The latest report of the Okanagan Historical Society features cover art and multiple articles with a Summerland theme. (Contributed)

The latest report of the Okanagan Historical Society features cover art and multiple articles with a Summerland theme. (Contributed)

Summerland’s colourful past highlighted in Okanagan Historical Society feature

Cover art, six articles have community theme

The Okanagan Historical Society’s 2021 annual report has plenty of Summerland content.

The cover of the report features a 1916 watercolour of the Summerland lakeshore by Archibald ‘Archie’ Murchie. Inside, there are six articles about Summerland.

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There is a tribute to Joe Smuin (1948-2019.) He was considered one of the experts on the history of the Kettle Valley Railway.

Summerland Coun. Doug Holmes wrote about Summerland’s welcoming response to Syrian refugees.

Former museum staff member Kirby Hardwick described the early history of Summerland’s downtown.

Mary Trainer wrote about the history of the Princeton-Summerland Road. This road was first shown on maps in 1827.

David Gregory wrote about the history of greenhouses in Canada. At one time, Summerland had the highest concentration of greenhouses in British Columbia.

The sixth Summerland article describes another theory on the formation of Summerland’s ‘cannonballs’, by astronomer Ken Tapping and geologist Ken Murray. These unique rock formations can be found in and near Summerland.

The annual report is available at the Summerland Museum. It sells for $25 and all profits support museum operations.

The Okanagan Historical Society has published its annual reports since 1925.

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Joe Smuin was considered an expert on the Kettle Valley Railway. (Contributed)

Joe Smuin was considered an expert on the Kettle Valley Railway. (Contributed)