79th Annual Report
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 2015 held in Oliver, executive council reports can be found here.OHS Index


Upcoming Society Activities

Members and guests are welcome to attend the following upcoming events:

Okanagan Historical Society AGM – Sunday, April 24, 2016, 10 am.  Shatford Centre, Penticton.

Featured Speaker:  Joe Smuin.

Joe Smuin comes from a long line of railwaymen, starting with his grandfather who helped construct the Kettle Valley Railway, to his father and uncles who helped operate the railway at various points on the line. Joe started his railway career in 1971, working at the roundhouse at Penticton as shop staff. In 1977 he commenced work at BC Rail and continued there until his retirement He has written two books, Canadian Pacific Kettle Valley Railway and Kettle Valley Railway Mileboards. Joe lives in the Fraser Valley and continues to acquire material for his sizeable collection of KVR documentation and photographs.  His presentation will take a look at railroading within Penticton city limits and what the same scenes look like today.

Tickets to attend the Business Meeting and Luncheon are $30.00 per person.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the presentation by Joe Smuin at 1:00. Admission is by donation.

For more information please contact Karen Collins, 250-493-1898.

Other events:

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  • Pioneers & Places Spring 2016, Shatford Centre, Penticton.
    • Thursdays, starting January 28, 1:15 pm, Room 108
    • Contact 250-490-6619 (randymanuel.976@email.com) for information
    • What to look forward to… Random historical topics that relate to the region’s history.  Personalities such as Eddie Aldredge, Murial Franck, Doc Gibson, Charlie Oliver, as well as those who pop up during the conversation by those in attendance.  Or the great whew and cry as the price of oil per barrel in the mid 1950’s went from $4.00 to $6.50.  Can the economy stand it?
  • Sunday, June 5 – Salmon Arm Branch pioneer event. A Walk Down Memory Lane: tour of heritage house, transportation in vintage cars, barbershop singers, vignettes, and tea.
  •  Sunday, July 10 – Kelowna Branch pioneer picnic, 10 a.m., Parkinson Recreation Centre.
  •  Sunday, July 17 – OHS Executive Council meeting, 10 a.m., Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.
  •  Saturday, August 13 – Vernon Branch Picnic, Coldstream Park.
  •  Saturday, August 27 – Kelowna Branch, Family Fun, Father Pandosy Mission.

Okanagan Historical Society P.O. Box 313 Vernon, B.C. V1T6M3