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Downtown Heritage Walking Tours Offered All Summer

Downtown Heritage Walking Tours Offered All Summer

The Oliver & District Heritage Society is once again offering its popular Downtown Heritage Walking Tours this summer from June 14th to August 30th. The guided tours, which will run every Friday at 10:30 am in June and Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 am for the rest of the summer, will cover the history of Oliver’s historic buildings and landmarks, from the CPR Station to portions of the Ditch. Tours will be led by the ODHS’ knowledgeable summer student guides and will take approximately 45 minutes.

All tours start from the Oliver Visitor Centre and finish at the Museum at 474 School Avenue. Participants are asked to bring appropriate footwear and dress for the weather, as tours run rain or shine. Each tour covers approximately 1.5 km. Sunscreen and water are encouraged.

Here’s your chance to learn about Oliver’s historic downtown and become a local architecture buff. Learn about places like the Oliver Theatre, Dr. Ball’s Office, the BC Police Building, and more! Come down to the Oliver Museum for more information, or you can visit our website at www.oliverheritage.ca. We hope to see you there!

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. 

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. 

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".

Museum Gets a New Roof!

Museum Gets a New Roof!

A Brief History

The BC Provincial Police Station in Oliver was built in 1924 as Oliver emerged as a budding    municipality due to the "Ditch Project" under Premier John Oliver. It was built in the dutch-colonial style with cedar shake siding and roof. 

The Museum in the summer of 2016. The cedar shake roof is showing troubling signs of lifting, splitting, and rot. 

The Museum in the summer of 2016. The cedar shake roof is showing troubling signs of lifting, splitting, and rot. 

The "Oliver Lockup" as it was known at the time, was home to the BC Provincial Police officers and their families, with the station and prison cells on the ground floor and living quarters on the second floor. In 1951 it was used by the RCMP, who occupied the building until 1966 when it became a long term accommodation rental under the BC Building Corporation. 

In 1980, the Province of BC gifted the building to the Town of Oliver to house a Museum. That same year, the building achieved heritage designation status and was protected under bylaw no. 376 and included as part of the Regional District register of heritage buildings. 

Since that time, the building has housed the Oliver and District Heritage Society. The first floor of the Museum is exhibit space, while the second floor houses the permanent collection and offices. 

Identifying Priorities

The Museum was well-maintained throughout its lifetime, but the aging roof started to become a concern in 2014 when the cedar shakes were showing signs of significant wear and damage. At nearly 35 years old, the roof was deemed a priority for replacement. 

A generous donation from the late Carolyn Cope provided the bulk of the costs associated with the roof restoration itself, and the remainder of the funding was obtained through a grant from Heritage BC. The Society provided staff and volunteer efforts, plus additional revenue from its operating budget to cover expenses associated with securing the collection during the project. 

Raising the Roof

Work on the roof commenced on October 11, 2016. 

Beginning at the rear of the building, old shingles were removed and tossed in a waste disposal bin donated by EZ bins, who wanted to contribute to the project. The new shakes went up quite slowly, as weather permitted. October turned out to be a rainy month and work was conducted sporadically when the sun shone. 

While the sheathing was exposed, we took the opportunity to have fiberglass insulation blown in. This work was partially completed several yeas ago, but due to the compartmentalized construction of the attic, it was not completed because some areas were inaccessible. We lifted parts of the sheathing which allowed us access to those areas previously inaccessible, and completed the insulation process. 

Thanks to Heritage BC and the generosity of the community, we completed the project in time for the first snowfall and are now enjoying a safer, better-insulated Museum.