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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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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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Old book gets new life

“Tucked in between the rocky fastnesses of Northern British Columbia and the semi-arid bunch grass country to the south lie the pleasant valleys of the Shuswap and its tributaries, stretching from Kamloops up to Sugar Lake, and to the headwaters of the Eagle. To those accustomed to think of British Columbia as a country of rocky canyons and snow-clad peaks, the Shuswap Country comes as a pleasant surprise. Here is a land of wide river valley and many-armed lakes, bordered by long...

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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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Waterways of Here and There

The Salmon Arm Museum is pleased to be the first host for "Waterways: Past, Present and Future", a travelling exhibition from the Kelowna Museums Society. On view until September 17, 2022.

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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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Springtime in the Shuswap

Spring is when everyone starts to stir. After many long months of hibernating in our homes, we finally begin to poke our heads out and wonder what might be beyond these four walls we’ve seen for so long. The snow is almost, but not entirely, gone here at the park. This was my first Shuswap winter, having spent the rest in the South Okanagan, Switzerland, Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. I’ve been around, I guess you could say. Every year, in every place, I anticipate the re-coming...

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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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