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WHO WE ARE

ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

The Northern Trails Heritage Society (NTHS) was established in 2015 to connect the museums in the Northeastern part of British Columbia. The Alaska Highway is our main street stretching for hundreds of miles from Dawson Creek to the Yukon border. The NTHS shares heritage issues, practices and programs among the 8 museums in the Peace River Regional District and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.

The museum gatherings were initiated by the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council. They were handed the title and granted charitable status in 2017 when the original Northern Trails Society disbanded due to members moving out of the region.

 

The Alaska Highway is our main street stretching for almost 1500 kilometres from Dawson Creek to the Yukon border. The NTHS shares heritage issues, practices and programs among the eight museums in the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM). The Peace Liard Regional Arts Council established the Northern Trails Heritage Society in 2015 to facilitate communication and sharing of resources among the museums and collectors of artifacts.

The NTHS is a charitable non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. The organization is striving for sustainable funding and to date has accomplished awareness and public relations projects closely related to tourism.

NTHS is the only regional organization with a mandate to preserve heritage working in partnership with the PRRD and NRRM and all the communities in the Northeast.
The NTHS aims to stimulate residents and inform visitors of the rich heritage of Northeastern BC by working with the schools, businesses and community groups. Each museum focuses on what is unique to their community and plans heritage projects and events to instill pride in local residents.
Our membership continues to grow and now includes Arts and Culture organizations, and numerous individuals who feel strongly about the importance of Heritage.

Northern Trails Heritage Society believes that understanding the paths that brought us to our present day civilization will set us on the right routes to future development for the best outcome for humanity.

Trails come in all forms in Northern BC. Among the heritage trails are the extensive river systems, horse-packing freight trails, native hunting trails, bush pilot routes, railways and logging roads. Modern trails are paved roads, walking paths, bike trails, ski trails and hiking paths. The Northern Trails Heritage Society aims to rediscover heritage trails, document trails that connect our history, and forge new trails in the pursuit of preserving the heritage of Northeastern BC.

OUR PEOPLE

Meet the amazing directors, members and volunteers that make us special.

Sue Popesku

Sue Popesku

Founding Chair


In Memoriam

1948-2020

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Elinor Morrissey

Elinor Morrissey

Chair

Hudson’s Hope Museum

Robin Holstein

Robin Holstein

Vice-Chair

Alaska Highway Historical Journey Travel Guide

Heather Sjoblom

Heather Sjoblom

Treasurer

Fort St. John North Peace Museum

Sean Graham

Sean Graham

Secretary / Web Designer

Alaska Highway Historical Journey Travel Guide

Anne Haycock

Anne Haycock

Director

Dawson Creek Museum

Wally Pohlmann

Wally Pohlmann

Director

Peace Crossing Historical Society

PROJECTS TO DATE

 

2016:
Obtained Grant from BCMA for the “Emergence” sculpture celebrating the Alaska Highway 75th Anniversary in partnership with the PLRAC.

2017:
Northeastern BC Heritage Auto Circle Tour Booklet.
Printed and distributed 10,000 copies

2018:
Increased communication online
Digitalized Northeastern BC Heritage Auto Circle Tour Booklet
Information is updated regularly and published online
https://www.alaskahighwayjourney.com/attractions/northern-trails-heritage-society/
https://www.nths.ca/trails/

2019:
Interpretive Kiosk Sign project
Interpretive Signs showcasing the Heritage Auto Circle Tour map & key regional points of interest.

2020:
NTHS.ca website

Partners:
Little Prairie Heritage Museum, Tumbler Ridge Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, Hudson’s Hope Museum, Bear Flat Museum, Pouce Coupe Museum, Village of Pouce Coupe, South Peace Historical Society, District of Taylor, Fort St. John North Peace Museum, Fort Nelson Heritage Museum, Alaska Highway Historical Journey Travel Guide

Supporters:
Peace River Regional District, Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, Peace Liard Regional Arts Council, NE Community Consortium – Destination BC Co-op Funding Program, NDIT, Tourism Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark, Chromaside Website Development

Donors:
Alaska Highway Road Show, Dalglish Family/Foundation from Ontario, Dawson Creek A&W, Fosters RV, Sureus Pipeline, BC Hydro WAC Bennett Dam, PRRD Regional Parks, Northern Rockies Lodge