Peachland Historical Society
In 1980, a dedicated group of Peachland locals got together and formed a volunteer organization called the Peachland Historical Society. Its early activities included restoring the 1910 8-sided Baptist Church building and putting it to use as the Peachland Museum and interviewing long-standing member of the Peachland Community, many with memories reaching back to the earliest days of Peachland. Three years later, the result of these interviews was the production of a two-volume set of books called Peachland Memories.
Peachland Memories are now out of print but remain the authority on early life in Peachland. The Peachland Historical Society received funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation in fall 2016 to reprint and republish the first 210 pages of these books, focusing on the early history of Peachland.
With the funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation, the Peachland Historical Society was able to reprint this important historical record for Peachland and retitled it The Chronicles of Peachland: History of the Years from the Beginning until 1983. There is a second volume of The Chronicles of Peachland that was published in 2013 and covers the years from 1984 to the present.
“The funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation was crucial in allowing this project to move forward. Produced in the pre-computer era, there was no electronic copy of the original Peachland Memories, and so specialized scanning techniques on a good hard copy of the book were needed to develop a digital image from which new books could be produced. This skilful work was accomplished by Peter Weeks at Kettle Valley Graphics (Kelowna). The new books, now fully indexed, were produced in February 2017 and, in the six months since, almost 20% of the print run have already found their way into the eager hands of Peachland history buffs. Thanks to the funding from the Central Okanagan Foundation, Peachland’s early history is once again accessible to new residents of Peachland and others who may have an interest in this local history. The Chronicles of Peachland: History of the Years from the Beginning until 1983 is available at the Peachland Museum,” says Don Wigfield, Heritage Project Coordinator with the Peachland Historical Society.
To learn more about the Peachland Historical Society, visit: http://peachlandhistory.ca/