Canada Day has just passed and although the weather was not stellar the show must go on! The Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives was once again in the Sechelt Parade and had a booth at Hackett Park. The float was Larry Westlake’s replica Handliner which was decorated with little Canadian flags. I walked with Larry Westlake, his daughter Hannah Westlake, and Board Member Ian Thomson. We waved, smiled, and talked to the onlookers. Despite the clouds, the sidewalks were packed with people who were showing their support for all the floats.
After the Parade we headed over to our booth in Hackett Park where I oversaw our display of First Nations stone tools - a preview for our upcoming collaborative exhibit with the Squamish Nation. Our booth included a display from the Sechelt Archives, and archivist Ann Watson was there to answer questions. Despite the lower turnout than last year, we had a lot of people drop by. Some just browsed while others stopped and talked to us to share their own histories or stories of the Sunshine Coast community. Overall it was a fun day.
By Kelly MacKay