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Case Study: Dawson City Museum Timeline, 1990s

Last Updated: January 24, 2022

As part of the Dawson City Museum Project, I am creating timelines of the Museum’s development in relation to government policy and community action (1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s).

Museum Operations

In some ways, the 1990s were the Golden Years for the Museum. Due to the availability of project grants and employment funding, the Dawson City Museum (DCM) was a flurry of activity. In particular, the DCM expanded the resources available and established a library, digitized collection records, engaged in cataloguing work, renewed exhibitions, and started a major capital project.

Notably, the DCM did not experience the effects of government austerity measures, which are typically described by museum workers as defining the 1990s, until the end of the decade. The difference is likely due to the funding and attention associated with Centennial celebrations in Yukon during that time.

Government Policy

First Nation


In past research, federal cuts to cultural funding emerged as highly significant to museum development in the 1990s. Surprisingly, these have been mentioned very little in interviews and documents related to the Dawson City Museum Project.

Canada – Yukon


During the 1990s, the territorial government continued the museum policy and programs established in the 1980s with new programs related to federal support (see above). Importantly, the 1990s involved support and attention to anniversaries in the territory.


Community Action

Most importantly, the 1990s were a decade of activity related to anniversary celebrations.


Do you know of any important milestones that are missing?

Would any of the entries benefit from more information or links to additional resources?


Ball, Drew. 2004. Museums Status Report. Blue Binder. Box 33. Dawson City Museum Archives.

Beaumont, Doug. 1994, November 24. Letter to the Dawson City Museum, Sports and lotteries paper. Box 22. Dawson City Museum Archives.

CCI. 1991, March. Newsletter. 7.

CCI. 1990, September. Newsletter. 6.

Copp, Marjorie. 2000/2001. “YHMA Strategic Plan.” Yukon Historical & Museums Association Newsletter. Winter.

Heritage Vancouver. 1998, November. “Mark your Calendar: Ongoing to December 19, 1998 – Klondike Gold.” Heritage Vancouver Newsletter 7(11).

Kelly, Wayne. 1990, November. Security Review. Security Report Museums Assistance Program. Box 16. Dawson City Museum Archives.

McAvity, John. 1995, Summer. “Advocacy Alert: Urgent! Act Now to Stop Cuts.” Newsletter: 5.

Neufeld, David. 1995, Summer. “Life on the River: A Conference in Dawson City.” Newsletter: 6-7.

Swackhammer, Mc. 1995. Letter to the Canada Employment Centre. 95 SEED Challenge. Box 23b. Dawson City Museum Archives.

Swackhammer, Mac. 1996a. Final Report. Summer Students SEED 1996. Box 23. Dawson City Museum Archives.

Swackhammer, Mac. 1996b. Final Report. YCW CMA 1996. Box 23. Dawson City Museum Archives.

YHMA. 1991, January. “Museum News: Dawson Museum.” Newsletter: 1.

YHMA. 1991, May. “Museum News.” Newsletter: 2. 

YHMA. 1991, September. “News Continues: Dawson City Museum.” YHMA September 1991 Newsletter: 4-5. 

YHMA. 1992a, April. “Update on Yukon Museums: Dawson City Museum & Historical Society.” Newsletter.

YHMA. 1992b, December. “News from the Yukon Museums…” Newsletter: 4-5.

YHMA. 1994, Fall. “Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Workshops on Artifacts.” YHMA Newsletter: 3. 

YHMA. 1994, December. “Summary: Yukon Museum Activities.” YHMA Newsletter: 5-6.

YHMA. 1996, summer. “Museums Update: Dawson City Museum.” Newsletter. 

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