Summerland featured in historical report

The Okanagan Historical Society has just published its 78th annual report.

The Okanagan Historical Society has just published its 78th annual report.

The book contains historical articles from the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen Valleys.

Featured in this year’s book are articles about Summerland’s Okanagan College 1906-1914, the Verrier Award and the Barclay Ranch house.

Summerland’s Okanagan College was one of Western Canada’s first institutes of higher learning.

Located on the north slope of Giant’s Head Mountain, its buildings were historic landmarks of our community.

The Verrier Award is Summerland’s most prestigious community award: initiated by our students to remember a classmate.

The Barclay Ranch House is probably Summerland’s most important heritage building.  Built by David Lloyd Jones, it was purchased by George Barclay and moved from Jones Flat to its present location on Victoria Road, in time for the Barclay wedding in 1897.

The Okanagan Historical Society was founded in 1925. For most of those years, the Society has published an annual report. The earlier reports are available at no cost from the digital collections of the University of British Columbia. Visitdigitalcollections.library.ubc.ca/cdm/landingpage/collection/ohs.

In recent years the society has expanded its activities to include a student essay contest as well as the very  popular student  historical video contests, which are part of the curriculum of the Faculty of Education at UBCO.

The book can be purchased at the Summerland Museum. The cost includes an annual membership to the society.