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.

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


Members of the Society meet bi-monthly.

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

  • Lorna Nutini, President
  • David Flux, Vice-President
  • Frances Moll, Treasurer
  • Sandra Hart, Secretary
  • Lana Rodlie, Director

City Council Liaison: Councillor Eleanor Gattafoni-Robinson


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.

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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