Salmon Arm 2017

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                            Dorothy Rolin                    250-832-3537

Vice President                    Cindy Malinowski             250-832-7686

Secretary                          Sandra Baumgartner             250-804-1886

Treasurer                             Wyona Hansen             250-832-7279

Editor                                       Diane Ambil                       250-832-8547

Contact Dorothy Rolin or e-mail

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 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.

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.

Coming Events:

November 23 & 24, 2017 – OHS Book sale & silent auction in the Piccadilly Mall.

December 3, 2017 (Sunday) – Christmas Gatherin at the Sr. Drop in Centre, 31 Hudson Ave. at 2 pm.  Special guest speaker will be local historian Dave Harper who will talk and show a power point on the wharves, boats, and activities that took place in bygone days in the Salmon Arm bay.  Everyone is welcome.

February 19 & 24, 2018 – Heritage Week – OHS Display in Piccadilly Mall.

We welcome all new members & guests

Obituary:  Ralph Kernaghan


It is with much sadness that I inform you of Ralph Kernaghan’s passing on Sat. Nov.5,2017.  Ralph and his wife Marilyn were lifetime members of our OHS branch with Ralph serving as President from 2003 to 2007.  There is no immediate service, but you can send your e-mail condolences through to Alternative Funeral Home, Armstrong, BC.  The family plan to hold a service at the First United Church in Salmon Arm sometime in the future.  Please go to the Obits in the Observer Newspaper for a full write-up.