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The Mysterious Mr. Harper

Retired M.D. Don Paterson likes to help the archives out by doing research remotely. He recently looked into the life and times of Salmon Arm resident Henry Arthur Harper who also went by Arthur Henry Harper when it suited him. Ancestry.ca provided some of the answers. . .

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Sprig of Heather

The location of the first Sprig of Heather was a mystery. The Salmon Arm Observer reported it was in the Ashton Cottage. Back in 1910, locals called all one storey houses "cottages," but where was this cottage located? It had to be central to other businesses. . .

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The Strange Case of Mary Agnes Hourihan & the Lee Creek School

Dr. Don Paterson is a friend to the Museum. He has access to resources like Ancestry.ca and loves a good mystery. When I asked him to research an incident at the Lee Creek School, he took the project on with enthusiasm.

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The funding came through!

Writing any application for funding can be nerve wracking. The Curatorial staff at the Village crafts a pitch for funding, she gets her best friend to proof the request, finds photographs to paint the picture to submit with the application, and takes deep breath. There is always a lot riding on each application. Will it be successful?

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Spanish 'Flu

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed more than how we interact at the R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum. It has also changed operations in the archives. Protocols have been set in place to keep returning staff safe. The question on everyone’s minds is, “When will we open?” That depends on the virus, the resources to implement our plan, and keeping the public safe. Researchers still contact the archives by phone and email. They, too, have been influenced by the pandemic.

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Corrections

Archivists hate when their records are wrong, but they also love to correct them. That’s what happened this week. A researcher recently emailed to say that one of our photos on R.J. Haney Heritage Village website had names mixed up. “Your photo,” Doug Mobley wrote, “catalogue number 1987.0156.0014 is described as: Bedford Family at home. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bedford with children baby Victor, Doug, Margaret, Albert and Charles Jr. on his Dad's knee.”...

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Your autograph please!

Several watercolour and ink drawings were found in an autograph book belonging to Ivy Fathers who married George McEwen in 1929.

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Artefact comes home!

The nicest thing happened by chance in February. Archives volunteer Lise Ouimet had an appointment in Vernon. She was there over meal time, so stopped at Denny’s. There was an omelette on the menu that Lise liked. Lise must have been her usual chatty self. Her server, Laura, mentioned that she grew up in Salmon Arm. Lise mentioned that she worked at the Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village. Laura was up for a conversation. She used to live in Haney House before it was taken over by...

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Photo collection

Driving School? What were these young people doing? Image courtesy the Observer collection, Salmon Arm Museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.

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Heritage Awards

Heritage Awards for people involved in caring for historic buildings was the brainchild of Mary Landers.

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