Deborah Chapman

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Tank Hill: Why the name?

In 2022 staff and volunteers in the archives served over 190 people. Sometimes research questions are simple and easy to answer. Sometimes they take a bit of work. We especially love it when we learn something new!

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Diane's database

It started with a phone call. Diane Ambil and I were talking about an article I wanted to see in the next publication of the Okanagan Historical Society Reports. As the OHS’s local editor, Diane was thrilled with a proposed piece on Mah Yick—owner of a hand laundry who bucked a trend. I’m not sure how we landed on a subject so dear to my heart. Maybe my nearing retirement brought it on. I told Diane my news—that I was pleased the executive agreed I could stay on next...

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An opportunity of a lifetime

Knúcwentwecw - the bridges built by Dr. Mary Thomas, is an exhibit that exhibit celebrates the work of Dr. Mary Thomas. It is a collection of portraits, artefacts, and audio interviews that illustrate the impact Dr. Mary had on people, both indigenous and non. She was a woman ahead of her time.

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There was a post office in White Lake?

Every once in a while a researcher has a question that feels out of the blue. This summer there have been a several questions no one has asked before. Luckily, our receptionist Ashley is pretty careful about taking messages. Ashley told me, “John called. He’d like to know where the post office was in White Lake. Will you call him back?” “Of course I will!” I responded. I called John. He told me he’d lived most of his life in White Lake and someone...

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Secwépemc Landmarks Project

A new landmark sculpture was unveiled at Marine Peace Park on June 25th. In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, the piece is like a handshake between cultures.

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The Lingford & Honey Studio is open for business!

The Lingford & Honey Photography Studio is the 7th diorama to be completed at R.J. Haney Heritage Village. A dream is becoming a reality.

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Sometimes it is the little things

Sometimes the smallest things connect. In between other projects, volunteer Lise Ouimet and I have been going through the archival collection, making the Word documents that summarize each Fonds   more uniform in preparation for a new database. 1.   We have the physical care of our collection under control. The paper and sound recording are in a state of the art storage facility with geothermal heat, LED lighting, computerized humidity controls, water sensors, and a...

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Inclusivity - this year's theme for Heritage Week

This year the theme of Heritage Week is inclusivity. The topic has this curator deep in thought about how “white bread” a teenager once called me.

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Someone asked!

The Heritage Commission was approached by two home owners. The couple asked if their home could be included on the City of Salmon Arm's Heritage Registry. . .

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Front St. Grocery & Confectionery

Work at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is delightful. It changes with the seasons. Each spring and summer we work on dioramas and exhibits. Work on archival collections takes place in the winter when there just seems to be more time to think about the the paper history entrusted into our care. Front Street Grocery & Confectionery is a one-of-a kind archival collection acquired that has a special connection to a museum board member - the late Florrie Farmer.

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