About the Society

History of the Society

The Trail Historical Society was organized in 1953 when a small group of local history buffs met at Elsie Turnbull's home to discuss ways and means to protect and preserve our community's history. There was a concensus that there was interest in the City's history and a society was formed as a branch of the BC Historical Association (now the BC Historical Federation). In 1978, their name was changed to the Trail Historical Society.

Initially, the group collected historical photos and artifacts and made plans to establish a museum. Unfortunately, the museum did not become a reality until 1977. However, the nucleus of our current organization was formed and the Society has made great strides over the past 20 years to realize our founder's vision.

The Trail Historical Society's mandate is to collect, preserve and make available to the public articles, photos, documents, film, and published materials relating to the history and development of the City of Trail. To accomplish this the Society operates three facilities:

Our Location

The Society has offices on the second floor of City Hall and may be contacted in person Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, or by mail, phone, fax or email at the following:

  • Trail Historical Society
  • PO Box 405
  • Trail, BC V1R 4L7

Meetings

Members of the Society meet bi-monthly.

The Annual General Meeting is held in March. The current Executive consists of:

  • Jamie Forbes, President
  • Eleanor Gattafoni-Robinson, Vice-President
  • Lorna Nutini, Treasurer
  • Sandy Hart, Secretary

Directors include: Sam McBride, David Flux, Frances Moll

Membership

We welcome anyone interested in our City's history or in supporting the Society's work to become a member. A membership form is available on this website and can be forwarded to the Society at above address. Membership fees are as follows:

  • Regular: $15.00
  • Family: $25.00
  • Corporate: $35.00

For an additional $20.00 you may obtain a one year's subscription to the BC Historical News at a saving of $4.00 off the regular price. This high quality journal contains a variety of articles on BC's history and is a must have for students of our Province's history. It is published quarterly.

In addition to operating the three facilities, in order to meet its mandate, the Society has recently published three books on Trail history, produced two videos, and reproduced eight of Dr. Fanderlik's historic paintings as art and greeting cards. Visit our online store for more information and order any of these items on line or by mail. Please support us by purchasing one or more of the items available.

The Trail Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of our history and we hope you will support our efforts. Please contact us at anytime.

The Society gratefully acknowledges the financial support received to develop this website from the Columbia Power Corporation and BC Hydro.

 
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