Students attending George Elliot Secondary School in Lake Country won’t have to go far to figure out exactly who George Elliot was.
The Lake Country Museum has unveiled a new exhibit at the school which takes a look at the man who the school is named after.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about local history,” said Derek Lea, GESS principal.
“Rather than just thinking of their school as a name, they now can learn about the man behind the name and the values he stood for.”
The exhibit includes photographs and personal items belonging to Elliot including his wallet, professional teacher’s card and licenses, gym whistle, pen and notebook.
Elliot was born in Paisley, Ontario in 1902 and moved to Vancouver when he was 12 years old. After completing his education, he taught in the Vanderhoof area for six months before securing his position at Winfield Public School in 1923. He was teacher and principal there for 26 years.
He was also a member of the Farmer’s Institute and he was instrumental in the building of the Winfield Memorial Hall.
In 1949, at the age of 48, Elliot died during treatment of asthma in Kelowna General Hospital.
Dan Bruce, Lake Country Museum curator, said the school played a big part in getting the exhibit together.
“George Elliot was instrumental in the community building of Lake Country and the opportunity to present his history at the school now named after him has been incredibly rewarding,” he said.
For more information about the exhibit or local history, contact the Lake Country Museum at 250-766-0111 or go to www.lakecountrymuseum.com.