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Events & Programs of the Lake Country Museum

Lake Country offers many Programs and Events throughout the year. They will be showcased here, as well as on the Blog and on Facebook.

To see specific events, please access the Events bar at the left: CentrePiece, Contests, Lecture Series, etc.

To see which Events are featured in a specific month or year please use the Calendar Bar above.

Apple Valley Book Launch

Jun 8, 2019

Lake Country Museum and Archives is hosting the Apple Valley Book Launch on Saturday, June 8 at 2:00 pm. This is being held in honour of the new publication “Apple Valley: A Century of Fruit Farming in the Okanagan.”

The book description is as follows:

“Fruit farming did not ‘come naturally’ to the Okanagan. It had to be made to work. The watershed was transformed with dams, pipes, and flumes. Forests were felled. Wetlands were drained. The biggest challenge of all was economic: finding enough consumers to buy the fruit (especially apples) for a reasonable price. In the 20th century, the Okanagan was a great place to live and to grow fruit. But to make a good living from fruit growing? That was another matter.”

This event will give you the opportunity to meet the author, Don McNair, and learn about Lake Country’s agricultural history. It will begin with a presentation by McNair, followed by a question period, and finally a meet and greet.

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Apple Valley: A Century of Fruit Farming in the Okanagan
“Apple Valley: A Century of Fruit Farming in the Okanagan”

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Steeped in our Traditions Exhibit Launch

Jun 22, 2019

The Lake Country Museum and Archives is hosting the Steeped in our Traditions Exhibit Launch on Saturday, June 22 at 1:00 pm followed by a Traditional Tea Ceremony at 2:00 pm.
The exhibit launch will introduce the new feature exhibit, which has two displays. The first illustrates the importance of tea and the ceremony around consumption and includes traditional Chinese tea ware. The second is focused on Japanese traditions and includes a handmade Girls Festival Doll collection and a traditional uchikake. In the launch, Dan Bruce, Curator at Lake Country Museum and Archives, will explain the history of Japanese and Chinese traditions and how the exhibit came to be.

The tea ceremony will be held at the OK Patio Café. It will demonstrate how a traditional tea ceremony is executed. Afterwards, the steeped tea will be served to guests with Japanese themed dishes from the café.

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Exhibit Launch Poster

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Lecture Series

Jan 1, 2011 to Dec 31, 2019

The Lecture Series presented by the Lake Country Museum features topics of human or natural historical significance. Lectures are usually held at the Creekside Theatre, 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country, BC.

Some of these public lectures will be held in conjunction with the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) and will be held at the ORL’s Lake Country branch in the Municipal building on Bottom Wood Lake Road in Lake Country.

Some lectures will have an admission fee, but most lectures are Admission by Donation.

2019 Lectures:

  1. History of Lake Country (presenter Duane Thomson)

2018 Lectures:

  1. Early History — BC Interior (5 week series; presenter Dr. Duane Thomson)
  2. History of Lake Country (presenter Laura Neame)
  3. Glorious and Free (presenter Alex Huntley)

2017 Lectures:

  1. History of Lake Country (presenter Shannon Jorgenson)
  2. Vernon Internment Camp, 1914-1920 (presenter Don McNair)
  3. Gibson Heritage House (presenter Rosemary Carter)

2016 Lectures:

  1. Pioneer families in Lake Country (presenter Laura Neame)
  2. History of the cemeteries in Lake Country (presenter Robert M. Hayes)
  3. History of Lake Country (presenter Shannon Jorgenson)

2015 Lectures:

  1. Flowing Values: the evolution of water governance (presenter Dr. John Janmaat)
  2. Snc∂wips: How our Collections tell of our History (presenter Jordan Coble).

2014 Lectures:

  1. The Bugle Sounds in 1914 (presenter Keith Boehmer)
  2. Lost in the Archives: Lake Country’s past through letters, diaries, and journals (presenter Laura Neame)

2013 Lectures:

  1. Digging up the Past. Archaeological sites — Pelmewash & others (presenter, Lake Country Mayor James Baker)
  2. The Re-excavation of The Tomb of Horemheb (presenter Dr. Geoffrey T. Martin)
  3. Remembering and Redress: the Japanese Canadian experience in Lake Country (presenter Dr. Audrey Kobayashi).

2012 Lectures:

  1. The Ghosts Around Us: Military Training in the Okanagan (presenter Howard Hisdal)
  2. Bugs & Us (presenter Dr. Ward Strong)
  3. Cowboys East & West. Ranch Hands on the BC and Alberta Frontier (presenter Ken Mather).

2011 Lectures:

  1. On Tour in Egypt (presenter Dan Bruce)
  2. Building the Kettle Valley Railway: Myra and its Men (presenters Dr. Maurice Williams and Dr. Richard Garvin)
  3. Return of the Kokanee (presenter Dr. Peter Dill)
  4. The Custom of the Country: the Hudson’s Bay Company in Indian Territory (presenter Dr. Duane Thomson).

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