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 March 26 -- Summerland Branch annual general meeting, Guest speaker Dr. Frank Kappell on the cherry industry in Summerland

Sunday March 29 -- Vernon Branch annual general meeting, Schubert Centre, 2 p.m. Guest speaker Al Thorlakson of Tolko Industries

Saturday April 4 -- Kelowna Branch annual general meeting. Guest speaker Heather Berringer, librarian at UBC Okanagan

Sunday April 12 -- Oliver Osoyoos Branch annual general meeting. Guest speaker George Fraser, longtime resident of Osoyoos

Sunday April 12 -- Salmon Arm Branch annual general meeting, Seniors Drop-in Centre, 2 p.m. Guest speakers Allan and Rosemary Wilson on the Tappen Co-op.

Sunday April 19 -- Armstrong Enderby Branch annual general meeting, Enderby Seniors Complex, 2 p.m. Guest speakers on the past and future of the abandoned CPR rail corridor in the North Okanagan.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 -- Okanagan Historical Society Annual General Meeting, Silver Sage Winery, Oliver. 10 a.m. meeting, 12:30 luncheon. Guest speakers will be John and Lynn Bremmer, on the development of the grape growing and winemaking industry in the Okanagan. Please contact Larry Shannon for information.

The winners of the 2014 student video contest are Chelsea Sladen for "The Historic Grist Mill in Keremeos" and Matthew Burke for "Kelowna's Chinatown."

Okanagan Historical Society P.O. Box 313 Vernon, B.C. V1T6M3

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