roll on Columbia was produced by Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History and guest-curated by Eileen Delehanty Pearkes.


Landscape Lost: Forestry and Life in the Duncan River Valley

Changing Waters: The Impact of Hydroelectric Development on the Landscape British Columbia from the Ron Waters Collection

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Captured Power – Hydroelectric Projects from the Stevens Studio Collection

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Discovered – The Kootenay Outlet Collection

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Snapshots of the West

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Landscape Lost: Forestry and Life in the Duncan River Valley

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The creation of the site has been funded in part by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, British Columbia History Digitization Program.


A History of John Houston

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The project was funded through a grant from Columbia Basin Trust/Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, and through contributions from Touchstones Nelson.


heartlab presents: Re-surface

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Touchstones gratefully acknowledges the support of the BC Arts council for making this website possible.


Alf Crossley: Spirit of the Land

Part 1

Part 2


Changes Upstream – the Photographs of Stanley G. Triggs

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The creation of the site has been funded in part by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, British Columbia History Digitization Program.


A Life in the Woods – Oral Histories from the West Kootenay Forests

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Funding for the development of the site was received from the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia.


Sternwheelers of Kootenay Lake

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This online exhibit was developed in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada and local museums and historical societies


Virtual Museum of Canada

The Art of Doukhobor Textiles

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Balance of Power: Hydroelectric Development in Southeastern British Columbia

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The Dewdney Trail

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In the exhibition, the route of the Dewdney Trail can be traced with either an interactive map or a virtual flyover. The exhibition was created in partnership with The Virtual Museum of Canada. Research assistance was provided by: Creston and District Museum, Trail Historical Society, Rossland Museum, Boundary Museum, Fort Steele Archives, Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook, Salmo Museum and Kettle River Museum.


The Silver King

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Virtual Museum of Canada


Red Sky Over Nelson 

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The Nelson Fire Department is rich in history and tradition. The stories and photos captured in this amazing website by Richard Rowberry and Avia Moore depict some of the most incredible tales of bravery by the men and women of the Nelson Fire Department and the strength of the citizens that endured the ravages of fire over the past 124 years.


Arnold Kemball

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A Brave Soldier: The Life and Death of Lt. Col. Arnold Kemball – An Audio Documentary.