The Smithers Fire Department helped install the Dutch and Swiss flags on the outside of the Bulkley Valley Museum. The flags complement the exhibitions around town as part of the 2011 Smithers Culture Crawl. Between the Culture Crawl and their other town exhibit

The Smithers Fire Department helped install the Dutch and Swiss flags on the outside of the Bulkley Valley Museum. The flags complement the exhibitions around town as part of the 2011 Smithers Culture Crawl. Between the Culture Crawl and their other town exhibit

Museum culture crawl in Smithers

The Bulkley Valley Museum has launched its 2011 Culture Crawl.

The Bulkley Valley Museum has launched its 2011 Culture Crawl.

All across town are exhibitions on display that highlights the town’s rich history.

Locations include supermarkets, cafés, sporting stores and even the fire hall.

Topics range from the Swiss migration to skiing, and the Dutch migration to the Bulkley Valley.

The Dutch exhibit, called From Windmills to Sawmills, includes some bits on Dan Hamhuis and his family’s immigration to the valley.

Also in the tour are historic kit homes that were shipped to Smithers by rail in the 1920s and 1930s.

This year is also another milestone for the valley. In 1911 the first car to travel overland from the U.S. to the valley made its trip, arriving in Hazelton on Oct. 5.

The car exhibit, Gasoline Valley, is spread over five exhibits in town, the museum itself, the four showrooms of local car dealerships, the Telkwa Museum, and the Hazelton Public Library and Museum.

That all ties into July 15’s BMW antique car rally parade down Main Street that will feature over 40 antique BMWs.

The B.V. Museum is open Mondays to Saturdays, 9 to 5 p.m.