This website celebrates the fascinating history of the Okanagan Valley. Its geology includes a chain of extinct volcanoes, glaciated landforms and the oldest rock in British Columbia. Its human history spans over 7,000 years. This valley's history includes First Nations, the fur trade, the gold rush, the cattle industry, and more recently the dairy, fruit and wine industries.
The Okanagan Historical Society (OHS) is one of the oldest societies in British Columbia dedicated to the preservation of local history. Incorporated in 1925, the society published twelve reports with articles about various historical topics and, after the Second World War, has published a report every year. The first volume was a mere thirty pages; the present volume is over 220 pages.
You become a member of the Okanagan Historical Society by purchasing the most recent annual publication. This book and past reports can be purchased at local museums and book stores, from society members and from the treasurer of the society.
The Okanagan Historical Society is composed of seven branches that represent semi-autonomous organizations focused on their local communities from Osoyoos to Salmon Arm. These 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.
All members of the Okanagan Historical Society are invited to our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, April 24, 2022 in the Enderby Drill Hall, 208 George Street, Enderby, B.C. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. followed by a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Guest speaker Len Gamble will share stories and photographs of the 1979 fire at A.L. Fortune School in Enderby. In accordance with B.C. Provincial health regulations, all participating members must present a B.C. vaccine card. Tickets for the luncheon are $25 and can be purchased from your branch president.
The Student Essay Contest sponsored by the Okanagan Historical Society is now open to students currently in Grades 9-12 or any post secondary institution. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2022.