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.To incorporate this, our northernmost Branch, the mandate of the Okanagan Historical Society was changed to include "the Okanagan, Similkameen and Shuswap areas".
Our Mandate, as for all branches of the OHS, is to promote the preservation of historical sites, monuments, buildings, pictures, writings and names.
We currently meet the third Monday of the month, except for the summer months, at 7 p.m. We welcome all new members and guests at the monthly meeting.
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.
Local Branch Membership is $10 annually.
Display in Memory Lane at the Salmon Arm Fair, 2019
Our ongoing projects include 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.
One of our most active early members, Denis Marshall was editor of the OHS Report for five years. In addition, he wrote several books about local history, and specified that the proceeds from their sales go to the Salmon Arm Branch. One of the major projects funded in this way was the restoration of the doors of the SAGA Art Gallery, which was formerly the location of the Post Office. A few years ago Denis's boyhood friend, Geoffrey Leech, left the Branch a substantial bequest in memory of Denis. This money was used to help establish a Salmon Arm OHS fund within the Shuswap Community Foundation, which provides annual funds to the Branch.
We work collaboratively with the Community Heritage Commission and the Salmon Arm Museum and Heritage Society on various projects. These have included a series of quot;Tea and Tourquot; events which featured old-fashioned tea at the Art Gallery, along with tours of buildings on our Heritage Register. Funds from these projects have been used to add heritage street names to regular street signs, and for plaques with historic information about heritage buildings around the town.
A major fund- raising project with the Community Heritage Commission, "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 selected businesses for $2.00.
Money raised goes 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.
President: Linda Painchaud
Vice President: Cindy Malinowski 250-832-7686
Secretary: Barbara Raynor 250 804-3811
Treasurer: Wyona Hansen 250-832-7279
Past President: Dorothy Rolin 250-832-3537
Branch Editor: Diane Ambil
Directors: Gail Burkitt, Tove Jensen, Denise Lyons, Chuck Mobley, Pat Ogden, Lance Ewan