It’s Women’s History Month 2020!

October is Women’s History Month in Canada, a time to celebrate the women and girls from our past, and our present, who are contributing to a better, more inclusive Canada.

This year’s theme #BecauseOfYou, celebrates women and girls in Canada who have made, and continue to make, a lasting impact on our country.

We invite you to …

Help celebrate the women who have made an impact in Canada

Explore Women in Canadian History: A Timeline

Murder Mystery

Thank you for all who have signed up for our murder mystery

Please ensure that you like our Mattawa Museum 2020 FaceBook so we can add you to the private Facebook group to play the game.

It’s not too late to register.

The mystery begins on September 4 but we will continue accepting new players after it starts. Don’t worry about missing content or falling behind because all of the posts and puzzles will be accessible on the private Facebook page to be completed at your leisure.

Registration will be closed on September 7.

You can also request access to join the group ‘Murder in Mattawa’ on Mattawa Museum 2020 FaceBook in the Groups tab.

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Murder in Mattawa: The Unsolved Murder of James White

An Online Interactive Murder Mystery Experience

Poster Illustration designed by Mia Skelling
Story and Puzzles designed, written, and edited by Alex Guscott, Mariah Lejambe, and Mia Skelling

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

The Murder Mystery Experience

Archival assistants, Alex, Mariah, and Mia, working at the Mattawa Museum, find a newspaper article about the unsolved murder of James White while going through the museum’s archives. Subsequently, while going through storage cabinets in the lower level of the museum, they find a bag with a journal inside written by James White. With these two links, Alex, Mariah, and Mia decide to look for more clues in the museum collection. Through journal entries, news articles, notes, and items from our collection, our archival assistants and you will try to solve the puzzle of who murdered James White.

If you would like to help solve the murder along with our archival assistants you can sign up in the form below! The cost to play is $10.00 per person which can be paid through e-transfer or drop off (please contact us in advance for drop off). The experience will run from September 4-29th. All funds raised from the game will help us put together future exhibits and projects! The whole mystery experience can be played from home on your phone or computer!

The experience will include:

  • Daily posts
  • Interesting puzzles and story content
  • A puzzle toolkit PDF to help you solve the puzzles (if needed)
  • Access to the “Murder in Mattawa” private Facebook group where you can find the daily posts and puzzles discuss your theories about who murdered James White

When you sign up you need to like Mattawa Museum 2020 FaceBook so that you can be added to the private group to play the game.

Everyone who signs up to play the game will be entered into a draw to win a gift. The draw will take place at the end of the game!

Thank you for your support!

Mattawa Museum Celebrating 35th Anniversary Year

July 28, 2019 marked the 35th Anniversary of the Mattawa Museum. 

As we all know, this past spring, the flooding was a huge challenge for our Community, but, if anything, as I look back through some of our history files here at the Museum, this is a community that has withstood many challenges.  Many times challenges bring opportunity.  And such is the case as we look forward to sharing new exhibits, some special events and educational experiences with everyone. 

We were not able to open until June 1, 2019, but as of August 15th, we’ve had over 350 paying visitors through our Museum. They’ve come from as far away as Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Belgium and France, as well as Australia, Western Canada, NWT, Quebec and Nova Scotia.  Many are pleasantly surprised with the quality and quantity of history and artifacts. 

On Indigenous Day we had over 200 visitors and again on Canada Day, over 300!

One of the major projects we will be undertaking is creating a new Time Capsule!  Twenty years ago, next summer, Lise Moore Asselin spearheaded a Time Capsule project.  It is now time to dig that one up and explore the year 2000!  Over this coming year, we will be creating a new Time Capsule.  We will have a place, here at the Museum, to gather items.  As that gets put into place, we will let everyone know.  Exciting times are ahead!  Come and be part of the adventure!

So, as we continue to celebrate 35 years, please join our email list so you can keep up to date with our changing exhibits!  We invite you to come with your families and explore our Community History. 

Stay tuned for a sneak peak of what’s coming up very shortly …

Judy Toupin
Managing Curator
Mattawa Museum