The Old Log Church Museum collects material connected with or related to the history of the Anglican church in the Yukon. That history goes back to 1861 — fully 35 years before gold was discovered in the Klondike! The Old Log Church Museum’s mission is to stimulate interest in that history and in the important role the church played in the Yukon for over 150 years.

The permanent collection of the OLCM has over 4500 objects which range from archival materials to ecclesiastical vestments and artifacts. Just as fascinating are the stories they tell of the pioneers, like that of Isaac O. Stringer, a bishop of the Yukon for 26 years. Even today people refer to him as “the Bishop who ate his boots.” 

Explore the OLCM’s collections and exhibits and discover the spirit of the kind of man who would eat his footwear.




The Old Log Church Museum has a number of archival resources which can be accessed by the public including copies of archival photos related to the Anglican Church and its activities in the Yukon, a reference library and copies of Northern Lights, the newsletter of the Diocese of the Yukon.

Please contact the museum to find out more or to arrange an appointment to view any archival materials.




Other sites to learn about the Old Log Church Museum

Yukon Museum Guide: Old Log Church Museum
The Yukon Museum Guide’s introduction to the OLCM provides information about operating dates and times as well as more pictures of the building and the collection.

Artefacts Canada
Some of the Old Log Church Museum artifact collection are featured in this database.

The Bishop Who Ate His Boots (VMC)
Learn about the Bishop Who Ate His Boots in this virtual exhibit produced by the OLCM.

Explore Herschel Island (VMC)
A great introduction to the ecological and social history of Yukon’s arctic island. Includes stunning photos.

Links to other sites about Anglican Church history in the Yukon

Yukon Archives
Holds an excellent collection of Anglican Church records.

Archive of documents on the earliest activities of the Anglican Church in the Yukon to present day.

Diocese of Yukon
Official website of the Anglican Church's Diocese of the Yukon.

Anglican Church of Canada
Official website of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Church History Resources
Essays on the history of the Anglican Church from across the globe.

Project Canterbury
Academic papers, thesis, and dissertations on the history of the Anglican Church.

Lesson Plans
Based on the new Yukon curriculum and approved by Yukon Education, these free lesson plans are available for download under a Creative Commons license. Additional resources are available. Call or email the OLCM for more information. 

Using a Lightbox to Tell a Story

Suitable for K - Grade 9, Arts Education and English Language Arts.  Additional resources include instructions for a DIY smartphone projector, reproductions of black-and-white lantern slides in the museum's collection, and hand-tinted photographs used in Bishop Stringer's magic lantern lectures. The OLCM is happy to arrange a loan of a class set of “The Bishop Who Ate His Boots” by Frank Peake.

Musical Instruments During the Gold Rush                         

Suitable for K - Grade 9, Arts Education (Music). The OLCM is happy to arrange a loan of a reproduction concertina.