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. 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.
Upcoming Society Activities
Members and guests are welcome to attend the following upcoming events:
- Pioneers & Places Spring 2016, Shatford Centre, Penticton.
- Thursdays, starting January 28, 1:15 pm, Room 108
- Contact 250-490-6619 (email@example.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, April 24, 2016, 10 am. Okanagan Historical Society AGM, Shatford Centre, Penticton.
The winner of the 2015 student video contest is Matt Purdon for “The Armstrong Cheese Company.” The winner of the 2015 student essay contest is Brian Spanier for “The Davidson-Spanier Okanagan Succession.”
Okanagan Historical Society P.O. Box 313 Vernon, B.C. V1T6M3