The Ashcroft Museum — formerly the Public Building — celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017, and is the focus of this year’s Museum Open House on August 19. Photo by Wendy Coomber.

Museum open house will also feature historic walking tour

Check out the new QuestUpon augmented reality app, then take a tour of the former Public Building.

The Ashcroft Museum will be holding its annual Open House on Saturday, August 19; and in addition to the open house, museum staff will be offering a tour of Ashcroft using the new QuestUpon historic walking tour of the village’s downtown area.

Anyone who would like to join the tour and see the quest for themselves should be at the Heritage Park on Railway Avenue at 8:45 a.m. on August 19. Those with an Apple or Android device should download the free QuestUpon app (www.questupon.com) prior to the tour.

Those without a device capable of downloading the app are welcome to take part in the tour and “share” someone else’s device, to see what QuestUpon is all about. Be prepared to witness the Village as it looked 100 years ago, test your knowledge with some trivia games, and encounter a creature you wouldn’t normally see roaming the streets.

After the historic walking tour, all are welcome at the open house at the museum (corner of 4th and Brink Streets) from 10 a.m. until noon. This year’s theme is “The Public Building: 100 Years”. Featured guests will share their stories, artifacts, and knowledge regarding the history of the Public building (now the museum) and the four entities that were originally housed there when the building was completed in 1917: the telegraph office, post office, telephone exchange, and customs office. Included in the display are the structure’s original blueprints!

A PowerPoint history of the building will be presented, and refreshments will be served. The event is open to all, and there is no charge.

The Museum is also hosting a series of programs for children aged five to 12, in which participants can learn more about Ashcroft’s history through scavenger hunts, crafts, storytelling, and games.

The events take place from 10 a.m. until noon on Monday August 14, August 21, and August 28. For information, please call the museum at (250) 453-9232.

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