If you have a few more items to purchase for Christmas gift-giving you may want to consider Okanagan History. The 80th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society. This publication, which includes sections on Natural History, First Nations, Featured Artists, People and Events, and Lives Remembered, is always a wonderful compilation of historical gems.
In this year’s publication the article on Okanagan Centre artist John Revill (“John Revill – Okanagan Artist”1) is of particular interest. Revill was featured in the Lake Country Museum & Archives’ 2014 project Oral Histories of Lake Country’s Artists.
One of the other offerings of particular interest was the article by Annabella Feeny, “The Women’s Suffrage Movement in the Okanagan Valley.”2 Feeny was the 2016 winner of the Student Essay Contest sponsored by the Okanagan Historical Society (OHS).
The OHS Report is available for purchase from Museum director Bob Hayes who can be reached by phone at (250) 763-8859 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Another gift for local history buffs is Margaret Carruthers’ book Paved with Good Intentions. The Roads of Lake Country.3 This book was featured earlier this year on this blog and can be purchased at the Lake Country Museum & Archives.
Of course, if you want to leave a legacy with your Christmas giving remember that you can “buy a metre” of the Okanagan Rail Trail for all of those you love, and you will be giving an “all season’s pass” to recreation for all time.
1 Sharron J. Simpson in collaboration with John Revill. “John Revill – Okanagan Artist.” In Okanagan History. 80th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society. Kelowna, BC: Okanagan Historical Society, 2016, pp. 71-77.
2 Annabella Feeny. “The Women’s Suffrage Movement in the Okanagan Valley.” In Okanagan History. 80th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society. Kelowna, BC: Okanagan Historical Society, 2016, pp. 113-120.
3 Georgina M. Carruthers. Paved with Good Intentions. The Roads of Lake Country. Lake Country, BC: Printed by UBR Services.