R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum
Discover this beautiful park set on 40 acres of pioneer Shuswap farm land, R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum is the Shuswap’s largest heritage attraction. Start your visit at the Haney House. Over the past few years the house has seen restorations reflecting the beauty of the 1910 Edwardian era. Guided tours of the house are available upon request for $5.00 per person. Stroll through the heritage gardens in the yard of the house and you cannot help but notice the variety of rose bushes and the heritage vegetable garden all tended to by the Village Gardener. The gardens were designed in 1993 by landscape architect Patricia Reith, and reflect the beauty of the house.
Vegetables and fruits grown in the gardens at the Village are served in Marjorie’s Tea Room. The tea room is open during Village operational hours and serves tea goodies, beverages, and a homemade daily lunch special featuring recipes from many of our local pioneers.
As you step back in time explore the Village, covering 12 acres of the park you can discover our pioneer history in the 13 original or replica buildings that tell stories of Salmon Arm. Start your tour in the Museum and pick up a self guided tour guide which will take you to the Queest Mountain Forestry Tower, Broadview School, Mt Ida Church, Salmon Arm’s first filling station, Fire Hall, Newnes Blacksmith Shop, Lester and Thomson Garage, and more. Not to be missed is Sam Beemish’s “Home Studio” with the largest public collection of cylinders and records in Western Canada.
A must see is the newly constructed Montebello Museum, the association’s Canada 150 project. The building is designed to look like multiple buildings that tell individual stories of the local history which include: Miss Puff’s Millinery and Dress Shop, McGuire General Store, Telephone Exchange Office, Pharmacy, Bank of Hamilton, Lingford Photo Studio, A.E. Palmer Butcher Shop, Barber Shop and Pool Hall, and the Salmon Arm Observer.
In the Museum’s gallery enjoy the exhibit “It's laundry day everyday - the Mah Yick Hand Laundry”
When Mah Yick moved his Chinese hand laundry from Salmon Arm's Chinatown to Hudson Street, he ruffled feathers on City Council but the move was strategic. Relocating his business put Mah closer to the three hotels than his competition. It was all about location, location, location.
Drawing on the Salmon Arm Museum’s teaching collection, carefully created reproduction artefacts, and cultural advisor Eugenie Mah, this exhibit illustrates the simple technology, hard work, and entrepreneurial spirit needed to compete in the laundry business in 1912.
Using the story-within- a-story technique, curatorial staff shares an account of Mah’s personal loss when his wife, Jean, died two months after the birth of their second child. Unable to care for his small children, Mah was convinced to send his daughters to the Methodist-run Oriental School in Victoria. In spite of the miles between them, the widower succeeded in keeping his family together.
See how repealing the Chinese Exclusion Act directly affected Mah and his family. A story of triumph, this exhibit concludes with the heartwarming chronicle of Laura Mah, a motherless infant, and her place in national history.
A new addition to the gallery is the “photographic” display “Mah’s Town, then and now”.
Early this spring, photography enthusiasts Wendy and Ian Clay re-shot a selection of landscapes by turn- of- the-century photographer Rex Lingford. Recognizing that earth has been reshaped, that buildings are taller now, and trees now grow where a landscape was barren, this black and white retrospective is a stunning comparison. See how much Mah Yick’s landscape has changed!
Also in the gallery view “The train stopped here”.
Imagine Salmon Arm covered in dense bush with streams and rivers plugged by beaver dams. 130 years ago this area was inhabited by a few fur traders, squatting settlers, and the Secwepemc, the first people.
When the last Canadian Pacific Railway spike was driven into the ground 45 miles east of this area in 1885, life in western Canada changed. A railway and a communication network spanned the nation. And when trans-continental service began in 1886, Salmon Arm became a stop on the CPR mainline.
Soon the rail service brought settlers and their effects to our community. Within a decade newcomers were exporting fruit, produce, and lumber. By 1914 they were exporting their sons to a war a world away.
This exhibit explores the key role the Canadian Pacific Railway played in Salmon Arm’s early development, its part in communication with the outside world, and how that all changed with the end of trans-continental passenger service.
While touring the Haney House you will discover “The Story of Ruth: the Water Colour Journals of Arthur Adair Brooke”, a beautiful selection of digitized images illustrating a father’s love for his daughter. Beginning in 1921, Brooke recorded the babe’s development in water colour paintings like modern parents snap digital images. Follow the story in Marjorie’s Tea Room and see Ruth growing up in “the Valley” at the Mt. Ida District.
Need to stretch your legs? Take a walk on our 2.34 km nature walking trails. The easy stroll takes the visitor through four climatic zones. With our field guide in hand, identify the plants used by the First Nations and pioneer families for food and medicine. If you like treasure hunting and have a GPS unit, try looking for hidden geocaches; it’s a great way to find new areas to explore.
Always popular, Dinner Theatre known for a great pioneer meal and entertaining play full of original musical scores and humorous tales tell the history of the area. Dinner theatre is a highlight of Salmon Arm’s summer entertainment and one you won’t want to miss. Shows are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during July and August. Reservations are a must! Book early and bring your family and friends.
The Village is located just minutes east of Salmon Arm, find R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum near the junction of Highway 97B and the Trans Canada Highway. The Village opens May 11th and closes Sept. 17th. Days and hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - July and August open 7 days a week. Admission is by donation.
Every month from May through October the Village hosts a community event fun for all ages. For more information or to book weddings, reunions, or Dinner Theatre reservations contact us by telephone at 250-832-5243, email firstname.lastname@example.org or like us at facebook.com/Haneyheritage.
Remember to check our updates throughout the year on our website and Facebook Page with program announcements, special events, hours of operation, links to the Curator’s Blog, the Heritage Update Newsletter and much more www.salmonarmmuseum.org
The Village is a great place to visit with friends and family! With a variety of sights to see and explore spend the whole day getting to know Salmon Arm’s history at the Village.