Looking out over Salmon Arm Bay, an Orchard scene circa 1931.  (photo courtesy R.J.Haney Heritage Village & Museum)

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.

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

Meeting Place:  We currently meet the third Monday of the month in the board room of the Piccadilly Mall at 7:00 pm. (With the exception of the summer months) 10 St. SW Salmon Arm.

Local Branch Membership is $10 annually.

Present Executive

President                            Linda Painchaud                   250-832-8937

Vice President                    Cindy Malinowski             250-832-7686

Secretary                          Linda Painchaud             250-832-8937

Treasurer                             Wyona Hansen             250-832-7279

Editor                                       Diane Ambil                       250-832-8547

Past President                     Dorothy Rolin                    250-832-3537

Contact Dorothy Rolin kdrolin@hotmail.com or e-mail okhistorysa@gmail.com

Our yearly objectives: to submit to the Executive Council, stories, articles, tributes, pictures and member obituaries related to people in our surrounding area to be published collectively in a yearly book called “The Report.”


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. (2020 AGM CANCELLED DUE TO PANDEMIC)

This past year’s projects have been ongoing: 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.

A major fund- raising project with the Community Heritage Commission entitled “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 the Visitor’s Centre and elected businesses for $2.00.

Monies raised go 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.

In 2016, we launched a petition to try and save the last of our public heritage buildings, the former Salmon Arm Elementary School which will be 100 years in 2022. Over 1200 names were collected and presented to both the Salmon Arm Council and the School District #83 School Board. This endeavour is ongoing.

The Save Dilkusha Heritage House was voted down by Salmon Arm’s City Council in March 2017. Last minutes attempts were being made to sway the council but to no avail. And the house was demolished.

In 2019, contact was made to City Council via the Dilkusha Heritage Society of BC, to acknowledge this now vacant site the house was located at. Col. Bernard Scott and family who lived at Dilkusha grew fields of tulips on three acres along side his apple orchard in order to subsidize his income. People came from far and wide to view this spectacular flower in bloom. Maureen Shaffer presented a power point presentation at our April AGM on the Col. Scott Family and Dilkusha.

Display at the Salmon Arm Fall Fair in Memory Lane
Display at the Salmon Arm Fall Fair in Memory Lane (2019)

MONTHLY MEETINGS: We welcome all new members & guests at our monthly meetings. Meetings are held in the boardroom of the Piccadilly Mall starting at 7 pm each third Monday of the Month.


Nov 18th, 2019: Our regular meeting will be at the Piccadilly Mall Boardroom @7:00pm. Deborah Chapman, curator for the Salmon Arm Museum is presenting a talk on the history of McGuire Lake, also known as Little Lake. This talk supports the current exhibit at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery, a community fibre arts installation called “The Little Lake.”

April 5th, 2020: Salmon Arm Branch AGM (CANCELED)

Can you help us?

*We are looking for old pictures of Salmon Arm houses circa 1900 -1950’s, their address, history and names of people who lived in these houses for a lengthy duration.

*We are looking for past information and/or photos pertaining to the Gleneden Eagles hockey team, and the All Indian Hockey Tournament which they sponsored.

*Also, if you have old photos of Salmon Arm events that you think may be of historical value, please contact us through our website. okhistorysa@gmail.com