Vernon museum hosts ‘Famous Figures’

From Larry Kwong to Sveva Caetani, Vernon legends are on display at the museum

  • Aug. 2, 2017 4:30 a.m.

The Greater Vernon Museum invites you to participate in a new interactive display that includes fun facts, trivia and selfie opportunities with life-size replicas of Vernon’s “famous’ figures.”

The Famous Figures: 125 years of Vernon History display integrates “famous” figures who helped shape Vernon’s past and is in celebration of Vernon’s 125th year of incorporation. Spot a young Allan Brooks, the debonair William Fraser Cameron, the talented Sveva Caetani, among many others, and snap a selfie with your favourite. Post your selfie with the hashtag #vernonmuseum on Facebook, Instagram (#vernonmuseumeducation), and Snapchat (vmuseum) and view what others have posted.

“Don’t forget to pick up your accompanying exhibit questionnaire at the front desk to test your local knowledge,” said Denise Marsh, marketing and communications co-ordinator. “Let your creative juices flow too. Those who complete the ‘What Were They Thinking?’ insert will be entered into our draw for a Canadiana Gift Basket valued at $125.”

The prize draw takes place Oct. 3. The exhibit will run until Sept. 30 during the museum’s regular hours, Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“This is a very exciting time for arts and heritage in Vernon,” said Marsh. “The museum is on the cusp of reaching out to the greater Vernon community to garner support for a new centralized, multifaceted cultural facility. This exhibit is just a preview of what your museum of the near future can be, and some of the new ways we will be interacting with the community.

“It is about beginning a dialogue on how we can be a destination for everyone who lives and comes to Vernon, a place where you can come back often and stay for a while. We want to make the museum a cultural hub that is open to new ideas and one that is welcoming to all. We’d love to hear your input.”

The museum thanks Speedpro Signs for their partial sponsorship of this exhibit. The Greater Vernon Museum is at 3009-32nd Ave. For more information, call 250-542-3142.

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