Featuring a unique, 15 meter (50 foot) mural by Summerland local artist Bruce Crawford, our permanent exhibits explore the early history of development and settlement of the Summerland District. Rotating yearly, our temporary displays in the Tait Room look into historical issues and events important to the Summerland area within a regional, national, and international perspective.
From pre-contact through the early development of Summerland, learn about early fruit farming ventures, the impact of the Kettle Valley Railway, and much more. Upstairs, watch a scale model of the Kettle Valley Railway chug through Summerland.
TEMPORARY (until spring 2020)
Mary Spencer: A New Woman explores the life and accomplishments of pioneer photographer Mary Spencer (1857-1938). She was a famous Canadian pioneer photographer best known for photographing Bill Miner, one of Canada’s most notorious train robbers. Despite misrepresentations of her in plays, songs, and on film, the real Mary Spencer was a determined woman ahead of her time that excelled as a photographer and entrepreneur through discipline, devotion, and artistic skill. She was also influenced by the early feminist movement called “The New Woman.” She confidently joined the male-dominated professions, financially supported her family, and was passionate about social issues.