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Yukon Archives exhibits

Exhibits on display

Exhibits are frequently available for viewing in our Exhibition and Reading Rooms. See What's New for our current showing.

Exhibits for loan

Yukon Archives has a variety of exhibits, covering many subjects, for loan to organizations and institutions. Lists of exhibit contents and formats are available online here and for review at the reference room and administration office during Yukon Archives' regular hours. All of the exhibits include text, historic photograph reproductions with captions, and reproductions of archival documents. Yukon Archives does not provide supporting exhibit panels.

Exhibits can be borrowed for a maximum of 3 months.

Yukon Archives bears the cost of sending out exhibits. Borrowers are responsible for return shipping costs.

Please contact Yukon Archives for details outlining installation and any hardware or components required. Organizations and institutions interested in borrowing any of the exhibits should contact Yukon Archives.

Exhibit formats

The exhibits come in 3 different styles:

  • Foam Core Panels: individual pieces are mounted on foam core with Velcro adhesive and some also have string on the back. These types of displays require a backing board for the Velcro to stick, or the panels can be placed flat on a table.
  • Laminated Panels: laminated sheets with Velcro adhesive on the back. Require a backing board for the Velcro to stick.
  • Self-Supporting Panels: panels pull up out from a base and are held in place by a pole, and some lock into a small set of poles that keep the panel upright.

Exhibit descriptions


A Thrilling Narrative: Documenting the Klondike Gold Rush

This exhibit traces the history of striking gold in Yukon and the influx of prospectors pouring into the goldfields to stake a claim. Some became instant millionaires though hardship lay ahead for many of them. First Nations communities were greatly affected by the changes to the land and adapted in various ways to significant upheaval of traditional lifestyles. Photographs depict scenes of remoteness and seclusion in the Klondike.

Format: Foam core, 74 pieces


The Art of the Ordinary: Us-Centric Photography [Vernacular Photos]

The photographs in this exhibit were selected from many Yukon albums created by amateurs and everyday shutterbugs. Vernacular photography is essentially everything that fine art photography is not—ordinary, popular, everyday images. These quirks from the archives highlight undiscovered gems loved by the exhibit’s curator and shared for their poignancy and whimsy.

Format: Acrylic panels and photograph sheets, 1 box


Alaska Highway – The Archival Record

This exhibit includes photographs depicting a significant aspect of history in the development of Yukon.

Format: Foam core, 64 pieces


Asian History of the Yukon


This exhibit explores the history of Asian immigrants in the Klondike throughout the 20th century drawn from demographic records, newspapers and photographs. Topics include the effects of the Second World War on Asian populations in Yukon, discrimination faced by early residents and issues of equality among citizens.

Format: Self-supporting panels, 3


At Home in the Yukon 1898-1998


This exhibit takes an intimate look at what it means to make Yukon our home. Prepared for Yukon’s Centennial, it examines the themes: we have always been here, a century of change, family life, making a living, home sweet home, and what makes a house a home.

Format 1: Self-supporting panels, 10 (3’ x 5’)

Format 2: Laminated panels, 18 (3’ x 5’)

Format 3: Laminated panels, 18 (11” x 17”)




This exhibit portrays the early history of what is now Carcross. As the site of the last spike of the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway in 1900, this area became an important part of transportation routes throughout the Klondike Gold Rush. Tagish and Tlingit communities, as well as trading and mining communities became Caribou Crossing, and later Carcross. Photographs depict scenes from early settlements.

Format 1: Self-supporting panels, 3 (3’ x 6’)

Format 2: Laminated panels, 3 (11” x 17”)


Hidden History – Black History of the Yukon


This exhibit highlights Black history in Yukon from a sparse population in the mid-nineteenth century, through the Klondike Gold Rush years and the construction of the Alaska Highway, which promised opportunity for enterprise regardless of race or status. Individual profiles are placed in the context of historical events.

Format: Self-supporting panels, 3


Klondike Roadmaps

This exhibit uses post-modern theory to look at the hidden motives behind map production, especially how chambers of commerce and transportation companies used devious devices, such as creating cities that didn’t yet exist and eradicating entire states and provinces, to distort maps to promote certain routes as the comfiest, safest, fastest ways to Yukon during the frenzy of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Format: Foam core, 22 pieces, maps and text panels




This exhibit links the development of the landscape we call Whitehorse to the waterways through various phases beginning in the 1880s. From the First Nations people referring to this canyon and rapids as Kwänlin, “water flowing through rock”, through the settlements established during the Klondike Gold Rush, and subsequent population decline in the 1920s. The Boomtown years of the 1950s and 1960s brought the capital city of Yukon from Dawson to Whitehorse along with the development of the waterfront, which drew festivals and recreational events. In recent years waterfront development has remained steady though controversial.

Format: Laminated panels, (3’ x 5’)


Lantern Entertainment: Martha Louise Black’s Romance of Canada’s Goldfields

This exhibit outlines some events in the life of an extraordinary woman and her accumulation of adventures. The collection features reproductions of her hand-coloured lantern slides depicting scenes of wildflowers, hunting, landscapes, wildlife and gardens in the early 1900s Klondike. The sequence of slides reflects the stories of Martha’s autobiography. In North America and England she enjoyed talking about Yukon, giving lectures, illustrating the “Myth of the Yukon” with lantern slides.

Format: Foam core pieces, 20 photographs, caption panels


Phillpotts Family, Prepared to Serve

This exhibit highlights the life of Reverend Joshua and Yvonne Phillpotts, who moved to Watson Lake from Jamaica in July 1965 with their three young children. Reverend Phillpotts served as minister in Watson Lake and travelled to other Yukon communities for ministerial and volunteer duties. Yvonne worked as a nurse and midwife at the Watson Lake Hospital.

Format: Self-supporting panel, 1


Police for the People

This exhibit tells the story of Yukon First Nations people who worked with the NWMP and RCMP from the days of the Klondike Gold Rush to the 1990s. Photographs, oral history interviews, and historical documents tell the story of First Nations Special Constables from communities around Yukon.

Format: Foam core, 254 pieces


Royal Moments in the Yukon

Yukon has been graced with many visits from members of the Royal family since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned queen. This exhibit takes a look back at some of those “royal moments” in Yukon history.

Format: Foam core, 47 pieces



English & French versions

This exhibit describes, through photographs, the history of sternwheelers in the development of Yukon economy and communities.

Format: Self-supporting panels, 3 English panels 3 French panels (same text)


Snowshoes and Sled Dogs: Winter in the Yukon

Through a series of photographs, this exhibit depicts the sense of fun and adventure that characterizes Yukoners’ approach to long winter months of darkness, sub-zero temperatures and wild landscape. Explore the sporting events, festivals and celebrations that fill up the season, and encourage the sportsmanship, creativity, and sometimes wackiness of Yukon residents in their leisure and sporting activities.

Format: Self-supporting panels, 6


Togo Takamatsu, Enterprising Adventurer

This exhibit provides a snapshot into the life of Togo (Tommy) Takamatsu. Born in Japan in 1875 and venturing to Carcross in 1920, Togo worked briefly for the White Pass & Yukon Route until an accident forced him to change his lifestyle. Togo married and raised a young family in a cabin near Ten Mile.

Format: Self-supporting panel, 1


What is an Archive?

This exhibit outlines the role of archival institutions and of archivists in society, as well as the history of archives. Explore the resources and services available through archival institutions, including reference services, genealogical sources, maps, diaries, photographs, newspapers, films, video recordings and more. The territory’s collective memory is preserved by the rare and valuable records at Yukon Archives. Learn how to access this wealth of information.

Format: Self-supporting panels, 4




Winter shapes the people who live in it. They not only adapt to its challenges, but find inspiration there. Yukoners can find unlimited ways to express their creativity including snow-sculpting, storytelling and making snowshoes. This exhibit outlines some of the recreational activities to pass leisure time, competitive and organized sports, hunting and transportation in the long winter season.

Format: Self-supporting panels, 4


Yukon: With a French Touch. La Note Française Au Yukon


Francophone settlers have played a significant role in the communities of Yukon since before the Klondike Gold Rush. French-Canadian and Métis voyageurs were essential to the fur trade as some of the first non-natives in Yukon. Francophone settlers have had considerable involvement in the church and in parliament. Today there is a vital community of French Canadians in Yukon, and the culture and language are retained through festivals, music and schools.

Format: Large, self-supporting panels, 12