Museum to show early computers in TRU’s Science World exhibition

While spring clearly hasn’t arrived yet in our region, spring events are beginning at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin.

By Sheila Wyse

While spring clearly hasn’t arrived yet in our region, spring events are beginning at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin.

On March 5 Reg Beck and Sheila Wyse will host the Museum’s exhibit table at the Celebration of Science at Thompson Rivers University on Western Avenue.

Come and see some fine examples of early communication technology.

This event will be held from 10:30 am to 4 pm.

Children will be intrigued with the size of the first computer used at Columneetza Secondary School.

The tea celebrating Williams Lake’s 82nd birthday will take place on Tuesday, March 15 from 11 am to 2 p.m.

This annual event provides residents and visitors with the opportunity to celebrate our city’s birth and to view the many displays about Williams Lake’s early years.

Many of our local elected officials have accepted our invitation to attend.  Come and have a cup of tea, visit with old friends, or learn about your new home.  Admission is free to the public.

The museum will also have a display at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival from March 10 to 13.

This annual event celebrates all things cowboy and ranching. If you’re in the Kamloops area you’ll enjoy this week of activities where many ranchers and cowboys are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Our museum also recognizes local cowboys and ranching families who will be inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame.

A luncheon, by invitation only, for these inductees and their families is held in conjunction with the Indoor Rodeo on April 17 this year.

Locally, the honourees for this year are the Wright Family, Gordon Woods, Doug White, Bruce Watt and Bill Downie.

The museum continues to offer tours for schools and special groups by pre-arrangement throughout the spring. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 pm.

The museum will be closed from March 16 to March 24 inclusive.  Our gaming funds have been cut and our budget does not allow us to hire a replacement for our manager who will be on holiday during this time. Please consider becoming a member of the museum.

Your $5 membership provides financial assistance and also helps us to  leverage grant money from other sources.

As you think about gifts for spring birthdays or other special events remember that the museum gift shop has a great selection of books, DVDs, and CDs.


Come on down to the museum.  It’s a great place for residents and visitors to discover the history of the early years of the Cariboo-Chilcotin.