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:

Sunday, October 26 -- Armstrong Enderby Branch meeting, Armstrong Museum, 2 p.m. Guest speaker John McKechnie on 4-H in the district

Thursday, October 30 -- Oliver Osoyoos Branch meeting. Guest speaker Mr. Richard Simmons Sr. on the history of the Oliver Volunteer Fire Department

Friday October 31 -- Penticton Branch meeting. Round table story-telling session. Please bring a Halloween story from the past

Sunday, November 23 -- Vernon Branch meeting, Schubert Centre, 2 p.m. Guest speaker on the history of the Vernon Fire Department

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

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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