The Creston Museum is a community-history museum located in Creston BC. We tell the story of Creston and the surrounding communities: the people, the industries, the events and organisations that have made the Creston Valley what it is today.
The Creston Museum is operated by the Creston & District Historical & Museum Society. This is a non-profit society and registered charity, whose mandate is to collect, preserve, and present the human history of Creston, BC and surrounding area.
The Historical Society undertakes the following:
- Newspaper archives
- Photo and document collections
- Research services
- Extensive exhibits
- School programs
- Year-round on-site and off-site public programming
- Seasonal events
- Community event support
- Gift shop
- Picnic area
- Online resources
- Rental spaces for meetings, reunions, parties, etc
When the Historical Society was established in 1971, its primary function was to manage a small archival collection, provide information on local historic buildings, and house a very small collection of artifacts. In 1979, when the nearby Yahk Pioneer Park Museum declared bankruptcy and attempted to sell its collection at auction, the Historical Society obtained a court injunction to stop the sale and bought the collection. A stone house was purchased in 1980, extensive renovation work was carried out, and the Creston Museum opened its doors to the public on September 12, 1982. A storage building was built in 1986, and an open-fronted shed was built in 1995 to display and protect the larger objects in the collection. The Archives, formerly housed in a room at Town Hall, was moved into the storage building in 1994, and a climate-controlled, fire-proof vault was added in 2001.
Until 1996, the Historical Society depended on a community bingo hall and various other fundraising methods for its financial support. When the bingo hall closed, the Historical Society successfully went to referendum and obtained core funding through taxation. This enabled the Historical Society to hire a manager, the first full-time employee in an organisation that was previously run entirely by volunteers.
For a more in-depth history, click here.
- Member, Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Member, Community of Creston Arts Council
- Member, Heritage Federation of South-East BC
- Member, BC Museums Association
- Member, Archives Association of BC