Who We Are

"The Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre exists to preserve, study and make accessible distinctive collections, so to inspire and engage people in learning cultural and natural heritage of the Fort Vermilion area. Through discovery, recollections and the making of memories, we serve and improve the quality of life for others."





This mandate is achieved through various programs such as:
-Museum Tours
-Research Requests
-School Tours
-Community Events
If you are interested in any of these programs please

 

Opened in 1995, the Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre is the nucleus of heritage preservation and conservation in the Fort Vermilion area. Boasting over 16,000 photos, 22,000 archives, 8000 objects and 2 heritage houses - there is much to explore! The history of the Fort Vermilion area is vast, fossils and bones ("Rocks Tell Tales" exhibit) are remnants of the pre-human history of the Fort Vermilion Area. "Weyiman Waskahikun Wehkohkewin (Fort Vermilion A Special Gathering Place)" is a tribute to the Dene Tha', Beaver and Cree nations. Agriculture, industry, and community events of days past compose our nuclear collection from the Fort Vermilion Experimental Farm (58° North and Farming).  

"Boreal Beauty, Bounty and Balance" features the area's natural heritage. With these main exhibits, and a plethora of other displays and artifacts, the Fort Vermilion Heritage Centre is the premier historical resource in Mackenzie County.




Artifact of the Week!

Propeller



Lorna Bell found this hand made propeller in the attic of the Lambert Point School. It could have been a school project- though location does not always correlate with purpose. In any case, it appears to be a 1X6 board that has been hand-carved into an airboat propeller. The square ends of the blade create more drag which is important for reducing speed on airboats. The propeller appears to have had an accident resulting in a large piece splintering off and leaving a large split in the top blade. With closer inspection you can also note an attempt to fix this problem - residue over the split indicates tape was used in an attempt to repair the propeller.


13/09/2021

995.2.7 / Bell, Lorna

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