Oliver and District Heritage Society

The ODHS exists to preserve and present the heritage, culture, built heritage and natural heritage of the Town of Oliver and Rural Area C. We operate a Museum and an Archives in the picturesque and historic community of Oliver, B.C., the Wine Capital of Canada!

Aerial photograph of Oliver British Columbia.Our Impact Why We Exist

Incorporated in August 1980, the Oliver and District Heritage Society operates both the Oliver Museum and the Oliver Archives. The facilities are open year-round and provide many services to the community and its visitors.

The collection, totalling over 35,000 objects, embraces the Town of Oliver and RDOS Area C, but we have relationships and material that also encompass Fairview, Camp McKinney, Okanagan Falls, and Osoyoos.

We are proud to count the Fairview Jail as part of our collection. This unique building was the last building removed from the Fairview town site and had been used as a horse barn until it was rescued by the Society. It now houses exhibits that highlight the history of Fairview and the local mining industry.

The Oliver Museum, 2015.Our Story What We Do

The Oliver Museum, opened in 1981, is housed in the formally designated former B.C. Provincial Police building. Originally it held the entire collection; however, when the Oliver Archives was opened in October 1997 the archive collection was transferred there. The Archives is in the former Oliver Ambulance building, a stone’s throw away from the Museum. The Fairview Jail building was moved to the Museum site in 1981 and restored to be used as exhibition space.

Staff and volunteers work to protect the invaluable collections housed in both buildings as well as provide a number of other services including Built Heritage Consultation Services, Heritage Consultation Services, Research and Genealogy Services and promoting built heritage preservation with individuals and the local government (i.e. CPR Station, Fairview Jail).

Holiday crafts at the Xmas Light UpOur Programs How We Do It

We inform and educate citizens and visitors through a variety of education and public programming including: regular and travelling exhibits at the Museum and Archives, curriculum-based education programs, reproduction services, oral history projects and communication via our social media feeds. We also provide various public programs such as speakers series, historical walking tours and self-guided tours.

We stay connected with the community by encouraging volunteerism within the Society in a variety of ways including collections assistance, board membership and event execution. We also partner with various local organizations including the Oliver Tourism Association, the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, the Oliver Tourism Center, the local media and South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services.

Finally, we provide our membership regular updates and the Lamplighter Newsletter to keep them up-to-date with the Society and our activities.

We accept monetary and artifact donations.What You Can Do

Some options: Artifact Donation/Planning Giving/Financial Contribution

Artifact Donation to the Collection

If you would like to donate an artifact to the Society please contact staff or bring the item(s) to either the Museum or Archives.

Planned Giving

The Society welcomes and appreciates all planned gifts. These are significant gifts of money and/or artifacts that you intend to give to the Society upon your passing. Planned giving benefits both the giver and the receiver. The two most popular ways to make a planned gift are through a bequest in your will and/or a gift of life insurance. To maximize the benefits for everyone, the gift should be carefully arranged with the help of both the Society and your financial, legal or tax advisor. This way you can determine what best suits your lifestyle, make the best use of your assets, and maximize your tax savings.

Financial Contributions

Financial contributions to the operation and programs of the ODHS are very welcome. It is through generous donations by foundations, corporations, businesses and individuals that the Society is able to continue its work. Feel free to contact us regarding potential donations at any time.