The Kelowna Museums Collection Connection – We Have a New Exhibit!

There is a new exhibition at the Okanagan Heritage Museum that highlights what an Archives is. Did you know that the Kelowna Museums has two very different Archives and Reference Libraries?

Our Archives act as the community’s and region’s memory by collecting, cataloguing, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting archival material of social and historical significance.  As a general rule the majority of documents are primary sources, making them unique, as they are mostly unpublished papers and photographs that have been accumulated by individuals or organizations over a period of time.

Prepping the Space for the New Archives Exhibit

The Kelowna Public Archives, located on the first floor of the Okanagan Heritage Museum, is an important community resource. Historians, students, personal and academic researchers, special interest groups, media and professional personnel all use the Archives to access information on Kelowna and the surrounding area, people who live here and our associated industries such as the Orchard and Wine Industry.

Prepping the Exhibition Case

The Vince Bezeau Military Library and Archives, located on the second floor of the Okanagan Military Museum, focuses on those who were born here, those who live(d) here and those who fought in the battalions and regiments of the Okanagan. Items are collected in order to preserve this rich history and to teach the next generations about the vital role the Okanagan Military plays in Canadian sovereignty. The associated Reference Library compliments the Archives and is specialized as this collection focuses on books relating to the Canadian Military, those published by Canadian authors or published by Canadian companies.

We would like to encourage you to come to the Okanagan Heritage Museum to visit our newest exhibition and make an appointment with one of our Archivists if you are interested in seeing what the Kelowna Public Archives or the Vince Bezeau Military Library and Archives has to offer.

Be sure to stop by the Okanagan Heritage Museum often, as the Archives exhibition will be changing every few months to highlight the breadth of materials and stories that these important community resources hold within their walls.

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