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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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Transcribing Uncle's diaries

Hjalmar Peterson wanted to donate his diaries to the museum at R.J. Haney Heritage Village. He was a board member and knew how much they would be appreciated by the archivist. They were his personal record of community and family life. Hjalmar's neice Janet Hanna accepted the job of reading and transcribing the diaries. She started in January. When the pandemic hit Janet found herself with a little more time to dedicate tot he project. . .

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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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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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