Dates for 2015 meetings:
April 18th, July18th, October 17th
The January and April meetings will be at the Wilson Research Center in Okanogan at 10:00 a.m.
The July summer meeting place and time to be announced.
The October meeting will be at the Grange Building in Malott; it will be a full membership meeting followed by a Trustee meeting and a potluck dinner.
Please contact OCHS for this year's planned outings.
509-422-4272 or OCHS@ncidata.com
Trails & Sites Committee
Field trips for members and guests are planned for the months ahead; call (422-4272) or email (OCHS@ncidata.com) for more information
Volunteer for your local museum!
If you share an interest in Okanogan County history and would like to participate in preserving and sharing that history, there are many ways, big and small, that you can help. Here are just a few:
Catalog and file historic documents: This is an indoor mostly sit-down job that is soothing to the soul. Primary requirement is interest and enthusiasm. Banker's hours. Could involve data entry in our computer database.
Scan and catalog historic photos: Use our state-of-the-art scanner to digitize old photos and then add the information to our database. You never know what you will see in these photographs.
Help man/woman the research facility: Volunteer some time during the week to help our many clients in their pursuit of facts and information on the county's history and on the intrepid pioneer settlers who carved out that history. If enough of you want this quiet and rewarding job we might even be able to extend the hours that we are open!
Call, write, send a pigeon or email to the address below for more elucidating info.
Thelma E. "Sally" Ward and her husband Austin lived in Omak from 1952 through 1974. Sally ran an art gallery and studio, The Green Door Gallery, from a large room in Austin's saw shop. The Homelite Store was located on the corner of Cedar and Cherry Streets.
She was a long-time supporter of public television and the Salvation Army. She was involved in Omak's Art in the Park in its early years.
Sally died in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 101 in 2010. She was a prolific artist and painter up until her death. Working in oil and watercolor, she painted impressionist landscapes and floral still lifes.
Sally continued to visit her sister-in-law, Eva Rasmussen, in Omak for many years after they were both widowed.
The Okanogan County Historical Society is pleased to announce an exhibit and sale at Rockwall Cellars, 110 Nichols Road, Omak, until March 31, 2015. Winter hours at the winery are Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 5:00 pm. After that date we will have her artwork displayed on our website.
Sally Ward's original Northwest art from the private collection of Susan Ward to benefit the Okanogan County Historical Society.
Got a history buff in the family? Or parents who already have everything they need but love to talk about the "good ol' days?"
For more details, go to our Services and Publications page.
BOOK DONATIONS WANTED
Help us keep our reference library up-to-date. Currently needed books:
"The Lifeline of the Oregon Country: The Fraser-Columbia Brigade System, 1811-1847" by James R. Gibson, Vancouver, 1997