News for March 12, 2019

AGM on April 5th from 2-5. Everyone welcome. Looking for a few new directors if anyone is interested in helping our society. We will either have Cameron Leitch showing a Forestry slide show if he can come on that date or Kyle Kusch will show a preview of the next slide show which is called Arrow Lakes A-Z. This show should be on the 12th of April – an afternoon show for the Better At Home folks and an evening show at 7 pm. This show will also go to Edgewood later in the month.

The book SS Minto is selling well in Nakusp, Revelstoke, Castlegar, Trail, Kaslo and Nelson. The new book coming out soon is Kyle Kusch’s Our Coloured Past. These should be available by May and will cost $30 each.

Be sure to read the latest post in our Articles section, the memoirs of one of Nakusp’s most colourful characters, Wilf “Hufty” Hewat. You can read his memoirs here.

2018 ALHS Annual General Meeting

The Arrow Lakes Historical Society AGM is coming up on April 6th, at 2:00 PM, at the Archives. Jim Robertson will be talking about Burton history, with a slideshow of rarely seen historical images of Burton. New members are always welcome. We are located in the back of the Centennial building, behind the library, 92 – 6th Avenue NW, in Nakusp.

BC Historical Federation Conference in Nakusp

The 2018 British Columbia Historical Federation Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting will take place in Nakusp between May 24 and 27, 2018, hosted by the Arrow Lakes Historical Society.
The conference kicks off with a welcome reception in the evening on Thursday, May 24. Friday, there will be opening ceremonies, keynote addresses, and a bus field trip to New Denver and Sandon, followed by a historical slide show/lecture in the evening. Saturday will see the Federation AGM, a media panel, historical lectures/presentations, and bus tours to Trout Lake and Halcyon Hot Springs, or to Nakusp Hot Springs. That evening, a gala awards banquet will be held at which outstanding contributions by individuals and groups who study and promote British Columbia history will be recognized through the presentation of awards or special certificates.
Registration is now open. Visit the British Columbia Historical Federation conference page for more news and information.



DVDs Available

Our Coloured Past DVD is 84 minutes long and has the best coloured photos and slides of our collection. These are from 1940 up to 1985 and areĀ from Trout Lake to Renata, Fauquier to Ferguson, and everywhere in between. The Arrow Lakes underwent a multitude of changes between those years which are shown in the photos on this DVD. There are sternwheelers, silver mines, July 1st parades, pre-Keenleyside Dam landscapes or bears being hand-fed from the bow of a tugboat. This presentation captures pivotal moments and scenes throughout the Arrow Lakes region. $15 + $2 shipping & handling


The Ichi100 DVD is 60 minutes long and is a celebration of the photographs and films of Ichiro Shiino on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Originally from Cumberland, Vancouver Island, Ichiro Shiino (1915-1999) arrived in the West Kootenay as a Japanese-Canadian internee. Though arriving under the bleakest of circumstances, ‘Ichi’ persevered to become a beloved member of the Arrow Lakes community for over half a century. From his arrival in Nakusp in 1943, Shiino documented the region through films, drawings, and thousands of photographs developed in his private dark room. Many of these photographs were published in local newspapers and magazines. We offer this presentation as a tribute to his kind, industrious spirit. $15 + $2 shipping & handling


Milton Parent’s taped interviews are being put onto the website and so far 225 interviews have been done. That is about halfway to the completion of the entire collection and which can be listened to now by the public.

Upcoming Slide Shows for 2015

We will be trying to have the shows on the 3rd Friday of the month at the new archives office at the back of the Centennial building at 92 – 6th Ave NW. This is where the Museum and Library are already housed. The Paddlewheel Tourist Booth is next door.


Admission is by donation and there will be coffee tea and goodies.



In February on Friday the 20th at 7 p.m. we will be showing an old favourite slide show called Our Coloured Past. We’ve revamped the show for 2015 by adding brand-new images and footage, and have restored many of the older slides as well. This year marks the 75th anniversary of colour photography in Nakusp. This is the only time the show will run in 2015, so don’t miss out!

History Comes Alive Montage

In March on Friday the 20th at 7 p.m. we will be showing History Comes Alive which has only been shown once before. This show was standing room only the first time we showed it, so make sure to come early.

Shiino Montage

In April on Friday the 17th at 7 p.m. we will be showing ICHI100, a series of photographs and movies that were taken starting in the 1940s when Ichiro Shiino came to Nakusp. For over half-a-century, Ichi documented the lifestyle of the Arrow Lakes with his photographs and movies. He took photos of many occasions such as July 1st celebrations and graduations, as well as landscapes and industrial imagery. His movies are unique in that they depict the last run of the Minto and the tugboat industry that occurred up until 1968 to name a few. Ichi would have been 100 years old in June and this is a tribute to him.