The South Similkameen Museum Society had a busy year and finished it off by celebrating with a Christmas party at the Gibson House. Many people helped out to reward these hard working volunteers to have an evening of fun, prizes and lots to eat and drink. A few of the employees from the Valley First Credit Union baked cookies while Brian Wilson from Old Photos.ca donated a beautiful framed photo from the 1920’s. Shannon Forner from Valu Plus and My Town Realty both donated large gift baskets to add to the door prizes. A few volunteers handled the kitchen duties and kept everything under perfect control while members strolled through the various rooms of Gibson House looking for clues to the “name the song” quiz. The Kupiaks had a very lucky evening with Dennis winning the framed photo and Pat winning the song quiz. Everyone had a good time and it helped them to feel that all their hard work is appreciated.
But, now we are back into the work day again and the first meeting of the year was held on Thursday, January 5 with a vote to award Laurena Weninger of “Write That Down Freelancing” the contract to create a new web site for the museum. A new web site will help attract tourists, give them useful information to where we are located, our phone number and our hours of operation. It will also be used by people doing research for school projects as well as for families tracing their genealogy. In time we hope to have a place where you can renew your membership, donate to the museum, or even leave a legacy on-line.
February 20 through 25 is Heritage Week in B.C. and we are planning to have a few exhibits around town. Also in the plans will be more social afternoons. These afternoons are set aside, with no charge, for people of the area to drop-in, bring photos and share memories of the olden days. What a great chance to catch up with some of the people you have known over the years but don’t see any more. For the new people in town, this is a great opportunity to come out, meet new people and hear some fantastic stories of times past.
By Judy Chisholm
S O Museum Society