Behind the Scenes by Alex Guscott …

This week…

We worked very hard to finish putting together our interactive online mystery. We have been working on it for around a month. I will not give away details, but it was very fun to create. While it was quite the process, we think that you will enjoy what we have come up with.

To start the process, we identified the need for a fundraiser and something interactive for people to take part in. Since options for events are limited, we wanted to create something online. Mia came up with the idea to create an online mystery game that everyone could play. We kind of tested out if you guys liked puzzles through our Mattawa crossword. The crossword seemed to go over well, so we thought something that was based on puzzles would work well.

Our next step was to research and create a plan. I found a few articles on how museums have presented online mystery games and considered how we could make it work for our museum. The research helped me come up with multiple ideas which made it hard to decide on exactly which direction we should go. Once we had an idea of what we wanted to do, I created a project plan and loose schedule to guide us.

After some brainstorming, we settled on the idea of a Murder Mystery. Naturally, we wanted it to have connections to Mattawa and our museum, but I won’t spoil anything. You can find out how we did that by playing along.

I am a fan of Agatha Christie novels (especially the Poirot novels), so I was completely on board.

I did not think I was a creative person. I’ve never taken part in a murder mystery or created anything along these lines, so I figured I would be very little help in the creation of a story for it. However, during the creation of this murder mystery, I learned that I am much more creative than I thought. Mia, Mariah, and I, were able to bounce ideas around and debate over what would work and what probably wouldn’t. At some points we thought we had the perfect idea, only to realize certain things just wouldn’t work or make sense so we had to adapt and make changes.

When you play,

We want you to be immersed in the story. So, forget that I told you anything about the creation of a fictional murder mystery.

Sign up now and join the fun!

Make sure that you have followed Mattawa Museum 2020 FaceBook , so you can play!

We thank you for your support and all of the money raised will be put back into projects at our museum.

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!

“I ♥ Mattawa” masks fundraiser continues…

Thank you so much for your overwhelming support thus far!

$10 per mask

E-transfers to are preferred; please use Facemasks as your security question, museum as your password. Cash payments will be collected on order pickup if e-transfer is not used; please bring correct change, if possible.

Orders will be placed once a week on Friday morning for delivery the following week.

Masks can be picked up at the Mattawa Museum

10:00 am – 3:00 pm, every Wednesday

Place Your Order

Qty Adult, I ♥ Mattawa, Tie Straps :
Qty Adult, I ♥ Mattawa, Ear Loops :
Qty Adult, Museum Logo, Tie Straps :
Qty Adult, Museum Logo, Ear Loops :
Qty Adult, No Print, Tie Straps :
Qty Adult, No Print, Ear Loops :

Qty Youth, I ♥ Mattawa, Tie Straps :
Qty Youth, I ♥ Mattawa, Ear Loops :
Qty Youth, Museum Logo, Tie Straps :
Qty Youth, Museum Logo, Ear Loops :
Qty Youth, No Print, Tie Straps :
Qty Youth, No Print, Ear Loops :

Total Masks :
Total Cost : $ .00

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Behind the Scenes by Mia Skelling …

This week we spent lots of time working on and finishing up a few of our bigger projects.

For a vast majority of the week, we focused on painting the final few layers of primer and later a few layers of the new color in our display cabinets. Let us know what you think!

Also, while organizing a few more cabinets downstairs, we’ve come across many different types of items.

This week, we came across this book that was published in the 60’s and was given out to schools.

Teen Horizons at Home and School …

Here’s a fun page we found while looking through it, would you say you rate as a date?

Additionally, we have spent a lot of time finalizing an upcoming interactive fundraiser we’ve been preparing throughout the summer! Keep an eye out on Mattawa Museum 2020 FaceBook and this website on August 28th to see it launch!

Moreover, we have a virtual exhibit coming out this weekend, so stay tuned!

As always, we thank you for your support!

Behind the Scenes by Mariah Lejambe …

At the beginning of this week I inputted some cards into Past Perfect . Between the three of us working on the cards this summer we are almost done the years from 2000-2019. Judy has been working on the cards from the 1980s and 1990s.

We have also started something new and exciting on our social media front!

Every week we are posting an #artifact of the week and we post a photo of an article in our collection that we think is interesting and not something you see every day and your challenge is to try and guess what it is.

The posts go out on Mattawa Museum 2020 FaceBook and Instagram every Friday and the answers are revealed the following Wednesday.

Last week our artifact of the week was a 1940’s breast pump made of glass.

At the museum this week we have been doing some revamping of some of the display cases. We think the new colors will be a nice update and make the cases look more modern.


Also, as Alex mentioned last week, lately we’ve been working on the inventory in the lower level of the museum. There are 28 cabinets to go through and so far, we have sorted through 14 of them, we found many neat things that could be used for our #artifact of the week and have taken over 200 photos of accessioned items!

I can’t believe we are already midway through August; the summer has gone by so fast!

We are so grateful for all the community support for our “I Mattawa” mask fundraiser, and we can’t wait to share our new fundraising ideas with you.