A Community Hub: The Dawson City Museum in the 1990s

Providing the fourth chronological consideration of the data, this working paper asks – What are some key moments, influential policies, and community activities that defined the Dawson City Museum’s development in the 1990s?

After summarizing the answers and outlining our research approach, we give a short overview of the Museum’s development in the 1990s. We consider significant policies, focusing the importance of intersecting funding mechanisms and celebration funding.  Then, a section on community activity describes the significance of private donations and the continued presence of museum workers within the community. Finally, the paper concludes with a summary and research implications.

Territorial Interest and Investment: The Dawson City Museum in the 1980s

Providing the third chronological consideration of the data, this working paper asks – What are some key moments, influential policies, and community activities that defined the Dawson City Museum’s development in the 1980s?

After summarizing the answers and outlining our research approach, I give a short overview of the Museum’s development in the 1980s. I consider significant policies, focusing on territorial investment in the Old Territorial Administration Building and for community museums more broadly with a brief discussion of the role of federal agencies.  Then, a section on community activity describes the significance of board and volunteer involvement before considering the Museum as part of the community. Finally, the paper concludes with a summary and research implications.

Inexpensive and Impressive but Challenging and Restrictive: A Consideration of Non-profit Museum Management in a Historic, Government-Owned Space

Providing the first thematic consideration of the data, this working paper focuses on the relationship between the Dawson City Museum and the space it occupies – that is, the Old Territorial Administration Building or the OTAB.  The OTAB is a National Historic Site and a government owned building. So, this thematic consideration relates to policy and demonstrates the role of unarticulated or implicit policies in shaping the Museum’s development. 

Interview Analysis: Tourism Role

As someone who loves museums but recognizes they are colonial constructs, I often wonder: What, exactly, is the contemporary role of a museum within a community? Do they perpetuate and reinforce colonial narratives or do they serve other functions?

In the working paper Dawson City’s Community Attic, I discussed the critical role of tourism to the Dawson City Museum’s establishment and early development. Within this post, I consider the interview with the Dawson City Museum’s curator to examine the Museum’s contemporary role in tourism.

Dawson City’s Community Attic: The Development of the Dawson City Museum from the 1950s to 1972

The Dawson City Museum project asks – How has the Dawson City Museum evolved in relation to government policy and community action?  We are taking two approaches to answering the question. First, we are considering the data chronologically to discuss the evolution of the Museum over time. Second, we have developed key themes related to policy and community. ToContinue reading “Dawson City’s Community Attic: The Development of the Dawson City Museum from the 1950s to 1972”

Timeline: Dawson City Museum, 2000s

Last updated : February 15, 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 Government Policy First Nation Federal Canada – Yukon Territorial Local Community Action Questions References Museum OperationsContinue reading “Timeline: Dawson City Museum, 2000s”

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 Government Policy First Nation Federal Canada – Yukon Territorial Local Community Action Questions References Museum Operations InContinue reading “Case Study: Dawson City Museum Timeline, 1990s”

Archival Research: Government Relationships

After a very intensive week in the Dawson City Museum (DCM) archives, I am sorting, reading, and analyzing what I found. The documents scanned are interesting and contributing to the narrative(s) about the DCM’s development. In order to help with the analysis, the “Archival Research” series considers the stories archival materials tell, looking at theContinue reading “Archival Research: Government Relationships”

Case Study: Dawson City Museum Timeline, 1980s

Last updated: April 13, 2022 CW: Historic, colonialist language is visible in the names of organizations and images used. 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 Government Policy FirstContinue reading “Case Study: Dawson City Museum Timeline, 1980s”