Volume No. 1
Issue No. 1
May 2005
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The Silverton Historical Society invites you to explore a small town with a big history. The accidental "discovery" of a delta and the staking of a rich outcrop of galena in the early 1890's, triggered the quick development of Silverton, BC. By the late 1890's the town had six hotels, three general stores, a newspaper (the Silvertonian), a school, and telephone connections to the mines, New Denver and Sandon. After the rush, the population waned and Silverton verged on becoming a ghost town. Now with a population of 250, Silverton remains nestled in the same beautiful lakeside setting that greeted our pioneer prospectors. The Silverton Historical Society's attractions offer a glimpse of life during the silver boom in the Slocan.

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Silverton circa 1904
Silverton in 2004
Silverton in 2004
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SHS Profile

The Silverton Historical Society was formed in 1981 with the mandate to collect and preserve the history of our town from its beginning in the 1890's. Silverton, once known as Four-Mile City, grew out of a regional silver boom. Some past and current Silverton Historical Society projects include the Frank Mills Outdoor Mining Machinery Museum, the restoration of an 1896 log cabin, the maintenance of heritage mining trails, the development of a historic walking tour, and an Interpretive Centre, which houses the Society's archives. The Silverton Historical Society continues to add to its collection and pursue new projects in an effort to capture the old days of mining and the unique stories of the individuals who shaped this town.

A VERY ACTIVE 2004

2004 saw a very active and productive year. To touch on just a few of the highlights: membership was increased; the interpretive centre was professionally manned and active during the summer months; display and directional signage were augmented; a very informative website was instituted; archives, including many valuable images, were better categorized and protected; future short and long term society goals and direction were formalized and streamlined; and several new exhibits were added to the museum's already substantial displays.

Members were active in helping salvage and preserve a valuable and historic set of ore wagon wheels long lost in the depths of Slocan Lake. This unique item was graciously donated to the outdoor museum. Additionally, members recovered a timber carrying ore car from the bush, which has been restored and is also on display. Further, membership was active in trail cleanup and clearing on several of Idaho Peak's better known tracks. In the Interpretive Centre, an ongoing effort is being pursued to make the valuable and substantial set of archival material more readily accessible and better protected for the use of present and future generations.

Join us for what promises to be an even more exciting adventure this year.

BUILDING PROJECTS -2005

This year one of the Society's many projects is to update and revamp the Interpretive Centre to make it more functional, attractive and user-friendly. Within the Centre, located on the first floor of the Silverton Gallery building, look forward to better and more diverse historical item displays, monitored archival access, informative historical video presentations, updated handout literature, a larger selection of items for sale - including maps, books, cards, and images - and best of all, a chance for a good schmooze with knowledgeable personnel. Also, keep your eye on the environs around the north end of the village as the Society is hoping to erect a second tram tower somewhere in this locale (with proper approvals of course) to match the first it displays at the south entrance to Silverton.

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Nancy Anderson


2005 Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be at 1 pm unless otherwise noted. Public always welcome!

May 11
June 8
July 20
August 17
Septemeber 21
Ontober 19
November 16

HISTORY:
def: a chronological record of significant events including an explanation of their causes.

Nancy Anderson
President: 1986 - 2005

Trying to list, let alone describe, all the contributions Nancy Anderson has made to the community during her tenure as president of the Silverton Historical Society in a short article like this is impossible. Suffice it to say this indefatigable person's life has been as rich as the legacy of history that she has endeavoured to protect, record and display under her administration of the society as president. Nancy inherited the president's gavel from her father Sandy Harris in 1986 and embarked on a fruitful and engaging campaign of historical imperative.

Asked to recall but a few of the highlights of her long stewardship she modestly, but proudly, recalls the following: Nancy's idea to move and display the Fingland Cabin to its current location in the Viewing Corridor was brought to fruition in the early '80s along with the publication of the highly acclaimed and engaging book by John Norris Old Silverton. She put together the acknowledged edition Window in the Mountain, a tribute to the area's early miners and pioneers. It's a wonderful read and timeless piece that ages and sells well at the Society's Interpretive Centre.

Bristling with history, the Interpretive Centre is the home of the Silverton Historical Society, yet another community beneficial brainstorm and completed project of Ms Anderson. The heart of the Centre is a comprehensive archive, chronicling and recording for future generations images, records, documents and stories of a bygone era.

She was instrumental in writing and receiving a grant to clear, revamp and open for the public the well-known and historic Wakefield Trail, and together with her husband John and several other members of the society, re-discovered, explored and helped clear many other famous trails in the Silverton environs.

The replicated tram tower at the south entrance to Silverton is tangible evidence of yet another one of Nancy's many and varied involvements with the Society.

Nancy hopes to continue as an active member of the Silverton Historical Society for years to come. In the future she would like to see the society work to establish larger and more comprehensive archives, help open more historic trails to the public and continue her legacy of preserving important historical sites and pieces. One and all look forward to her wisdom, experience and enthusiastic presence at the society's meetings. Her parting thought concerning the passing on of the presidency: ... "Gee, maybe now I will have a bit more time to go fishing."

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