Archives Getting Greener

With the help of some solar panels and a new furnace and air conditioner, the Archives is saving energy and preserving its documents and resources for the future.

Family Day Celebration Coming This Friday

A one-day event featuring a free, all-ages workshop on recording family oral histories, kids crafts and colouring, activities, and snacks! Come use our Selfie Station to take family photos, mark your family’s origins on our world map, and celebrate your family!

We're Hiring!

We're Hiring!

We're hiring our 2018 summer Heritage Assistants! Apply today. 

Holiday Closures

The Oliver & District Heritage Society will be closed for the holidays from Monday, Dec. 18th to Wednesday, Jan. 3rd.

We look forward to welcoming you back in January 2018, when there will be plenty of new things to discover. Our Heritage Garden is well on its way and our new Deep Roots exhibit will be taking shape inside the Museum. Feel free to stop by and see the changes taking place, and check our Facebook page for updates.

We wish you a safe, peaceful, and beautiful holiday season

Archives Backlog Completed!

Archives Backlog Completed!

Several decades worth of materials donated to the archives are now available in the public collection! This backlog and the rest of the collection are now secured and 'future-proofed' through proper storage and housing, and ongoing digital preservation. The collection is now easier to navigate and more accessible!

Exciting Opportunity for Photographers!

Exciting Opportunity for Photographers!

Oliver & District Heritage Society is currently seeking photographs to use for our new exhibit "Deep Roots", a permanent display all about Oliver and the surrounding regional district. We are hoping to use local photographs as much as possible - see list for details! Terms and conditions outlined within. 

Archives Backlog Project

Archives Backlog Project

The Archives

The first thing to know is that the Archives can be thought of in four distinctive sections: the Research Room, office/work Spaces, and Collection Quarantine, and the "Vault". 

You are probably most familiar with the Research Room - this is the place where researchers come and browse our Family History Files, Subject Files, and our extensive Research Library of local materials. It's the public 'front' of the Archives. Then there's workspaces of course, where staff, volunteers, and the public have desks, large tables and counter space to work on. There's also the quarantine area, where we freeze and clean incoming items before they are added to the collection. 

You may not, however, have ever seen the back room of the Archives where we house all of the unpublished items in the archives collection: one-of-a-kind photographs, maps, diagrams, diaries, personal collections of documents, and so much more. We call it "The Vault". It's a pretty amazing place. You can access items in the vault on request if you're doing research. The Vault is also where we house the backlog of donated items that are awaiting processing as they are added to the collection. 

The Backlog

Like all archives, we have a backlog of donated materials that hasn't been added to our collection. We work on the backlog whenever we can, but all of the paperwork, adding items to our database, applying conservation methods, and properly housing the materials takes a lot of time. With limited staff and resources, it really adds up. Here's what our backlog looked like in the spring of 2016: 

The "Before" project photos: 

Oliver and District Heritage Society Receives Grant (August 2016)

We are pleased to announce that we received a grant from Library and Archives Canada to hire two archivists to deal with our backlog of donated archival materials. Since that time, they've been busy, busy, busy getting the Vault and the backlog into good order. 


It's been 5 months since the project started, see what we've been up to!

Solid work!

We've still got a ways to go, but we'll continue to post updates of our progress. Thanks for following!

Oliver's Deep Roots

Oliver's Deep Roots

We are very excited to announce that the BC Museums Association has awarded us $78,000 of Canada 150 funding to build our new permanent exhibit with the working title "Deep Roots".

AGM News Update

AGM News Update

When: April 26th at 7:00pm

Where: Quail's Nest Arts Center (5840 Airport Road), Oliver BC

Guest Speaker: Author Joe Smuin ; a photographic history of Kettle Valley Railway spur to the South Okanagan.