Brown Bag History

Learn about Revelstoke's History

Join us every other Wednesday for a talk on local history from 12:15 to 1:00 pm. Bring your bag lunch if you wish. Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided. $8 per person. Punch cards are available for $60 for 11 programs ($5.45 per program) or $35 for 5 programs ($7 per program). 

Brown Bag History Schedule September to December 2019:

September 18 – Revelstoke in 1919

October 2 – Mount Revelstoke National Park

October 16 – Remarkable Women

October 30 – Steamboats

November 13 – Revelstoke and the two World Wars

November 27 – Historic mysteries and puzzles.

December 11 – Italian Customs and Traditions – Rosemary Tracy

December 18 – Christmas Party and Photos from the Archives

More about the upcoming talks:

Revelstoke in 1919:
Revelstoke was trying to return to normal after the long war years and the many losses that the town endured. Men were returning throughout the first part of the year. The Prince of Wales made a visit to the town in September and unveiled two plaques.

Mount Revelstoke National Park:
Our very own national park was created in 1914, largely due to lobbying efforts by local citizens who wanted to see this amazing landscape preserved for future generations. Learn about the early climbers and how the locals discovered and enjoyed the park. After the talk, tour the new exhibition on the park.

Remarkable Women
Women’s history can be harder to uncover, but we have some incredible stories of remarkable women from our community. Celebrate Women’s History Month with us as we discover Isabel Coursier (Sr and Jr), Alice Jowett, Catherine Fraser, Sarah Dickey, and many more.

As well as the east-west transportation route of the railway, travellers could move north-south along the Columbia River system. Hear some amazing stories - a child born on the SS Columbia; a 6 hour trip of the SS Lytton battling the rapids of Revelstoke Canyon; the long career of the S.S. Minto, and much more.

Revelstoke and the two World Wars
World War I and World War II both had lasting impacts on Revelstoke. With more than 130 people lost in the two battles, and hundreds leaving the community to fight, Revelstoke was forever changed. Learn how the city responded, and the huge efforts on the home front to support the troops.

Historic Mysteries and Puzzles
Is there really someone buried in the glacier of Mount Begbie? Who murdered Jenny Kiobara, a young Japanese woman living in a “red light” house on Front Street? Was the death of Frank Julian really a mafia slaying? Find out about these and other puzzling Revelstoke stories.

Italian Customs and Traditions
Guest speaker Rosemary Tracy will pull from her many years of research into Revelstoke’s Italian community to share some fun stories about the Italian immigrants, and some of their favourite customs and traditions. Of course, we can’t talk about Italian traditions without including food, so be prepared to sample some tasty treats!

Brown Bag History Christmas party
Every year, we wrap up the fall season with a Christmas party. There is no charge, but non-perishable food items and cash donations for the Revelstoke Food Bank will be welcome. We will provide a light lunch, and pot-luck additions are welcome. After lunch, we will have a compilation of some of Cathy’s favourite photos and stories.