Take a tour through local history

Cemetery tours provide a fascinating glimpse into Vernon's past

Members of the Vernon & District Family History Society

Members of the Vernon & District Family History Society

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives and the Vernon & District Family History Society are teaming up once again to offer their popular Pleasant Valley Cemetery Tours this summer.

The first tour takes place Saturday and they will run monthly, July 9, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, with a duration of about two hours.

Following the tour, a light lunch will be served at the museum, where tour guide Lawrna Myers will be available to answer any further questions. The museum will also have more information on display about the historical figures mentioned during the tour.

“With mostly new characters on tour, from North Okanagan Creamery Association’s (NOCA) organizer and manager Everard Clarke, to boxer Clarence (Noodles) Knox, to First World War bride Martha Hammond and missionary Julius Rieske, you’ll learn a little history along the way and maybe a tad bit of gossip,” said Denise Marsh, marketing and communications coordinator for the museum.

During the tour, Myers will touch on the victims of the Okanagan Hotel fire, some of the internees of the First World War Internment Camp and those from the early 20th century insane asylum, as in previous years.

Tickets are $20 per person with a limit of 25 participants per tour. Tickets are only available at the museum and will not be available on the event date. Participants are asked to wear good walking shoes as the tour involves walking and standing.

For more information, please call the museum at 250-542-3142 or visit www.vernonmuseum.ca or see www.facebook.com/vernonmuseum