Two hundred years ago, in September 1811, four men working for the Pacific Fur Company travelled by horseback north through the Okanagan Valley, leaving Fort Okanogan.
Following an ancient aboriginal trail along the Okanogan River, their trip north took 16 days.
Arriving at Tk’emlúps (present day Kamloops) the fur traders were met by a large congregation of First Nations in the area.
This historic visit represents the first recorded contact between Europeans and the aboriginal people of the southern interior of British Columbia, principally the Syilx and Secwepemc nations.
This fall, 2011, to mark the bicentennial of this visit, the Okanagan Heritage Museum proudly presents a special lecture titled Culture Contact in the Oakinacken, 1811-1860: Along the Trail of the Fur Trade and through the Okanagan-Thompson Valleys and Beyond.
This lecture will be presented by well- known local historians Randy Manuel and Ken Favrholdt.
Manuel is former director/curator of the Penticton Museum, and long-time explorer of the fur brigade trails in the Okanagan and across the Cascades. Manuel is currently president of the Okanagan Historical Society.
Favrholdt is former curator of the Kamloops Museum and Archives, and also past manager of the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park.
Favrholdt is currently executive director/curator of the Osoyoos Museum.
This special lecture is part of a tour sponsored by the Okanagan Historical Society and the Okanogan County Historical Society. It started in Osoyoos, and will end in Vernon at the end of October. The tour will stop in Kelowna at the Okanagan Heritage Museum on Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.