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Tag Archives: HBC

Baychimo: The Adventures of the Ghost Ship of the Arctic

By Cortney Pachet, Collections Registration Associate, Human History and former Assistant Curator for the HBC Museum Collection when Amelia was on parental leave. The Hudson’s Bay Company has a long nautical history, from the Nonsuch to countless canoes and York Boats to steamers, paddlewheels and schooners. While the majority of HBC’s travel and transport took place on water, we also see a pattern of the Company’s vessels meeting untimely ends…

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Beadwork Then and Now

One of the really fun parts of my job is when I get to interact with other researchers and assist them with their projects as they use the collection.  One of these lovely individuals is Monique Olivier, Assistant to Heritage and Education Programs at Festival du Voyageur. Monique has been learning how to do beadwork, and she asked if she could use one of the dog blankets in the HBC collection for…

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Christmas at York Factory

Yes, I still have York Factory on the brain.  I have many more photos and stories from our trip to share but those shall have to wait until the new year.  Instead I thought I’d share some of my recent thoughts on Christmases past, what was Christmas like during the fur trade? Fortunately for me the HBC Archives has started digitizing some of the post journals, saving me a long trek through…

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The Smell of History

It’s fairly obvious based on my current job and previous work experience that I love all things old.  I love the smell of old books, antique furniture, and apparently historic sites. One of the goals for my recent trip to York Factory National Historic Site was to capture the site for our visitors with a videography team, but in the planning it seems I forgot about the other senses. A lot of…

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Journey to York Factory

My last stint of fieldwork this summer had me checking off a box on my bucket list, I finally made it to York Factory!  Why did I want to go there so badly?  Well, not only is it one of the most important Hudson’s Bay Company sites, it was also the entry-point for early immigration to our province and beyond, I knew I had to see if for myself. In partnership with Parks…

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Northern Exposure- Part 3

Boreal forest archaeology is very different from my experiences in the arctic, the biggest thing of course being the trees and massive roots that run through our excavation units.  Root clippers quickly became my best friend, but when they fail there’s always the good old chainsaw to take care of a few stumps! My crew worked hard to try and delineate the post, and half-way through our excavation we realized…

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Smile Big for the Camera

Okay, so artefacts can’t really smile but they are regularly involved in photo shoots, and with the right photographer these pieces of history can really shine. One way we preserve our collections is by properly documenting the artefacts through photography.  We can then use these photos for research, exhibits, publications, and to provide a visual in our database. Taking pictures of artefacts is not easy.  You’d think it would be because…

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Mural, Mural, On the Wall

On September 30th we participated in a lovely anniversary celebration with our friends at the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives and Canada’s National History Society to acknowledge two important events: 40 years since the transfer of the archival records to the Manitoba Archives; and 20 years since the HBC officially donated the archives to the Province of Manitoba, and the artefacts to The Manitoba Museum. For me the highlight of the…

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