Penticton Museum launches exhibit You are Here: An exploration of lives, memories and archives

Ever wondered how you may be connected to one of Canada's most famous rodeo stars, or to one of Penticton's oldest established families, or even a navvie who worked on the Kettle Valley Railway? The Penticton Museum & Archives' newest exhibit may just provide the answer.

In recognition of the Penticton's Museum & Archives becoming a full institutional member of the Archives Association of B.C., the museum is proud to invite the public to the opening of its latest exhibit “You Are Here: An exploration of lives, memories and archives” on Feb. 15 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This unique exhibit explores the variety and value of the museum's archival collection through the history of five Penticton families who have made the area around Penticton their home for over nine decades.

The exhibit also provides an engaging public exercise in discovering how people's lives are inter-connected and related.

In tandem with the exhibit opening, the museum is launching the Local Lore Project. This is living, breathing history – with a modern twist. Local Lore puts the archival process into the hands of the community to record their world, past and present to benefit future generations. This archival treasure hunt seeks to develop the collective knowledge about Penticton's people, places, nature and things – who we were, what we did and how we did it.

This is more than just dusting off old artifacts or digging out an heirloom from the back of the closet; Local Lore depends on capturing the memories of people and places. Residents and groups will be encouraged to interview individuals in the community whose stories need to be part of the oral history of Penticton, building upon generational legacies. We want your lore!

The museum invites the public to find out more the “You are Here” exhibit and the Local Lore project on:

  • Date: Friday, Feb. 15
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Place: Penticton Museum & Archives – 785 Main St (opposite the library)
  • Appetizers, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be on offer.
  • Admission by donation
For information or questions about the lecture series, contact the Penticton Museum at 250-490-2454 or email or visit