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Salmon Arm Branch

The official charter branch of the Salmon Arm Okanagan Historical Society was established in 1989. Prior to that, the organization was known as the Heritage and Museum Society.To incorporate this, our northernmost Branch, the mandate of the Okanagan Historical Society was changed to include "the Okanagan, Similkameen and Shuswap areas".

Our Mandate, as for all branches of the OHS, is to promote the preservation of historical sites, monuments, buildings, pictures, writings and names.

With the exception of the summer months, we currently meet the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Piccadilly Mall, 10 St. SW, Salmon Arm. However, due o the Covid-19 restrictions, our meetings are held over ZOOM until we can safely resume them. For futher information, please contact the president.

Our AGM is held the first week in April, when we honour a pioneer family, and elect the following year's executive. Refreshments and socializing follow. Other special dates include a wind-up picnic/outing in June and a December Christmas gathering which also features a speaker, refreshments and socializing.

Local Branch Membership is $10 annually.

Display in Memory Lane at the Salmon Arm Fair 2019
Display in Memory Lane at the Salmon Arm Fair, 2019
Our ongoing projects include video interviewing of pioneers, a display in the Mall for Heritage Week in February, book sales of the OHS Report in the fall and during Heritage Week, and a display in the Memory Lane section of the Salmon Arm Fall Fair.

One of our most active early members, Denis Marshall, was editor of the OHS Report for five years. In addition, he wrote several books about local history and specified that the proceeds from their sales go to the restoration of the doors for the SAGA Art Gallery and a brass heritage plaque recognizing the building as a former Post Office.
We work collaboratively with the Community Heritage Commission and the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Society on various projects. One of these projects included a series of "Tea and Tour" events which featured old-fashioned tea at the Art Gallery along with tours of heritage houses and buildings. Funds from these projects have been used for plaques and heritage street name signs depicting the history of heritage buildings and streets around the town.
S.S. Andover at the wharf in Salmon Arm
S.S. Andover at the wharf in Salmon Arm. Courtesy R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum, 1977.0099.0140
Salmon Arm Hospital and McGuire Lake, 1940s
Salmon Arm Hospital and McGuire Lake, 1940s. Courtesy Shelley Boursa
Skating on McGuire Lake, 1938
Skating on McGuire Lake, 1938. Courtesy R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum
A major fund-raising project with the Community Heritage Commission, "Walk Down Memory Lane, 2016", featured several heritage related events around town. In conjunction with this project, we launched our long-awaited Heritage Walking Tour brochure which is now on sale at local book stores and businesses.

Money raised goes towards projects affiliated with promoting and preserving history, specifically for the purchase of rolling shelving in the Archives room for the R.J. Haney Museum and of micro film reels from the files of the Salmon Arm Observer newspaper.

Present Executive

President: Linda Painchaud    250-832-8937
Vice President: Cindy Malinowski    250-832-7686
Secretary: Barbara Raynor    250 804-3811
Treasurer: Wyona Hansen    250-832-7279
Past President: Dorothy Rolin    250-832-3537
Branch Editor: Diane Ambil    250-832-8547
Directors: Gail Burkitt, Tove Jensen, Denise Lyons, Chuck Mobley, Pat Ogden, Lance Ewan

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We welcome all new members and guests.