Dark Prairies: the Boneyard
Barr Colony Museum
"Barr Colony Museum is a hub for art, culture, science and history in the region. Learn about the early British settlers who came to call this place home, feel time turn back in the reconstructed Rackham House, and explore the artifacts of the pasts as interactive exhibits give you a glimpse of the lives, struggles and triumphs of the fledgling colony.
Our permanent exhibits include the Berthold von Imhoff Gallery, with over 200 oil paintings by the esteemed religious muralist, the OTS Heavy Oil Science Centre detailing the history of oil drilling and development in the region, and the Fuchs Wildlife Exhibit, believed to be the largest display of taxidermy by one man in North America. As you look over the captivating animal dioramas in this extensive collection, remember that at one time this was all kept in Mr. Fuchs' own house!"
The story of the Barr Colony is one of incredible optimism coupled with staggering ineptitude. The British settlers set off with inaccurate expectations of the area and climate, little to no farming or homesteading experience, and promises (mostly unfulfilled) that there would be supplies, rail access, and other amenities awaiting them at the settlement site. Managing, in an area called "the lakeland", to select a site with negligible access to freshwater, surviving a prairie winter in houses constructed of sod due to lack of available lumber, the fact that they survived at all is a miracle.
That having been said, recently unearthed documents point to the possibility that there were more-than-human individuals in the Barr Colony. Could there have been Beasts in the new settlement, shepherding their neighbors through the tough first seasons even while gorging themselves on their dashed expectations and mounting fears? Could the harsh conditions have spurred one or more of the settlers to catalyze, gaining a better chance at survival at the expense of their own sanity?
For modern Geniuses who believe this theory, the museum archives are a curiosity worth investigating. Modern Beasts occasionally find a more pragmatic use for the museum; the exhibits unwittingly provide some interesting opportunities for Chambers. Beasts of a religious bent are fond of the Imhoff Gallery (especially a section popularly dubbed the Wall of Disappointed Jesuses), and those whose tastes run more technology-gone-mad can do interesting things with the Heavy Oil Center, but the winner for accidental nightmare fuel has to be the Fuchs Wildlife Exhibit- Nicholas Fuchs was far more prolific at taxidermy than he was talented.