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Welcome to our blog – Digging Deeper – digging into Cumberland history.

Keep an eye out for monthly articles written by locals about our community history.

About the blogger, Dawn:  I don’t have coal dust in my blood but I spent my childhood in a mining town just outside of Sudbury, Ontario, the site of the first-ever Miner’s memorial held in Canada in 1985 My great grandfather, my grandfather and my dad all worked at various times at the nickel mines in the Sudbury Basin. First for Mond Nickel, then later for Inco (now Vale). When I moved to Cumberland with my family in 1992 it was like coming home: same rolling hills (just a bit taller), with warmer winters and fewer mosquitoes. 

July 16: Fire Fire Fire

Authored by Dawn Copeman Early history of Cumberland It starts with wood. And coal. The forest extends beyond history, beyond memory. Deer and other game paths leave a light trace on the landscape. For centuries, the occasional K’omoks hunters are the only humans to wander the trails around Cumberland, noticing the deposits of shiny black […]

June 16: Tragedy befalls the community

Authored by Dawn Copeman I walk past the No.6 mine cairn daily on my way into the forest with my dog. Back when the site was operational it wouldn’t be pleasant hearing the ventilation fan chuffing twenty four hours a day or the screech of the ore trains and the rumble of coal being dumped, […]

January 13: Cumberland Museum and Archives wins Governor General’s History Award for Ginger Goodwin celebration

The Cumberland Museum and Archives has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming. The award recognizes the museum’s work to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the death of Albert “Ginger” Goodwin – a labour activist, Socialist, union organizer and World War I conscientious objector. The […]

March 16: Pacific Northwest Labour History Conference

The Cumberland Museum is pleased to be co-hosting the 2014 Pacific Northwest Labour History Association (PNLHA) Conference in conjunction with the 29th anniversary of Miners’ Memorial Weekend, June 12-15 2014.