Seniors’ Column

This week’s column concludes displays outlining various aspects of Village life over the past century at the Nakusp and District Museum.


On your left you will see a collection of objects along with stories related by locals who volunteered during the First and Second World Wars. Notice the intricate cane which was carved by a German POW who had been interred at Edgewood, in 1915.



Note the alcove located near the military exhibit, featuring artifacts and stories about theatre, music and cinema presented to audiences during the early years in Nakusp.



This exhibit features detailed, scale models of the S.S. Minto and the S.S. Bonnington, created by Mel LaRue. Steamships were, for a lengthy perod of time, the only way either in or out of the area and thus became the lifeline of the community.



Sewing machines, items of clothing and other articles were offered for sale through Mr. Rushton’s hardware store. This display gives examples of goods which might have been available during the pioneer era.



Located behind the hardware store display there is featured a diorama of a pack train along with various mining implements. In addition is the figure of Alice Jowett, a widow who had travelled all the way from England to Canada. A well known and respected business woman, she purchased the Windsor Hotel located in Trout Lake, staked mining claims and was known to be a successful trapper.



Next to the hardware room, farming implements used by local pioneers are featured. Included are seeders made by locals, mounted on the left wall. Once home to orchards and other types of agricultural products, competition from the Okanagan and loss of land owing to the flood has all but eliminated the industry in Nakusp.



Both logging and forest conservation continue to be viewed as important to the area. You will notice the two-man Swedish saws which are mounted on the wall as well as the cross section of a tree estimated to be 277 years of age.




This features local animals and objects which were likely to have been found within any trapper’s cabin.



You will now find yourselves back in the front room of the museum. Notice the historical picture display which depicts what the area looked like before the flood in 1968. The areas shown were all drastically altered by the higher water levels.

Nakusp and District Museum, a non-profit organization, is located on the ground-floor level of the public library building at 92 6th Avenue NW. It is open through September from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special tours can also be arranged by calling 250-265-0015.


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