our stories, our history

 

Explore the stories that create the history the Greater Vernon area, from notable citizens to the communities that bring us together, local businesses to individual achievement, sporting events to quirky news stories, we share some of the stories this place unique.

Below are our latest posts. Explore the GVMA Gazette, updated every 7-10 days with stories of all kinds.

 

 

 

 

 

An Okanagan Hero

November 6, 2020

It was the first morning of the Battle for Vimy Ridge, which many historians consider a defining moment, and one of the greatest victories, for the Canadian Army.George McLean, from the Nk’maplqs (Head of the Lake) Band, was not new to the world of soldiering by the time of the Battle for Vimy Ridge. During the Boer War, when he was 25-years-old, McLean had served with the Canadian Mounted Rifles. When World War One broke out, McLean, alongside every other male member of the Head of the Lake Band between the ages of 20 and 35, enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Read more…

 

 

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

November 3, 2020

“Canadian Hospital Ship Sunk by German Submarine Off the Irish Coast—Many Nurses and Doctors Missing” read the headline of the July 1, 1918, edition of the Vernon News. The event was one of the most controversial during the Great War, since attacking a hospital ship was against international law as well as the orders of the German navy. The sinking also brought the war home to the citizens of Vernon, since among the hundreds who died from the attack were two former nurses of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Margaret Marjory Fraser and Minnie Katherine Gallaher. Read more…

 

 

 

A GLIMPSE INTO GVMA ARCHIVAL FONDS – WHERE STORIES LIVE

October 23, 2020

The Greater Vernon Archives has some gems in the archival fonds entrusted to us to store, care for and preserve. Secrets that followed people to their graves remain in the pages of diaries tucked into shelves. Family rivalries and reunification play out in letters left for us to interpret. Read more…

 

 

Okanagan’s LEGENDARY lake creature

October 23, 2020

With Halloween just around the corner, it is officially the season of the unsettling, the surreal, the supernatural. Nearly every country has its own mythical monster whose tales frighten children and whose existence causes debate among even the most skeptical of adults.The Okanagan’s resident “monster” is now most widely known as the Ogopogo, and year after year a new story of this slippery serpent emerges. Read more…

 

 

MUSEUM BEGINS PROCESS OF RECONCILIATION

October 13, 2020

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives (GVMA) is honoured to host the Cultural Safety Program, facilitated by local Indigenous Elders. The program provides training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, and anti-racism for partners in arts, culture, and heritage in the North Okanagan as they share positive information about Syilx People and participate in a process of reconciliation and future collaboration. Read more…

 

 

vernon hospital’s founding mother

October 2, 2020

Women’s History Month: For those who have visited the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, we owe this woman our health; she was the driving force behind the establishment of Vernon’s first hospital, fondly known as the Cottage Hospital. Clara Chipp came to Vernon circa 1888 after marrying the town’s first government official, Walter Dewdney. Walter had recently lost his wife, and Clara stepped up to act as a surrogate mother to his three young children. Read more…

 

 

WOMAN OF THE CENTURY

October 2, 2020

October is Women’s History Month, a celebration of the outstanding achievements of women throughout Canada’s history. Since its incorporation in 1892, Vernon has been home to a number of fascinating women, so this is the perfect opportunity to explore how their legacies have shaped the city.   Read more…