Making sure more people are aware of Penticton’s heritage has become a priority for those who work at the local museum, as evident by a plan that would see some of the city’s historic properties get formal recognition by this summer.
The ongoing two-phase “Made Right Here” heritage project is progressing quickly, with city-wide plaque installation among the next steps.
Plans to place heritage plaques on 40 of Penticton’s oldest and most iconic properties could cost up to $8,100, according to a letter submitted from the museum to the city.
The museum recently received a $2,000 grant from B.C. Heritage, making the total cost for the city $6,100.
Plaques will feature a classic design and unique colour scheme, said museum curator Dennis Oomen.
The curator wrote a letter to the city’s Heritage and Museum Advisory Committee, who will meet on Wednesday, June 7 to seek project approval from council.
“The information on the plaque will give a brief history of the property and a description of its unique architectural and aesthetic properties,” it reads. “An estimate of 40 plaques seems reasonable given the total number of heritage properties in the register (55).”
The first phase of the plan launched in October 2021 and included the presentation of a new heritage exhibit at the museum on 785 Main Street.
A city-wide discussion regarding the project will happen at a special advisory committee meeting on Wednesday, where those on the board will have an opportunity to pass along the project’s second phase to council for approval.
All of the Penticton’s historic properties will be offered a plaque, including its select churches, businesses and private homes.
“Not all of the heritage properties will accept or need a plaque but we anticipate a positive response from most property owners,” the letter added.