South Similkameen Museum Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
The service which a Museum provides to a community lies in their role of preserving the past and lending a feeling of continuity to both pioneers and new residents. This particular Museum has worked hard to maintain and care for both the building and their collection, and they reach out to families, urging them to preserve their own personal history, to file it with the Museum in our Family History Section and to contribute this knowledge to those seeking to research the history of the area.
Our Story What We Do
Despite the size of their facility the Museum members and staff have crfeated an excellent record of the area.
With this new opportunity and new and enlarged premises we envision the addition of Work Shops, School Tours and Story Times, Art Exhibits, Lectures and Talks on valley history, expansion of our Sunday Afternoon Pioneer Teas, and a running video with pictures depicting the history of the Lower Similkameen.
Our Programs How We Do It
The Museum has been confined by size to holding activities within the actual building, but we have taken advantage of various localities within the community to host special events, most notably in the elegant pioneer home of the Gibson family, Riverside Lodge. Despite this the members and staff have created an excellent record of the area.
Staffed by Canada Summer Job Students during the summer months the Museum is open daily to valley residents and tourists, and by appointment at other times of the year. With larger facilities the members plan to open on a more generous time schedule, and to provide more educational and historical activities.
What You Can Do
What can YOU do to make your local Museum a vital part of the Community. Become a member! Immerse yourself in the history of the valley. Visit often. Support Museum activities. Contribute your own family history to enlarge the big, wonderful picture of this southern end of the Similkameen Valley.
The South Similkameen Museum Society have appreciated the generous support of the Village of Keremeos, both financially and with active interest. The R.D.O.S. have also contributed to our need for funds to maintain the Museum. We expect increased donations will assist in the expenses this move and expansion will entail, and look for further Grant Funding to assist us in meeting our expectations.