Heritage: Identifying what has shaped Lake Country

Hidden and not so hidden secrets of the past were brought into focus at a Lake Country heritage workshop held late last month.

Hidden and not so hidden secrets of the past were brought into focus at a Lake Country heritage workshop held late last month.

The goal of the May 26 workshop was to gather local knowledge about major factors and processes that influence the District of Lake Country’s heritage resources.

About 30 Lake Country area residents engaged with district staff to explore the roots of the community.

The purpose of focusing on historical and heritage ideas and resources is to decide on what should be preserved going forward so the Lake Country of the future will have a firm grasp on its past.

Once key ideas and items have been identified, decisions can be made on how to best conserve places that the community identifies as embodying heritage values.

The Lake Country Museum plays a part in that process.  Shannon Jorgenson, manager of the Lake Country Museum, said the mood in the room from all participants was very positive. “The Lake Country Museum is excited to be involved in the process of identifying Lake Country’s heritage values and resources, Kudos to the District of Lake Country for initiating this.

“Our heritage resources are the tangible elements of our community’s history and give us and future generations, a better understanding of the places and events that shape our community.”

The results of the workshop are expected to be reported by the Lake Country Heritage Society, with thematic maps of heritage places developed by participants in the workshop.

Recommendations will be presented to mayor and council at a strategy session at a later date.

Members of the community who were unable to attend the workshop will be able to share their knowledge and assist in identifying pieces of Lake Country’s heritage at soon to be announced upcoming Front Porch meetings.