False Fronts and Bygone Byways

Say goodbye to 2021 with our final livestream of the year! The first half of a two-part presentation, FALSE FRONTS AND BYGONE BYWAYS takes you on a freeform journey through the streets, roads, and buildings of the Arrow Lakes and upper Lardeau over the past 130 years. It’s a virtual road trip!  

In Vol. 1, we’ll start you off in Summit Lake and bring you through Brouse and Glenbank all the way to Broadway Street in downtown Nakusp before taking you up to the head of the lake at Galena Bay and Arrowhead. Along the way, you’ll see the evolution and development of some of Nakusp’s most notable buildings and businesses, learn how some of our valley’s roads and streets got their names, and of course enjoy over 125 classic images of our region.

Join us LIVE Friday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Pacific time (or watch anytime you want thereafter!) right here on our YouTube channel.

(Don’t forget to come back on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 for Vol. 2, where we start off in Trout Lake and come back down along the south side of Broadway and the Nakusp waterfront before finishing our journey with the Burton, Fauquier, and Edgewood areas!)

Saturday book sales are back!

Anyone looking to purchase books from us will find volunteers with our books for sale at a table in the Old Fire Hall in Nakusp on the next two Saturdays, Dec. 4 and 11. Market hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Movie Night Part 2: The Uyeda Family Collection

It’s time once again for ALHS Movie Night! Join us as we explore the vaults of Nakusp’s Uyeda family and watch highlights from their amazing Super-16 film collection. Filmed between 1957 and 1978, these movies capture 20 years of Nakusp in a state of transition during its post-war boom and the flooding of the Arrow Lakes.

Other scenic Kootenay towns and locations also make appearances. You’ll see vintage businesses and downtown scenes, historic landmarks, community events, dam construction, familiar faces in their younger days (perhaps even yourself!), the only surviving footage of our village’s famous 1958 centennial “bank robbery,” and the ONLY known footage of Nakusp’s original outdoor arena.

We are honoured and grateful to bring you these films for the first time. We’ve selected the choicest 80 minutes of these films, none of which have ever been seen by the public until now. This is truly priceless footage of moments in time that may otherwise have been lost forever.

Watche it here:

(Originally recorded in front of a small, socially-distance audience at the ALHS Archives office on Nov. 19, 2021.)

The Wide World of the Arrow Lakes

Join us this Friday night as the Arrow Lakes Historical Society kicks off its 2021-22 presentation season with our latest slideshow, THE WIDE WIDE WORLD OF THE ARROW LAKES.

Over 75 minutes of amazing historical imagery await you as we explore our wonderful valley. You’ll take a trip back in time 100 years to the long-lost ghost town of West Demars, experience some of your region’s wildest weather events, visit some of the Arrow Lakes’ historic small town general stores (we may have been dropping a few hints on our Facebook page over the past couple of weeks about that one), look at some fantastic Walter Wells artwork, and perhaps even help us solve a mystery as we show off a batch of mystery photos!

Watch all of this and more LIVE Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Pacific time (or anytime you want thereafter!) on our YouTube channel.STREAM LINK:

ALHS archives acquires SS Minto log book

An amazing new arrival last month at the ALHS was a 1947 Canadian Pacific log book straight of the SS Minto pilot house! This would have likely been filled in by Captain Otto Estabrooks. Note the sailing times: the Minto stopped just long enough at Nakusp to let the crew get some sleep and then was right back at it again. Also of note, in addition to the large number of regular stops and familiar place names, are the various flag stops the Minto landed at, which varied from trip to trip. On this trip, we see the Minto landed at Jack Harris’ logging camp near Galena Bay, Pingston, Johnstone Creek (misspelled ‘Johnson’ here) south of Edgewood, and Sherwood (the Jowett family ranch across from Edgewood). (Hat tip: Ken Douglas.)