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 annual publication can be purchased at local museums and book stores throughout the Valley, as well as from branch members.
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. Reports from annual general meetings can be found in the Report. For the most recent meeting, April 2016 held in Penticton, executive council reports can be found here.
Upcoming Society Activities
Members and guests are welcome to attend the following upcoming events:
Okanagan Historical Society AGM – Sunday, April 30, 2017, 10 am. location tbd, Summerland.
- Saturday, October 22 (tentative) – Kelowna Branch, Fall Social, 1:30-3:00 pm, Missionwood Retirement Resort
- Sunday, October 23 – OHS Executive Council meeting, 10 am, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.
- Sunday, July 16 – Kelowna Branch Picnic, Parkinson Recreation Centre.
- Saturday, August 26 – Kelowna Branch Old Fashioned Social, Father Pandosy Mission
Okanagan Historical Society P.O. Box 313 Vernon, B.C. V1T6M3