Hedley Heritage Museum Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
To preserve the unique heritage of the Hedley area by maintaining a local museum and archives,including collecting, preserving and displaying local buildings, artifacts, photographs and data relating to the history of Hedley, its mines and its people.
To educate the public about Hedley's heritage and the need to preserve it.
To organize or participate in certain community events or activities which have a heritage, educational or social value to residents of the Hedley community.
Our Story What We Do
The Hedley Museum documents its local history as a gold mining town. The main gallery building houses displays of the Nickel Plate and Mascot Mines, movies filmed in Hedley, WWI Hedley soldiers, the town and its residents. There is also a tea room and gift shop, and media room where there are many photo albums and a 15 minute Hedley history video. Also on theproperty are, a 1904 cottage, a 1925 log barn and Heritage Park across the street where we have large mining artifacts on display. Both the Museum and the park grounds have picnic tables for enjoyment. The Hedley Museum Archives houses historic documents, maps, blueprints, photos, newspapers and genealogy. We maintain a large database of search-able historical images and names.
Our Programs How We Do It
The Hedley Museum and Tea Room is open to the public May through Thanksgiving. The Hedley Museum archives isavailable for research from the public year round. We have an online photographic exhibit entitled, “Tenacity, the Story of Hedley Then and Today.” In May, we celebrate Stamp Mill Day, Hedley's history day. On Canada Day we celebrate the national birthday with free cake, special events, lunch and live music. The Museum and Hedley Seniors' Centre co-committee a Hedley cenotaph restoration project of which monument will be getting a facelift in June 2017. In August 2017 the Hedley Museum will host a Cenotaph Rededication weekend to recognize the recent renovations and the addition of two soldiers' names from the First World War. The Hedley Museum is operated entirely by volunteers except for a summer student employee and a tea room host.
What You Can Do
Become a member of the Hedley Heritage Museum Society. Single Annual membership $10, Family Annual membership $15, Single Lifetime membership $35, Family Lifetime membership $55. Financial donations are always welcome as the HedleyMuseum operates entirely on private donations, some grant funding and the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen. We accept general funds donations and cenotaph restoration fund donations. We are always looking for volunteers and can place people to tasks for which they feel best suited.