Deborah Chapman

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Indoor and Outdoor Exploration . . .

A train stopped at the Village . . .

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Baskets come home

A collection of large cedar root baskets came to us at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum. The Secwepemc baskets were created for sale in our community. The donor, Delta Saddler, explained that her parents, Max and Twink Ladner, had bought them when they lived in Salmon Arm. The baskets had been in their Vernon home for years. Delta inherited them but it was time for her to downsize. I explained that we no longer collect First Nations artefacts at the Salmon Arm Museum. We collect for our...

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Our newest character

Pressman Egnar Sandahl was a difficult character to research. It didn't help that the historical records did not spell his name consistently! A little perseverance and researchers were able to fill in the blanks. His was, without a doubt, the Observer's employee of the month in 1913.

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2020 was quite a year!

Every year staff tally the stats, an exercise that tells us that we should be very proud of the work both staff and volunteers have accomplished. It has been an unforgetable year!

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Where do you find your heritage?

An Internet search for "heritage" brings up DNA testing and hints on how to fill in blanks in your family tree. This curator thinks that heritage covers a much wider range of topics. It is living and organic, meaning different things in different contexts to different people . . .

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Why did Salmon Arm change its streets to avenues?

Avenues traditionally run east and west, while streets run north and south don't they????

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On This Spot

There's a great new digital walking tour of Downtown Salmon Arm. Lace up your boots and join us in a tour . . .

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A journal comes home!

When a new archival donation arrives, we all get excited - - especially if it connects to other collections in the archives. This package was like an unexpected Christmas present!

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Learning to read upside-down!

We can hardly wait to show you this new diorama! Thanks to the "boys" at Hucul Printing, the Observer's 1913 printing press will be operating soon. . .

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Creating a piece of history

"Meet me at the Club" was the Demers and Tillman Pool Hall and Barbershop advertisement in the Salmon Arm Observer in 1913. The Club is the latest exhibit at R.J. Haney Heritage Village. We have accomplished quite a lot this year. . .

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