Another season of Brown Bag Lectures begins

Popular lunchtime presentations begin again Tuesday with Tom Beardsley of the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers

The Penticton Museum is hosting another season of Brown Bag Lectures beginning Tuesday Jan. 21,  from noon to 1 p.m.

The Brown Bag Lunches are the perfect opportunity to put a little spice into lunchtime with some great brain food.

The series of noon-time presentations provide an opportunity for learning with discussions on a variety of heritage and culture topics.

The Brown Bag lecture series will run until April 29.

Presentations are in the museum auditorium at 785 Main St and include coffee, tea and confections. Admission is by donation. For information on upcoming speakers visit

The first speaker of the season is Tom Beardsley with a presentation entitled Homefront: The Pacific Coast Militia Rangers.

Beardsley, a local historian, presents a fascinating look at Company 71 of the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers.

The PCMR was created in 1942 by the Canadian government in order to bolster western defences in case of a Japanese attack during the Second World War.

By 1943, there were a total of 126 different companies within B.C., with Company 71 representing the South Okanagan.

Former Penticton Museum curators R.N. Atkinson and Joe Harris were members of the PCMR, both of whom donated artifacts that are presently on display in the military gallery of the museum.

If you require any further information or have questions about the lecture series, please contact the Penticton Museum at (250) 490-2454, or email the museum manager and curator, Peter Ord at


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