The Armstrong/Spallumcheen Museum and Archives celebrates Heritage Week with a show of photos of local barns and their history. Submissions are being accepted until Feb. 11.

The Armstrong/Spallumcheen Museum and Archives celebrates Heritage Week with a show of photos of local barns and their history. Submissions are being accepted until Feb. 11.

Historic barns go to the show

Historic barns of Armstrong and Spallumcheen are featured in a photo exhibition

The Historic Barns of Armstrong/Spallumcheen is a photo exhibition for Heritage Week Feb. 20-24.

“Any drive through the countryside will be rich in sightings of old barns, said Marion Tucker, one of the organizers for the show sponsored by the Armstrong/Spallumcheen Museum and Archives.

“Whether the original house remains or not, often not, the barn remains; an attractive icon to the agricultural history of this area. Many of the unique aspects of cultural traditions  and economic indicators of the settlers of this area are told in these structures. A number of barns have been lost. Some have been in continual use, repaired and/or restored. Others have become fragile shells. All have stories to tell.”

The Museum/Archives has a number of photographs of barns, historic and contemporary, that they need help identifying. They also invite anyone who has photographs and/or stories/histories of area barns to submit their material for the show. The photos can be of any size and in any condition as they will be enlarged for the show and returned to the submitter. Information should include the location of the barn; its history, when it was built, the builders, owners and any stories associated with the barn; as well as the name and contact information of the submitter.

Submissions must be received by Feb. 11 and can be made to asmasbarns@gmail.com or to the Armstrong/Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce office at Box 118, Armstrong, B.C., VOE 1B4, or dropped off at the chamber office. For more information call 250-546-8155.

The photos and stories will be displayed at an open house at the Armstrong/Spallumcheen Museum (corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Bridge St.) Feb. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.