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, March 15 -- Kelowna Branch AGM, Guest speaker Cliff Serwa on the history of Big White
Sunday, March 30 -- Oliver/Osoyoos Branch Annual General Meeting
Sunday, April 6 -- Vernon Branch Annual General Meeting
Friday, April 4 -- Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society, 7 p.m. Guest speaker Kelly Cook on restoring the trails in the North Cascades
Sunday, April 13 -- Armstrong/Enderby Branch Annual General Meeting. Guest speakers on Baird Bros. of Enderby
Sunday, April 27 -- Okanagan Historical Society Annual General Meeting, 10 a.m., Elks Hall, Salmon Arm. 12:30 Luncheon. Guest speaker Jim Johnson on the Salmon Arm railway station
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