Don Wright at the wheel in the lower deck of the SS Sicamous near the large boiler which provided the power for the vessel. The vessel is just one of the historic gems in Penticton. The Penticton branch of the Okanagan Historical Society is having a special presentation at its regular meeting Sunday.

Digging into history

The Penticton Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society is having a special presentation at their Jan.29 regular meeting.

With the approach of Heritage Week next month the Penticton Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society is having a special presentation at their Jan.29 regular meeting.

In her presentation of Revival of Chautauqua, society Penticton branch and board member of the parent body, president Karen Collins will be speaking about Chautauqua Canada and, in particular, Eva Sheere Cleland who came to Canada as the Chautauqua Girl Chautauqua had its origins at Lake Chautauqua, N.Y. and was a travelling institution bringing noted lecturers, musicians and live theatre to small towns, usually staying four to six days and staging the events in large tents.

In 1917 American-born John Erickson and Nola Critz brought the first Chautauqua to Canada a circuit they continued to manage from the Calgary headquarters until 1935 when the final show was held.

Heritage Week is Feb. 13 to 19, making this another opportunity to learn even more about Penticton’s history, according to organizers.

Sunday’s meeting is from 1 to 3 p.m. in room 108 at the Shatford Centre.

Penticton has a long and important history ranging from the arts, steam transportation rail and marine, sports and much more and everyone is welcome to participate.



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