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Our Hudson’s Hope Cowboys: Packers along the trail, 75th anniversary of 1934 Charles Bedaux Expedition Fonds Subseries
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This sub-series contains the 1st edition of the "Horses, horsepower and horsing around: school curriculum program" that is a part of the Packers on the Trail project. Between the efforts of Ross Peck, Jay Sherwood, and Rosaleen Boardman this program was created using information from the Packers on the Trail project. It includes curriculum for grades 4, 5 and 12. The program includes textual documents and explanations, as well as photographs and the photographs origin. It was created so that a school can utilize the database as well as the information collected for the Packers along the Trail project. This sub-series is arranged into one file: finished product.


This sub-series consists of both textual and photographic material pertaining to the Bedaux cowboys' relatives and friends reunion. The second edition of the book "Bannock and Beans" written by Bob White, a cowboy on the Bedaux expedition, and edited by Jay Sherwood, was launched at this time with extracts being read by Mr. Sherwood. During the reunion the 4th annual Paddle for the Peace event took place which celebrates and raises awareness about the beauty and historical significance of the river. Volunteers built a replica of the raft used by three of the Bedaux cowboys who travelled down the Peace River to join the expedition in Fort St. John. This new raft was launched and manned by two descendants of the original cowboys and one of the boatmen. Also included in this sub-series are photos of the actual reunion and those in attendance, and well as a page of text detailing the events that took place. This sub-series is arranged into three files: Book launch, Paddle for the Peace, and family cowboy reunion.


This sub-series consist of photographs donated by Madeline Carlson and Norm Busche. Madeline Carlson lives in Dawson Creek. She is related to the Lundquist boys, who were included in the Bedaux Expedition as trail cutters. Ms. Carlson graciously donated a collection of photographs, as well as a textual letter, briefly explaining one of her encounters with the cowboys, to the Hudson’s Hope Museum. They are mostly of the Lundquist family and boys. Norm Busche was a little boy when the Citroens went through the town of Montony. He saw and photographed the Citroens and donated the photographs to the Hudson’s Hope Museum for the Packers on the Trail project. This sub-series is arranged into two files: Madeline Carlson, and Norm Busche.

Committee meetings

This sub-series consists of both textual and photographic evidence of the work and discussion from the committee formed to organize the Packers on the Trail exhibit. Included are detailed recordings of the minutes and ideas that correspond with the development of the project. These documents include the names of the members that were present at the meetings. This reflects the progress that was made and the duties assigned to different members. The photographic pieces included provide evidence of the members that were present during the meeting as well as the location, St. Peter’s Church Hall, where the meetings were held. This sub-series is arranged into three files: Report, Minutes, and three photographs of committee meetings.


This sub-series contains the extensive textual and photographic documents detailing the promotion of the Packers on the Trail project. Museum manager, Rosaleen Boardman, worked tirelessly to promote the project across North America and her efforts, along with those of the Hudson’s Hope Historical Society, were greatly rewarded. The Press attention file covers articles written for the Citroën Autoclub of Canada’s magazine Citroënvie, BC Historical Federation newsletter, press releases for the opening of the exhibit, anniversary activities, book launch, and funding, History Now, newspaper report on Bedaux weekend. All of these articles outline and dictate the recognition that the project received as well as the content of the Packers on the Trail project. Included also is the brochure from the project. The in-house promotion of the project was a phenomenal success. Along with this project came both wholehearted inter-museum support and awards both of which are shown on the textual and photographic documentation in the photos file. This sub-series is arranged into three files: Promotion files, In-house promotion files, Awards files.


This sub-series consist of audio copies on CD of interviews done by Jay Sherwood to record the stories of the Bedaux cowboy’s relatives. They are stories from; Robin Philips daughter of Jack Bocock, Bev Field daughter of Bob McCorkell, Arlene Myers granddaughter of Bob Beattie, Jesse Miller daughter of Del Miller, Mary (Girlie) Powell daughter of Jim Beattie, Ross MacLean brother or Art MacLean, Robin Pickell daughter of Cecil Pickell, and Lyle Westgaard who played host to the Bedaux expedition members. The sub-series is arranged into eight files: Robin Philips, Bev Field, Arlene Myers, Jessie (Miller), Mary (Girlie) Powell, Ross MacLean, Robin Pickell, and Lyle Westgaard.


This sub-series contains the two textual pages of the virtual exhibit that was created to accompany and expand the Packers on the Trail project. Ross Peck and Rosaleen Boardman organized and put together this web page to reflect the important aspects of the project. This web page briefly highlights the content of the exhibit as well as gives an explanation as to the development and locations of the information used in the construction of the project. This sub-series is arranged into one file: The finished product of the virtual exhibit.


This sub-series contains 24 photographs covering the panels, exhibit opening and book reading, and the finished exhibit. The photographs of the panels and the finished exhibit included give information on the content development of the exhibit as well as what information would be used. During the opening of the exhibit, two authors, Shirlee Smith Matheson and Nadine Mackenzie, read excerpts from their books, "Keeper of the Mountains" and "L'Expedition Bedaux". These books were based on the Bedaux Expedition. The photographs document the people who were in attendance and the events that took place. This sub-series is arranged into two files: Panels, and opening and book readings.

Harvest social

This sub-series consists of photographic material that details the events and the individuals present at the Harvest social. The Harvest social is the annual fundraiser for the Hudson’s Hope Museum and includes a supper, auction, and presentation. During the course of the Packers on the Trail project the Harvest social was Bedaux themed, the presentation included a slide show and readings from the various diaries associated with the expedition. When Bedaux came back through Hudson’s Hope, a baseball game was held between the boatmen and the cowboys and this game was replicated on the day of the Harvest Social between the Cowboys families and friends and the town’s people of Hudson’s Hope. This sub-series is arranged into two files: baseball game, and fund raising event.


This series consists of the acknowledgment of the financial support from government agencies that helped make this project such a success. The BC150 Heritage Legacy Fund (BC150HLF) was the main contributor with additional assistance from the Writers' Union of Canada. The BC150HLF was supported by the Province of BC to help communities celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the province. It financed projects that highlighted BC’s History from 1858 to 2008 and as the Bedaux expedition was a marker for BC history, a grant application submitted by museum manager, Rosaleen Boardman, was successful. The Writers' Union of Canada, that works to improve the position of Canadian writers, contributed travel assistance to authors to attend the exhibit opening. The forms for the grant requests are included in this sub-series. This sub-series is arranged into two files: BC150 Legacy fund, and Writers' Union of Canada funding.

Jay Sherwood

This series consists of textual documentation for the Packers on the Trail information that was obtained and recorded by Jay Sherwood. Jay Sherwood is a M.A. graduate with professional interests in historical research, working in national, provincial and regional archives, and conducting historical interviews, book talks and genealogy. He currently is employed as a Librarian at St. George’s School in Surrey BC, Canada. Mr. Sherwood is also a well published and prominent Vancouver author who worked to edit and preserve the authenticity of the language throughout the publication of the new edition of "Bannock and Beans". His research contributions to the Packers on the Trail project were invaluable. Mr. Sherwood traveled to the Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa and to the Glenbow Museum; his indexing of the captions for the photos from the Bob White photo album are included in this sub-series along with an excerpt from Bob White’s account of freighting on the Bedaux Expedition. This sub-series is arranged into two files: Bob White Photos at Glenbow, and the Bedaux Freight outfit on upper Muskwa.