All across the province from Feb. 18 to 24, British Columbians will be celebrating heritage week.
The theme this year is Good Neighbours: Heritage Homes and Neighbourhoods, so the Golden Museum is celebrating by opening up Golden’s very own heritage home, Wixon House.
“We wanted to be involved this year, we haven’t been for a few years so we wanted to get back in the swing of it,” said Colleen Palumbo, executive director of the Golden Museum.
“On Feb. 21 we’re going to do an open house at Wixon House. It’s Golden’s only heritage home, protected by bylaw.”
Wixon house was built in 1893 for Golden’s first doctor, and was sold to Arthur Wixon in 1912. It remained in the Wixon family until Arthur’s daughter Ruth gifted it to the Town of Golden when she passed away in 2007.
“A lot of people haven’t had the chance to be inside, and see what a lovely little place it is, and the reason that it’s being protected,” said Palumbo. “I’ll be available to tell the history of the house and the items that are in it. There will be guided tours of the house throughout the day.”
Wixon House will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 21.
The museum will also be hosting a class to commemorate Heritage Week. On Feb. 19 they will be offering a Genealogy Tips for Beginners class. Between 1 and 4 p.m., participants will be taught the basics of genealogy, and how to get started.
“We’ll be providing the forms for them to take away, and any information they need, like a little beginners kit. Hopefully it will pique their interest,” said Palumbo.
“A lot of people out there are saying they want to put their family information together, but they don’t know how, or where to begin. Geneology is the fastest growing hobby in North America at the moment.”
The Golden Museum is also hard at work, getting ready for the opening of a new exhibit in April. Palumbo has been gathering artifacts and information about Baptiste Morigeau, a Metis merchant.
“We hope that it will attract a lot of attention. Baptiste Morigeau was the first merchant in Golden. He arrived here in 1883,” she said. “We’ll have a big opening for sometime in April. It’s quite a sizeable exhibit.”
For more information about what is going on at the Golden Museum, check out their recently revamped website at www.goldenbcmuseum.com.