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:
Saturday, June 20 and Sunday June 21-- "Pure Steam", large and small steam machinery, hosted by 'Old Boys with Old Toys'. Steamfest celebration, Lakawana Park, Penticton
Sunday, June 21 -- Okanagan Historical Society annual picnic, 12 noon, S.S. Sicamous, Penticton.
Sunday, July 27 -- Kelowna Branch picnic, Parkinson Recreation Centre. Honouring Rutland citizens
Sunday, August 9 -- Vernon Branch picnic, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Coldstream Park. Raconteur Rob Dunwoodie will talk about how the horse has contributed to settlement in the North Okanagan
Sunday, August 17 -- Oliver Osoyoos Branch picnic, Dominion White Lake Astrophysical Observatory
Sunday, August 23 -- Family Fun Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pandosy Mission. Hosted by Kelowna Branch
September 20, 21 -- Penticton Regatta, a re-enactment of the Penticton Regatta of 1914, in conjunction with Steamfest
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