Summerland Museum & Archives Society

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History of the Museum Society

Summerland has been fortunate to have a Museum in its midst since the late 1960’s. An informal organization began regular meetings and the acquisition of artifacts with the hope that the town’s Canadian Centennial project might include a library and museum complex. The powers that be opted for the Giant’s Head Park project, but the Museum gang held on to their dream, incorporated as a society and waited for the announcement from the town’s BC Centennial Committee in 1971. This project called for additions to the existing arena, one being an ice viewing room and the second, a small cement block room on the corner of the building to be used as a museum. Unfortunately the arena was condemned a few years later, but the Museum portion was left standing.

This building soon proved totally inadequate so in 1976 the empty KVR Station on South Victoria was made available for use as a museum. After a few years the Society looked into the possibility of having it moved closer to town because its location proved very inconvenient for visitors. The planned move and subsequent restoration proved too expensive an option, so a decision was made to plan a new building. With a grant from the Federal Government and the site and general contractor duties provided by the Municipality, the present facility was officially opened in 1984.

Our Mission Statement

The museum shall preserve and promote Summerland’s history. This is accomplished through the collection, documentation, preservation, interpretation, research, display, collaboration and service to the public.

The purpose of the Archives, as a part of the Summerland Museum, is to identify, acquire and preserve material of archival and/or informational value to the District of Summerland, and the community as a whole, and to make such records available to the public.

The Summerland Museum Board will make its collections available to the public of all ages, interests and abilities, through the use of exhibits, educational programs, public programs, publications, special events, outreach exhibits, lectures and speakers (as long as such avenues do not endanger the objects in the collection).

Summerland's Museum is committed to creating a strong and proud community by celebrating our shared heritage and helping to satisfy the intellectual needs of the community.

Our Core Values

  1. Respect and Inclusiveness
  2. Leadership and Excellence
  3. Enthusiasm
  4. Scholarship and Leadership
  5. Commitment and Responsibility
  6. Accessibility and Responsiveness
  7. Knowledge and Service