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Hold that position!

Construction of the Lingford and Honey Studio diorama is finished! There will be so much more to see and do at the village next year. Don't forget your cell phone!

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The Everyday Art of Quilts

Erin Stodola, the Registrar of Collections, was given the job of designing a special rack to store the museum's quilt collection. She did an outstanding job!

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A step in the right direction

Curator Tracey Kutschker wanted to do something locally to recognize the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation . The day is one of the Commission's 94 Calls to Action. The day is to honour the survivors of residential school system, their families and communities. The day also honoured and remembered the 215 children who died in care at the Kamloops Residential School.

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Truth and Reconciliation Day

When the horrific news of the confirmation of 215 children’s graves on the grounds of the former Residential School in Kamloops broke last June, the board and staff at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum were heartsick. We offered condolences, but that did not seem enough. Please join us as we #DrumForTheChildren.

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Two Artists Two Neighbours

Two collections made their way into the archives this summer amid fires, smoke filled skies, and COVID gathering restrictions. The collections were paintings by different artists that had a lovely connection to our community. What was even more amazing was that the artists were, at one point, neighbours on the same avenue. Were they friends?

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The Salmon Arm Observer Receives a Home Makeover

Erin Stoloda joined the collections management team at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum this spring and was immediately assigned the newspaper project. We had no idea there was a family connection to this project . . .

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A Rare Find

Aubree Jeffrey was formally edging a flower bed at Haney House. She says she has learned a lot about gardening from Head Gardener Debi Stone. Her greatest contribution this summer was a one of a kind find, though.

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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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