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Our Hudson’s Hope Cowboys: Packers along the trail, 75th anniversary of 1934 Charles Bedaux Expedition Fonds
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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.


This series contains the overall view of the social events that accompanied the creation of the Packers on the Trail project. Most of these events are annual, but during 2009 were Bedaux expedition themed to highlight the project. A large number of photos were taken to document these events including the launch of Bannock & Beans. Jay Sherwood, Vancouver author, and the relatives and friends of the Bedaux cowboys are showcased throughout. This series is arranged into two sub-series: Reunion, and Harvest social.


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.

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