In Memoriam – Jan Argo – Lifetime Member of Mattawa Museum

.. of Jan Argo

Garry Thibert, President, Board of Directors

I had come to know Jan as a dedicated and hard-working individual. She was proud of her native culture and always attended at the museum, in full regalia, when we had huge groups visiting. She loved being a member of the museum board and was very strong in her belief in the preservation of the history of our beautiful little town.  She will be missed.


Judy Toupin, Curator

Jan was one of the first people to greet me in my new position as Curator at the Museum and it was with one of her great big hugs and that beautiful smile.  Her joy, enthusiasm and passion for life translated to us at the Museum, whether it was at a Board meeting, bringing a tour group through or just popping by to visit ‘her’ museum 😊. She is dearly missed.


Kim Duschene, Board of Directors

Jan Argo was the best at welcoming people young and old alike to our museum.  She always had a warm smile and had so much knowledge about Mattawa. I didn’t know her before I became a member of the museum board but I did get to know her bit by bit in the last few years. Her strength and belief in using natural remedies left me in awe.  She was one of a kind for sure.. Love, Kim


Tom Gibson, Vice-President, Board of Directors

Jan Argo and I met over 30 years ago, when I was a brand new Director, and Byron Casselman was President. Knowing her mostly from board meetings over the years, Jan was real serious about our museum. She was a real Life Member to me, and a wonderful person to know. Jan had a way about her that made you think in a different way… to smell the air and smile. She taught everyone she met, and all Mattawa knows that.


Bernie MacDonald, Board of Directors

Jan Argo. it was an absolute pleasure to be a board member at the museum with Jan. She always had a big smile lots of good ideas. She promoted the museum every chance she got.  She was very proud of it. I am sure she will be keeping an eye on us. Rest in peace Jan.


Where did our 2019 visitors come from?

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