Salmon Arm Bay

A scene looking out over Salmon Arm Bay, McGuire Lake and Orchards 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                            Dorothy Rolin                    250-832-3537

Vice President                    Cindy Malinowski             250-832-7686

Secretary/Treasurer          Rosemary Wilson             250-835-4359

Editor                                       Diane Ambil                       250-832-8547

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

Our yearly objectives are: 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 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.

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,” 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.

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 City Council and School District #83 School Board.

We are presently supporting the endeavours of a public group whose mission is to save a 1914 heritage house (Dilkusha) built by Lt.Col. Scott & family. Also on the site are heritage maple trees and heritage tulips.  The City of Salmon Arm has scheduled its demolition for March 17, 2017 to put in a parking lot.

A “Preserving Dilkusha Fund” has been set up at the local Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union for those persons who wish to support this important project by making a donation.

       We welcome all new members & guests.

Coming Events:

Sunday, April 9, 2017 – AGM- Sunday at 2:00pm at the Senior’s Drop-in-Centre, 31 Hudson Ave.NE.  Featured is a talk by four of the authors who contributed to the newly published book “The Many Faces of Mt. Ida.”

April 30, 2017 -AGM Mainline OHS- Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa. 10:00am.

.      NOTE (Must have purchased a Report and filled out the membership card & sent it in to address specified to vote at this meeting.)

June outing – date to be decided.