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Our Hudson’s Hope Cowboys: Packers along the trail, 75th anniversary of 1934 Charles Bedaux Expedition Fonds
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Development

This series consists of the developmental stages of the Packers on the Trail project undertaken by Jay Sherwood and Ross Peck, who are avid and valued researchers for the Hudson's Hope Museum. This series also includes documents detailing the promotion and awards that were created and presented for this project. This series is arranged into four sub-series: Funding, Jay Sherwood Research, Committee Meetings, and Promotion.

Funding

This series consists of the acknowledgment of the financial support from government agencies that helped make this project such a success. The BC150 Heritage Legacy Fund (BC150HLF) was the main contributor with additional assistance from the Writers' Union of Canada. The BC150HLF was supported by the Province of BC to help communities celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the province. It financed projects that highlighted BC’s History from 1858 to 2008 and as the Bedaux expedition was a marker for BC history, a grant application submitted by museum manager, Rosaleen Boardman, was successful. The Writers' Union of Canada, that works to improve the position of Canadian writers, contributed travel assistance to authors to attend the exhibit opening. The forms for the grant requests are included in this sub-series. This sub-series is arranged into two files: BC150 Legacy fund, and Writers' Union of Canada funding.

Jay Sherwood

This series consists of textual documentation for the Packers on the Trail information that was obtained and recorded by Jay Sherwood. Jay Sherwood is a M.A. graduate with professional interests in historical research, working in national, provincial and regional archives, and conducting historical interviews, book talks and genealogy. He currently is employed as a Librarian at St. George’s School in Surrey BC, Canada. Mr. Sherwood is also a well published and prominent Vancouver author who worked to edit and preserve the authenticity of the language throughout the publication of the new edition of "Bannock and Beans". His research contributions to the Packers on the Trail project were invaluable. Mr. Sherwood traveled to the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa and to the Glenbow Museum; his indexing of the captions for the photos from the Bob White photo album are included in this sub-series along with an excerpt from Bob White’s account of freighting on the Bedaux Expedition. This sub-series is arranged into two files: Bob White Photos at Glenbow, and the Bedaux Freight outfit on upper Muskwa.

Committee meetings

This sub-series consists of both textual and photographic evidence of the work and discussion from the committee formed to organize the Packers on the Trail exhibit. Included are detailed recordings of the minutes and ideas that correspond with the development of the project. These documents include the names of the members that were present at the meetings. This reflects the progress that was made and the duties assigned to different members. The photographic pieces included provide evidence of the members that were present during the meeting as well as the location, St. Peter’s Church Hall, where the meetings were held. This sub-series is arranged into three files: Report, Minutes, and three photographs of committee meetings.

Promotion

This sub-series contains the extensive textual and photographic documents detailing the promotion of the Packers on the Trail project. Museum manager, Rosaleen Boardman, worked tirelessly to promote the project across North America and her efforts, along with those of the Hudson’s Hope Historical Society, were greatly rewarded. The Press attention file covers articles written for the Citroën Autoclub of Canada’s magazine Citroënvie, BC Historical Federation newsletter, press releases for the opening of the exhibit, anniversary activities, book launch, and funding, History Now, newspaper report on Bedaux weekend. All of these articles outline and dictate the recognition that the project received as well as the content of the Packers on the Trail project. Included also is the brochure from the project. The in-house promotion of the project was a phenomenal success. Along with this project came both wholehearted inter-museum support and awards both of which are shown on the textual and photographic documentation in the photos file. This sub-series is arranged into three files: Promotion files, In-house promotion files, Awards files.

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