Heritage Week - R.J. Haney Heritage Village

Mon, 02/19/2018 to Sat, 02/24/2018

R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum and The Mall at Piccadilly have partnered to celebrate Heritage Week, from February 19-24, 2018.  The Heritage Week Celebration showcases our rich local heritage and you are invited to come and explore!

This year’s heritage week theme is “Heritage Stands the Test of Time” and is meant to encourage British Columbians to reflect.  Take a moment and step back in time, and remember the history of the Shuswap that is preserved through photos and so many treasures that have been passed through history.  Discover the people and their stories that shape our past and our future, and the traditions and memories that are passed from one generation to the next.  Discover our local culture through the essential and meaningful heritage buildings.  Our stories endure and we have so much to celebrate in the Shuswap! 

The 22nd Annual Heritage Week keepsake poster features an image from the Museum’s collection of the Bank of Hamilton.  The Bank of Hamilton has historical value as the first financial institution to open in Salmon Arm, establishing itself in 1906, at a time when the community was undergoing its first wave of economic prosperity.  Constructed in 1910 on a prominent downtown corner lot at Alexander and Hudson, the new building represented the importance of the first bank in the growing community.

If you want to visit the Bank of Hamilton today, a replica sits predominantly on Front Street at R.J. Haney Heritage Village.  Like the original building, its two-storey, wood-frame, rectangular structure gives the building a sense of importance and landmark status on the street corner, while the diagonal corner entrance opening directly onto the street creates a sense of community. 

You might recognize the original building in downtown Salmon Arm.  Over the years the main floor has been remodeled to accommodate a variety of offices and businesses.  In 1925 it became the home for the District Municipality and the Provincial Public Works Department and in 1932 alterations were completed to accommodate the new and controversial post office.  The premise was even home to the Caribou Meat Market in 1943.  The original vault was demolished with great difficulty in 1950.  This story stands the test of time! 

R.J. Haney Heritage Village takes the Heritage Week Celebration on the road to The Piccadilly Mall.  Starting on February 19, you can visit a variety of exhibitors who share with you stories of our Shuswap history.

Mark your calendar! On Thursday February 22, you can start bidding on items at the silent auction tables.  The silent auction is a major fund raiser for the Village & Museum and items have been generously donated by local businesses and individuals.  With the help of the Salmon Arm community, the silent auction has become one of the Village’s most successful fundraising events of the season.  There are over 100 items being auctioned and bidding closes Saturday at 3pm.

Saturday February 18 is “Family Fun Day”.  You will want to bring the whole family for all the activities.  Start your morning at Jane’s Place who are hosting a “$5.75 Breakfast Special” for the Village from 8:30am -10:30am.  Lori generously donates part of the breakfast proceeds back to the Village. 

“Calling All Pies” for the “19th Annual Best of the Shuswap Pie Baking Contest”.  Pies must be made the old fashioned way, from scratch and be apple, fruit or berry.  Pies are judged by appearance, authenticity, texture and taste.  Enter your homemade pie on Saturday, drop off is from 10:00 am-11:00am centre court at The Mall at Piccadilly.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will walk away with this year’s title, prize ribbon, a gift and dinner theatre tickets for two to the summer production of “Villain and Vittles”.  For official pie contest rules call the Village at 250-832-5243 or email info@salmonarmmuseum.org.  This popular pie contest promises to be lip-smacking tasty and everyone is welcome to participate!  After the judging and awards, slices of the pies may be purchased for $2.50 each.

Bring your cheque book. Starting at 12:00 pm, everyone is welcome to bid on pies specially baked and donated by winners of pie contestants from past years and celebrity baked pies, in the “Best of the Shuswap Pie Auction”.  Pies will be auctioned to the highest bidder.  The pie auction is exciting for visitors to watch, so come and cheer on the bidders! 

There is something for everyone at “Family Fun Day”.  Enjoy the craft table, panning for real Haney gold, discover the exhibit designed especially for Heritage Week by the Museum’s Curator, see pioneer displays, demonstrations, an antique appraiser will be on site and so much more. 

Join us at The Mall at Piccadilly and celebrate “Heritage Stands the Test of Time” at the 22nd Annual Heritage Week celebration!

R.J. Haney Heritage Village, the Museum and Archives, located at 751-Highway 97B, is a very beautiful place that offers a unique and authentic experience for visitors to come and explore our rich Heritage.  The 40-acre site is comprised of 18 buildings that are either replicas or originals, including the original 1910 Haney House, that tell the stories of Salmon Arm’s history.

In 2017, the Village celebrated the grand opening of the Montebello Museum, the associations Canada 150 Project.  The Montebello Museum is over 12,000 square feet.  There are nine store fronts that complete the stories told at the Village such as Miss Puff’s Millinery and the McGuire General Store.  It will be the new home for the Ernie Does Archives Room and the Museum’s collection.  Come discover the stories of the Shuswap!  

On your next visit, explore the museum and learn the enduring stories of: Mah Yick Laundry; The Train Stopped Here; The Secwepemc - First Nations; and The Peterson Brothers Ltd. - Salmon Arm Orcharding Family and No Irrigation Required – Salmon Arm’s Apple Industry. 

A must see is our very popular Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre Production.  Enjoy a home cooked meal, and live theatre every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening in July and August.  Reservations are a must and seating is limited.  You don’t want to miss this highlight of Salmon Arm’s summer entertainment!

Throughout the season visitors also experience the many special events hosted by the Village with our community partners, including High Tea, Father’s Day, Pioneer Day, the Classic Antique Car Show, Harvest Celebration and more.  A visit to the Village from May – September is well worth the trip!

If you are looking for a quaint and unique lunch experience, be sure to visit the Villages own Marjorie’s Tea Room.  Located in the basement of the Broadview School House and open Wednesday to Sunday, Chef David Colombe will be serving up a home cooked $8.99 daily lunch special and baked goodies.

R.J. Haney Heritage Village is a not-for-profit charitable organization that takes care of the history of Salmon Arm and the surrounding community, with pride.  The donations and the proceeds from Heritage Week support the extraordinary projects and educational programs at the Heritage Village & Museum.  For more information on events or if you would like to become as volunteer or donor, contact R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum by phone 250-832-5243 or check out our website www.salmonarmmuseum.org.