Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 4 - Spring 2017 - Page 6

The Fernie Museum and Downtown Visitor Centre At the centre of Historic Downtown, the Fernie Museum and Visitor Centre makes its home in the 1908 Home Bank building. Learn all about Fernie’s rich and dramatic history and heritage, things to do, attractions, upcoming events, festivals and more. INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS COMMUNITY INNOVATION This Is Our Fernie explores the legend of a curse, fires that razed the town to the ground and mining disasters that cut like a knife through the community. This main floor exhibit includes the interactive Fernie Faces audio/visual programs to explore history through the eyes of early residents, a mine tunnel and Discovery Drawers for the little ones to peek into, and a timeline that documents Fernie’s evolution spanning an entire wall. In April, the Fernie & District Historical Society will be launching a new heritage initiative to support awareness and the ongoing conservation of Fernie’s heritage buildings in partnership with the City of Fernie. Heritage buildings are important community assets. They give our community context and meaning. Fernie’s historic buildings define our community’s identity and attract thousands of tourists annually. Heritage buildings provide some of our city’s most affordable housing and are popular places to live, work and play. Through workshops, granting programs and tours, Heritage Fernie promotes the conservation of heritage buildings which promote our sense of place and identity and foster community and environmental sustainability. Visit heritagefernie.com to learn more about this exciting new program. This summer the museum will be offering guided walking tours of Fernie’s iconic heritage buildings on weekends, and scheduled cemetery tours and bus tours to abandoned mining sites. The Museum will also offer a series of walking tours this summer; see P28.   6 691 2nd Ave  |  250-423-7016 ferniemuseum.com