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A living museum!

What was missing from R.J. Haney Heritage Village? An orchard of course! To tell the story of the fruit industry that once dominated the landscape of our community.

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A satisfying Before and After

Our volunteers are at it again! With incredibly satisfying results for all you before and after fanatics.

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Who was Agnes Inkster?

It started with an email from a colleague. Emma Prescott had read one of my blogs about the Spanish flu from back at the start of the Pandemic. Curious people had been emailing about its impact. How long did it last? How did the community cope? Luckily, the historic Salmon Arm Observer was full of medical references, including Nurse Inkster who opened the first hospital in Salmon Arm. Emma was on a mission, researching the graduates of the Winnipeg General Hospital (now the Health...

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Tale of the Technohero

A museum's database is its beating heart. What happens when a years-old glitch is discovered and thousands of records are rendered useless? Read on to find out...

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The "community" in our community museum

A holiday message from us at RJ Haney Heritage Village and Museum, reflecting on the importance of community museums and the communities that make them possible.

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Accessibility in Collections

Take a look behind the scenes at how volunteers and staff have been making the museum's collection more accessible. It's more nuanced than you think!

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Coyote Pillar at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum

The PÍSELL landmark sculpture identifies the Secwepemc place names visible from R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum. It is a Secwépemc-led arts project that supports Secwepemctsín (Secwépemc language) learning and awareness of Secwépemc oral history, language, and laws in Secwepemcúl̓ecw. The landmark is modelled after the Secwépemc Coyote Pillars and was unveiled on September 16th. When the landmark was installed, Head Gardener Debi Stone noticed something special happening . . .

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The power of discovery

Guest Blogger Bryan Bance is relatively new to Salmon Arm. He's been exploring the community and volunteering in the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village. Bryan is active. Walking the foreshore led to an interesting discovery...

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Find your relatives at the Village!

Michelle Papworth, right, is one of the newest volunteers at the Village. She had an idea of how to help visitors connect to a community of people who lived in Salmon Arm in 1911.

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The cat is out of the bag!

The City of Salmon Arm's Community Heritage Commission was created in 2007 to advise Salmon Arm City Council on heritage conservation matters and to support heritage conservation in the City. The group includes three museum representatives, three members of the public, and one City Councillor. The Commission works very hard. . .

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