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Spirit of Lake Country Heritage and Culture

Have you ever walked the streets of Lake Country and wondered what they might have looked like 50 years ago, 75 years ago or even a century ago? A recent project completed by the Lake Country Museum could be the answer to satiate your curiosity.

The Spirit of Lake Country: Heritage and Culture is an 86 page book that delves into the history of the community. From early Winfield cattle ranchers, to the hub of activity that was Okanagan Centre once was, and the growth of irrigation systems that allowed orchards to flourish in Oyama and Carr’s Landing, the book is full of interesting information on Lake Country and the people who built it.

The museum worked with the Lake Country Art Gallery to include a guide to the community’s public art works as well. There is close to $500,000 worth of art spread throughout Lake Country, decorating parks and other prominent public spaces.

Museum manager Shannon Jorgenson and Art Gallery president Sharon McCoubrey unveiled the book before council, presenting the District with a copy at last week’s regular council meeting.

Funding for the project was provided from the Province through the Arts council of the Central Okanagan.

Copies of The Spirit of Lake Country: Heritage and Culture are available at the museum and at the art gallery.

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