Local History

Skiing on Mount Revelstoke in 1950 with Heather Lodge in the background. Photo by Earle Dickey. (Revelstoke Museum photo #8560)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Feb. 25

Elizabeth Haupt Collections Manager Intern 130 years ago: Kootenay Star, Feb. 28,…

 

Nels Nelsen ski jumping on Mount Revelstoke in 1916, when he became the Canadian champion. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo #1852)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Feb. 11

Local history recorded in the newspaper archives

  • Feb 15, 2021

 

Former Fulton Secondary School teacher and football coach, and former Canadian Football League offensive lineman Roger Scales had some CFL memorabilia sent to him to autograph, courtesy of a dermatologist in Utah. Scales, who spent 10 seasons in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos, played college ball at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. (David Myers photo)

Vernon football player’s card pops up in Utah dermatologist’s hands

Roger Scales’ 1970s Toronto Argonauts card now hangs signed by the player in David Myers’ office

 

Isabel Coursier of Revelstoke held the women’s world record for ski-jumping with a jump of 84 feet in 1922. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo #909)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Feb. 4

Local history as recorded in the newspaper

  • Feb 4, 2021
Isabel Coursier of Revelstoke held the women’s world record for ski-jumping with a jump of 84 feet in 1922. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo #909)
Beard Growing Contests were popular in Revelstoke as far back as the first Golden Spike Days Celebration in July of 1944. In this staged publicity photo, local barber Clarence Sheedy is seen with contestants Toby Belinski, two unknown men, Elio Pradolini, possibly Nelson Huckle, and Al McAskill. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 348)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 28

A look at local history as recorded by the newspaper

  • Jan 27, 2021
Beard Growing Contests were popular in Revelstoke as far back as the first Golden Spike Days Celebration in July of 1944. In this staged publicity photo, local barber Clarence Sheedy is seen with contestants Toby Belinski, two unknown men, Elio Pradolini, possibly Nelson Huckle, and Al McAskill. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 348)
North-West Mounted Police barracks at the top of Douglas Street hill, 1885. The man seated at the front was (Colonel Sam Steele. Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 856)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 21

130 years ago: Kootenay Star, Jan. 24, 1891 An accident occurred at…

  • Jan 21, 2021
North-West Mounted Police barracks at the top of Douglas Street hill, 1885. The man seated at the front was (Colonel Sam Steele. Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 856)
Revelstoke Women’s Hockey Team, circa 1905. Back row: M. Buck, N. Dunne, L. Bliss, E. Pettipiece, V. Coleman. Front row: M. Corley, B. Sawyer, A. Buck. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives Photo 66)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 14

Local history from the newspaper archives

Revelstoke Women’s Hockey Team, circa 1905. Back row: M. Buck, N. Dunne, L. Bliss, E. Pettipiece, V. Coleman. Front row: M. Corley, B. Sawyer, A. Buck. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives Photo 66)
J.Q. McKinnon outside of his men’s clothing store on First Street West, showing the record snowfall in the winter of 1931 to 1932. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1474)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 7

A look at local history from newspaper archives

  • Jan 7, 2021
J.Q. McKinnon outside of his men’s clothing store on First Street West, showing the record snowfall in the winter of 1931 to 1932. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1474)
Victoria Hotel dining room with Christmas decorations. The hotel was located on Front Street. 
(Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 2381)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Dec. 31

A look at local history from the newspaper archives

  • Dec 31, 2020
Victoria Hotel dining room with Christmas decorations. The hotel was located on Front Street. 
(Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 2381)
Mackenzie Avenue at Christmas time in the 1930s. Mannings Candy store can be seen on the left; Christmas trees were placed in snow piles along the middle of the street. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 1204)

Glimpses of our past for Dec. 24

Opening of a new power plant, Nels Nelsen leaves Revelstoke and armed forces visit.

Mackenzie Avenue at Christmas time in the 1930s. Mannings Candy store can be seen on the left; Christmas trees were placed in snow piles along the middle of the street. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 1204)
First Street West in the 1950s, showing snowed-in parking meters. 
(Photo by George Stocks/Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1477)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Dec. 17

130 years ago: Kootenay Star, Dec. 20, 1890 An interesting article in…

  • Dec 17, 2020
First Street West in the 1950s, showing snowed-in parking meters. 
(Photo by George Stocks/Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1477)
Pomalift on Mount Revelstoke ski area. The lift opened in January 1961, and was later moved to Mount Mackenzie. Photo by Estelle Dickey. 
(Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 8293)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Dec. 10

A look at local history as recorded in the newspaper

  • Dec 13, 2020
Pomalift on Mount Revelstoke ski area. The lift opened in January 1961, and was later moved to Mount Mackenzie. Photo by Estelle Dickey. 
(Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 8293)
The Windsor Hotel at Illecillewaet, circa 1898. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1296)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Dec. 3

A look at local history, as recorded in the newspaper

The Windsor Hotel at Illecillewaet, circa 1898. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1296)
Figure skaters in the old skating rink in the 1940s. 
(Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 4034)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Nov. 26

A look a local history as recorded by the newspaper

  • Nov 27, 2020
Figure skaters in the old skating rink in the 1940s. 
(Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 4034)
Arrowhead School in 1957. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 2306)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Nov. 19

A look back at some local history

  • Nov 19, 2020
Arrowhead School in 1957. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 2306)
Alice Lee, left, and Gilda Koenig with the Vernon and District Family History Society raised funds and got donations to put up a pair of commemorative rock monuments for people who died in the Vernon-based B.C. Provincial Home for the Aged between 1948 and 1961. <ins>The rocks were put in a row where 41 people from the home are buried, and to stop people from driving over the graves as a shortcut through the cemetery.</ins> (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon volunteers protect graves with unique row at cemetery

Engraved rocks commemorate some who died in Vernon’s B.C. Provincial Home For Aged from 1948-1961

Alice Lee, left, and Gilda Koenig with the Vernon and District Family History Society raised funds and got donations to put up a pair of commemorative rock monuments for people who died in the Vernon-based B.C. Provincial Home for the Aged between 1948 and 1961. <ins>The rocks were put in a row where 41 people from the home are buried, and to stop people from driving over the graves as a shortcut through the cemetery.</ins> (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Snowplow on Mackenzie Avenue in 1912. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 275)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Nov. 12

A look at Revelstoke’s history as recorded in the community newspaper for over 100 years

  • Nov 12, 2020
Snowplow on Mackenzie Avenue in 1912. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 275)
Revelstoke Board of Trade in original local courthouse, circa 1897. From bottom left: Dr. W.B. McKechnie, B.R. Atkins, T.E.L. Taylor, unknown, unknown, F.B. Wells, T. Haig, Mr. Hearne, Charles Shaw, Mr. Brewster, Robert Tapping, unknown (in back), Robert Wilson, unknown, H.A. Brown, unknown. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce celebrates 125 years

The organization has outlasted 16 Canadian prime ministers

Revelstoke Board of Trade in original local courthouse, circa 1897. From bottom left: Dr. W.B. McKechnie, B.R. Atkins, T.E.L. Taylor, unknown, unknown, F.B. Wells, T. Haig, Mr. Hearne, Charles Shaw, Mr. Brewster, Robert Tapping, unknown (in back), Robert Wilson, unknown, H.A. Brown, unknown. (Photo from Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
The Revelstoke Railway Museum’s new curator Laura VanZant shows off the organizations new train signal lights to help guests move safely through the building. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Revelstoke Railway Museum ‘lights up’ with new COVID-19 safety protocols

3D printed train signals helps guests navigate the museum

The Revelstoke Railway Museum’s new curator Laura VanZant shows off the organizations new train signal lights to help guests move safely through the building. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
SS Rossland at Arrowhead in 1905. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives #142 photo)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for June 25

Flooding, new radio station and parking meters

SS Rossland at Arrowhead in 1905. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives #142 photo)