The Okanagan Historical Society is
one of the oldest
societies in British Columbia dedicated to the preservation of local history.
Incorporated in 1925, the society has published a book each year save during
the Great Depression and World War II. The first volume was a mere thirty
pages; the present volume is 226 pages. You become a member of the Okanagan Historical Society by purchasing the most recent annual publication.
The society is composed of branches that represent semi-autonomous organizations focused on their local communities from Osoyoos to Salmon Arm. These seven branches have at least two or three meetings each year and host lectures, picnics, tours, and banquets. They are involved in a variety of local history projects. Articles of historical importance to each branch are submitted to the branch editor who vets the essay and passes it onto the editor of Okanagan History. Each branch is represented on the Executive Council which meets in Kelowna three times a year. The Annual General Meeting of the society rotates through each of the branches.
Members and guests are welcome to attend the following upcoming events:
Thursday, November 14 -- Penticton Branch meeting
Thursday, November 14 -- Kelowna Branch Christmas Luncheon, Kelowna Golf and Country Club
Sunday, November 17 -- Oliver Osoyoos Branch meeting, United church, Oliver. Speaker Mr. Ernie Rotheisler on "The Evolution of the Cherry Picker in Oliver." Some modesl discussed will be the Giraffe, the Girette, the Chipmunk, the Squirrel, and the Kangaroo. These are names of various elevated platform picking machines that have been and continue to be used locally and internationally.
Sunday, November 17 -- Armstorng Enderby branch meeting, Armstrong museum, 2 p.m. Guest speaker is Jim Nelson, a colourful long-time resident of Armstrong
November -- Vernon Branch meeting. Guest speaker on Tolko
December 1 -- Salmon Arm Branch meeting, Senior's Drop-in Centre, 2 p.m. Speakers Cathy Jameson and Tina Bartman on the Salmon Arm pioneer family, the Jacksons.
The winner of the 2013 student video contest is Brittany Meyer for her video "A Journey down Okanagan Lake with the S.S. Okanagan Sternwheeler."
Okanagan Historical Society P.O. Box 313 Vernon, B.C. V1T6M3