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Learn about our ranching heritage

The Lake Country Museum has announced its latest public lecture in which local ranching will come under the spotlight.

Called Cowboys East and West; Ranch Hands on the B.C. and Alberta Ranching Frontiers, the lecture will be given by Ken Mather, the curator of the O’Keefe Ranch.

Mather has been involved in heritage site research, planning, administration and collections management for the past 38 years. He started as an historical researcher at Fort Edmonton Park and later spent three years doing independent research and interpretive planning in Alberta.

In 1979 he went to Barkerville Historic Park as the interpretation and education coordinator and later was curator for two years. He accepted the position of manager/curator at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch in 1984 and remained there, living on the site, until 2004. During that time, he did a number of independent research projects and served on the BC Museums Association board for 10 years.

In the spring of 2010, Mather took a position as the general manager of the historic Hat Creek Ranch near Cache Creek but his love for the Okanagan brought him back to O’Keefe Ranch in 2011.

Mather has written a number of articles and research reports for different magazines and websites. His first full-length book, Buckaroos and Mud Pups—The Early Days of Ranching in British Columbia, was published in 2006. His second book, Bronc Busters and Hay Sloops—Ranching in the West in the early 20th Century came out in May of 2010. His third book Cowboys and the Great Divide—Early BC and Alberta Ranching, is due out in April 2013.

Mather’s lecture will take place Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Creekside Theatre. Admission is by donation. For more information, please contact the Lake Country Museum at 250-766-0111 or visit www.lakecountrymuseum.com.

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