Historic village opens May 15

R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum, located at 751 Highway 97 B Salmon Arm, opens for the season Wednesday May 15

  • May. 8, 2013 8:00 p.m.

R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum, located at 751 Highway 97 B Salmon Arm, opens for the season Wednesday May 15.

Join the celebration with the staff on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 and enjoy our famous pioneer pancake breakfast 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Marjorie’s Tea Room for $6.

Staff and volunteers have been busy polishing the exhibits and preparing the beautiful gardens. The village, museum and Marjorie’s Tea Room are open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in July and August are open seven days a week.

General admission is by donation.

Marjorie’s Tea Room offers a daily $7.99 lunch special.

Discover this beautiful park set on 40 acres of pioneer Shuswap farmland. R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum is the Shuswap’s largest heritage attraction. Take a guided tour through Haney House, a 103-year-old farm house restored to a more genteel time.

Explore the Heritage Village of relocated and replicated buildings. View the Queest Mountain Forestry Tower, Broadview School, Mt Ida Church, Salmon Arm’s first filling station, Fire Hall, Newnes Blacksmith Shop, Lester and Thomson Garage, and more. Not to be missed is Sam Beemish’s “Home Studio” with the largest public collection of cylinders and records in Western Canada.

This season the Museum has a new exhibit in the newly renovated gallery. In 2013 the fire that swept Mt. Ida is but a 15-year-old memory. But back then, when the army moved in and the people left, Salmon Arm became a ghost town.

Working in partnership with the Salmon Arm Observer, the Salmon Arm Museum’s exhibit chronicles the catastrophic event. The 1998 images by award-winning photographer James Murray have been reshot. The community has survived and it is time to celebrate.

Take a walk on our 2.34 km nature walking trails. The easy stroll takes you through four climatic zones. With our field guide in hand, identify the plants used by the First Nations and pioneer families for food and medicine. If you like treasure hunting and have a GPS unit, try looking for hidden geocaches; it’s a great way to find new areas to explore.

Dinner theatre begins July 3 with shows during July and August, with a special matinee on Thursday, August 22.

Contact R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum by telephone at 250-832-5243, email  info@salmonarmmuseum.org or like us at facebook.com/Haneyheritage. See our website for more info and 2013 event listings.