Penticton history on display

Residents are being invited to step back in time at a historical exhibit on display at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre this week (Feb 15-21).

The Penticton branch of the Okanagan Historical Society is hosting the display in conjunction with Heritage Week 2016.

“What people will find here is an assortment of items relating to our local history and lots of people willing to talk to them about that history,” said Karen Collins, branch president.

The theme for Heritage Week 2016 in BC is: Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places.

At Cherry Lane, visitors will find historical photos of old buildings on Main Street and Front Street that are still standing in the city today.

The images include the Elite Restaurant, the Capitol Theatre and flood waters rising in front of the Empress Theatre.

Artifacts on display, range from old household and automotive related items to tools.

At the “what is it” display, people have to determine what different artifacts are and what they were once used for.

“It shows everybody where today’s stuff has originated from and that nothing is really a new invention,” said Herb Allen, a member of the society.

Penticton historian Randy Manuel and a representative from the Penticton Museum and Archives are on hand to talk to people.

The museum display features three heritage programs that visit classrooms for free.

The event celebrating Heritage Week continues until Feb. 21.

It is open to the public during mall hours.

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