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  • Friday • June 17, 2016
  • 7:00 pm
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Launching the Fernie Museum's summer gallery exhibition studying the Elk River, a glacial water source and a place of inspiration and relaxation.

The Elk River has multiple identities – it is a mountain river fed by glaciers; it is a river that provides water and recreation for residents and visitors of the Elk Valley alike; it offers some of the best fly fishing in North America.

This innovative multi-disciplinary exhibition explores the importance of water as a critical topic of the 21st century and encourages visitors learn how this precious resource has helped shape and define our region. 

Through artworks by local artists and interactive interpretive panels and activities, the exhibit explores five themes:

  • Historical perspectives of the Elk River, including Ktunaxa legends (Frog and Deer tribes) and exploration of the Elk River by David Thompson, Father Jean de Smet, Michael Phillips, George Dawson and the Geological Survey of Canada
  • Industrial use of the river for logging, mining discharge, and mills
  • Flooding of the Elk River and communities along the Elk
  • Use of the Elk River for recreation, historically and today
  • Environmental management and stewardship of the Elk River

Related programming delivered in partnership with the Elk River Alliance will include:

  • Exhibit opening reception and curator’s talk
  • Elk River geocache
  • School programs and youth camps
  • Ktunaxa storytelling and crafts
  • Interpretive heritage float trip down the Elk River
  • Lecture series
  • Fly fishing workshop

The Currents exhibit will be on display in the upper gallery (wheelchair accessible) until August 28th and is free to visitors during regular Museum hours.

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