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SPOTLIGHT # 5

The Town of Princeton has declared the week of August 12 to 18 as Culture and Heritage week. From Monday to Thursday of that week there will be a series of heritage presentations at the Princeton Museum. Friday marks the beginning of the Princeton Traditional Music Festival, which runs until 6 pm on the Sunday.

Many people will remember The News Leader newspaper, which ran or many years in Princeton. On the Tuesday of Culture and Heritage Week the paper’s editor, George Elliott, will talk about the history of the Leader and share the joys and tribulations of running a small town independent newspaper. The presentation is called “History of a Small Town Newspaper” and takes place at 7 pm on Tuesday August 13.


The upper Similkameen valley is one of the world’s go-to places for fossils. There are fossils in the hills all around Princeton and you can even find them right in town in the red ochre bank behind Shopper’s Drug Mart. On the Wednesday of Culture and Heritage Week you can find out what these fossils reveal about life in this part of the world millions of years ago. Bruce Archibald, a world-renowned palaeontologist who is very familiar with Princeton’s fossil history, will be giving a presentation entitled “What Princeton’s Fossils Tell Us.” To find out if the ground you’re walking on was once underwater come to the Museum on Wednesday, August 14 at 7 pm.


For thousands of years Canada was populated by Aboriginal people. With the fur trade colonial culture penetrated the western part of the country resulting children of mixed Aboriginal and colonial parentage. These children’s descendants became the Métis who evolved their own unique culture and history. On the Thursday of Culture and Heritage Week Renée Hartwell will be talking about the history of the Métis, focussing particularly on their contribution to B.C. heritage through history. Her presentation will take place on Thursday, August 15 at 2 pm.


Will James was a French-Canadian who changed his identity into that of a cowboy. He was born in 1892 and was christened Joseph Ernest Nipplei Dufault. In the early 1900s he came west, changed his name and his life history and began drawing and writing about the cowboy life. His paintings are world renowned and some of his books have been made into movies such as “Lone Cowboy” and “Smoky.” On the Thursday of Culture and Heritage Week Don Gayton will be sharing stories and visuals of Will James’ fascinating life. The presentation entitled “Will James, Cowboy Artist & Author” takes place on Thursday, August 15 at 7 pm.


All four of these presentations take place at the Princeton Museum and are a wonderful lead-up to the Princeton Traditional Music Festival that begins on Friday, August 16 at 6 pm on Veterans Square.

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