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Bourne Brothers General Store, across the tracks near the CPR station, in the 1890s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 83)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for March 26

Spicy school meeting, theft at CPR and a proposal to host the 1968 Winter Olympics

  • Mar 30, 2020
Bourne Brothers General Store, across the tracks near the CPR station, in the 1890s. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 83)
Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley

Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley

Transportation corridor passed through Nicola Prairie, now Summerland

Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley
Outgoing Snow Queen Anita Correnti passes the crown to 1960 Snow Queen Faith Jones. (From the Greta Speerbrecker collection, Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for March 19

Items from Revelstoke newspapers, as gleaned and edited by Cathy English, curator…

  • Mar 27, 2020
Outgoing Snow Queen Anita Correnti passes the crown to 1960 Snow Queen Faith Jones. (From the Greta Speerbrecker collection, Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
Summerland’s 4.1-kilometre Fur Brigade Trail Linear Park was created 2006. The trail extends from Priest Camp Historic Park to the Brigade Lookout. Recently the trail was added to the Provincial Heritage Registry. This recognition will add additional protection to a trail that is estimated to be 6,000 years old. (Summerland Museum photo)

Fur Brigade Trail on provincial heritage registry

Trail in Okanagan Vally was used during gold rush in late 19th century

Summerland’s 4.1-kilometre Fur Brigade Trail Linear Park was created 2006. The trail extends from Priest Camp Historic Park to the Brigade Lookout. Recently the trail was added to the Provincial Heritage Registry. This recognition will add additional protection to a trail that is estimated to be 6,000 years old. (Summerland Museum photo)
Mrs. Wilkes with her kindergarten class, 1900. Back: Arthur Young, Shella Dickey, Helen Solloway, Mary Paget. Middle: unknown, unknown, Frank Solloway, unknown, unknown, Charles Field. Front: Russell Solloway, Val Tomlinson. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives, photo 91)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for March 12

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, March 14, 1900 Mrs. Wilkes opened the…

  • Mar 15, 2020
Mrs. Wilkes with her kindergarten class, 1900. Back: Arthur Young, Shella Dickey, Helen Solloway, Mary Paget. Middle: unknown, unknown, Frank Solloway, unknown, unknown, Charles Field. Front: Russell Solloway, Val Tomlinson. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives, photo 91)
IN A TENT HOUSE                                Often, our earliest settlers first used tent houses prior to their permanent homes being built. This photograph shows Walter Verity and his wife Elizabeth (nee Tait) with their tent home beside their gardens. Elizabeth’s brothers Magnus and John and sister Christine (Nixon) also lived here. (Summerland Museum photo)

Tent homes were once used in Summerland

Temporary dwellings provided shelter until permanent homes were constructed

IN A TENT HOUSE                                Often, our earliest settlers first used tent houses prior to their permanent homes being built. This photograph shows Walter Verity and his wife Elizabeth (nee Tait) with their tent home beside their gardens. Elizabeth’s brothers Magnus and John and sister Christine (Nixon) also lived here. (Summerland Museum photo)
Elsie Mackinnon, matron, on the steps of the original Queen Victoria Cottage Hospital, 1902. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1081)

Inspirational women of Revelstoke’s past

Cathy English Curator of Revelstoke Museum and Archives Writing a column on…

  • Mar 8, 2020
Elsie Mackinnon, matron, on the steps of the original Queen Victoria Cottage Hospital, 1902. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1081)
SCHOOL DAYS                                Miss Tan and her Kindergarten class at MacDonald School enjoy a day in the classroom in 1994. (Summerland Museum photo)

MacDonald School in Summerland had a long history

Downtown elementary school, named after well-loved principal, operated for almost 80 years

SCHOOL DAYS                                Miss Tan and her Kindergarten class at MacDonald School enjoy a day in the classroom in 1994. (Summerland Museum photo)
The avalanche of 1910 killed 58 people. (Submitted by Revelstoke Museum and Archives P257)

110 years ago the mountain fell down on Rogers Pass

The avalanche of 1910 is still Canada’s worst avalanche disaster

The avalanche of 1910 killed 58 people. (Submitted by Revelstoke Museum and Archives P257)
Downtown Summerland businesses have changed

Downtown Summerland businesses have changed

A quarter of a century ago, different businesses were on Main Street

Downtown Summerland businesses have changed
Prize load of the Fred Robinson lumber company, 1900. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum & Archives, P1067)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Feb. 27

Items from Revelstoke newspapers, as gleaned and edited by Cathy English, curator…

Prize load of the Fred Robinson lumber company, 1900. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum & Archives, P1067)
Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin
A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Thumbprint, hairbrush: Franklin wreck in Nunavut waters reveals sailors’ lives

In 2019, the Parks Canada team produced extraordinary images of the HMS Terror

A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Ivind Nilsen (also known as Nelsen) jumping at Revelstoke circa 1920s. Ivind, the younger brother of Nels Nelsen, was known for his perfect form. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives P1937)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Feb. 20

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, Feb. 16, 1900 The first game on…

Ivind Nilsen (also known as Nelsen) jumping at Revelstoke circa 1920s. Ivind, the younger brother of Nels Nelsen, was known for his perfect form. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives P1937)
Sculptor Nathan Scott adds detail to the tremendous clay mutton chops of John Abbott. Looking on is the ill-fated John Thompson (front right), the 68-day leader Charles Tupper (back right) and Mackenzie Bowell (back left). (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)

Kamloops sculptor casting Canada’s forefathers in bronze

Four of Canada’s early prime ministers will be cast in bronze at a shop in Knutsford, B.C.

  • Feb 9, 2020
Sculptor Nathan Scott adds detail to the tremendous clay mutton chops of John Abbott. Looking on is the ill-fated John Thompson (front right), the 68-day leader Charles Tupper (back right) and Mackenzie Bowell (back left). (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)
OLD BUILDING                                Members of the Okanagan Historical Society have asked Summerland council for help in preserving an old cabin. One suggestion has been to dismantle the cabin and have it relocated to another site. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Discussions focus on preserving heritage cabin in Summerland

Building in Trout Creek is the oldest in Summerland and one of the oldest in the Okanagan

OLD BUILDING                                Members of the Okanagan Historical Society have asked Summerland council for help in preserving an old cabin. One suggestion has been to dismantle the cabin and have it relocated to another site. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Vernon instructors Restore TV stars’ dance moves

Vernon instructors Restore TV stars’ dance moves

Rust Valley Restorers compete in Dancing with the Shuswap Stars on air

Vernon instructors Restore TV stars’ dance moves
Edmund Wood, age 77, and Henry Okumura, age 1, oldest and youngest members of Revelstoke Ski Club, 1960. (Estelle Dickey photo. Revelstoke Museum & Archives DN-863)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 30

Items from Revelstoke newspapers, as gleaned and edited by Cathy English, curator…

  • Jan 30, 2020
Edmund Wood, age 77, and Henry Okumura, age 1, oldest and youngest members of Revelstoke Ski Club, 1960. (Estelle Dickey photo. Revelstoke Museum & Archives DN-863)
The horizontal road is South Victoria Road and the road going into the distance is Prairie Valley Road. The James Darke home is in the foreground and across the street is the Thomas Dale (Dale Meadows) residence. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland museum)

Pioneer families lived in Summerland’s Prairie Valley area

Darke and Dale families played roles in community’s early history

The horizontal road is South Victoria Road and the road going into the distance is Prairie Valley Road. The James Darke home is in the foreground and across the street is the Thomas Dale (Dale Meadows) residence. (Photograph courtesy of the Summerland museum)
The Hudson’s Bay circa 1966 in downtown Vernon was spotlighted by the department store on social media Jan. 21, 2020. (Facebook)

Hudson’s Bay spotlights old Vernon store

Old downtown department store remembered fondly

The Hudson’s Bay circa 1966 in downtown Vernon was spotlighted by the department store on social media Jan. 21, 2020. (Facebook)