our stories, our history

 

Learn about the history of the North Okanagan through stories of notable citizens, remarkable community groups, local businesses, sporting and cultural events, local traditions, and quirky news stories. We share some of the stories that create our shared history and make this place unique.

Below are some highlights from our latest posts on the GVMA Gazette, updated every 5-10 days with stories of all kinds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FROM BUNCH GRASS TO GRAZELAND

April 9, 2021

Early cattle drives, and, later, the establishment of ranches, allowed the Okanagan to become a hub of economic activity. Despite this benefit, the arrival of large droves of cattle inevitably shaped the natural landscape in lasting ways. Read More…

 

 

 

DRIVE-IN DELIGHTS

March 29, 2021

 Many people have fond memories of the Skyway Drive-in movie theatre, which hosted generations of  Vernonites from 1950 to 1991.  Read More…

 

 

DOUKHOBORS & FREEDOMITES

March 19, 2021

The arrival of Russian Doukhobors in Vernon and the Okanagan Valley is a story flush with tension and resilience. Thousands of Doukhobors began arriving in Canada between 1899 and 1914, escaping oppression under the regime of Tsar Nicholas II. Read More…

 

 

HISTORIC CAMPBELL HOUSE

March 12, 2021

 This Queen Anne Revival House, built in 1898, is among the oldest sites on Vernon’s Heritage Register, and has even garnered attention on a national scale, with the property being listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places. Read More…

 

 

COLDSTREAM KATE KALAMALKA

March 5, 2021

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political successes of women. Even more importantly, perhaps, it is a chance to elevate the voices of those women whose achievements have been silenced, whether intentionally or not, by the passing of time. One such woman is Catherine Kalamalka. Read More…

 

 

CULTURAL MOSAIC: EARLY UKRAINIAN CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS

February 19, 2021

Vernon has a rich Ukrainian Canadian culture. As of 2016, more than one-tenth of the city’s population was composed of people whose origins can be traced back to this Eastern European country. Read more…

 

 

Meanwhile, BACK AT THE RANCH…

January 26, 2021

Take a Virtual Trip back in time through the Wild West and ranchlands of the North Okanagan. 

Learn more about the early relationships between the settlers and the Syilx Indigenous First Nation. Find out about the Syilx and settler women who made this place home, and the fur brigadiers, gold rushers, cowboys, and bank robbers who made this place wild. 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. 

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WE RESPECTFULLY ACKNOWLEDGe

Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is located on the Ancestral, Traditional and Unceded Territory of the Okanagan Nation and the Syilx People.