exhibit now open!
The Italian-Canadian community has a long history in Kelowna...
In the 140 years since Giovanni Casorzo and Carlo Guaschetti arrived, Italians have contributed to shaping agriculture, industry, business and culture in the Okanagan. Their legacy remains an integral part of the region's past, while new generations continue to enrich Kelowna today.
Co-created by the Kelowna Museums Society and the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club, the exhibition highlights the history of Italians in Kelowna. Displays lead visitors through four key eras of Italian immigration to the region. Within each era, artifacts, archival photographs, personal stories and multimedia elements provide examples of how the Italian community has contributed to the Okanagan. A kitchen table situated in the centre of the gallery, connects the eras through Italian food traditions and serves as a symbol of bringing people together.
Why did Italians settle here? How did they adapt? What is the community doing today? Explore the history and contributions of Italians in Kelowna – some may surprise you!
Discover la nostra famiglia Italiana – our Italian family!
THIS EXHIBIT OPENS TO THE PUBLIC AT THE OKANAGAN HERITAGE MUSEUM ON SEPTEMBER 23RD AND WILL RUN THROUGH JANUARY OF 2024.
OKANAGAN HERITAGE MUSEUM - 470 QUEENSWAY AVENUE.
AUDIO ENHANCED EXHIBIT!
We have made this Exhibit a Multimedia experience. If you have your smartphone, you can also hear short audio clips that tell the story behind some of the artifacts. Feature videos will also be playing in the adjacent theatre.
If you'd like to download the tour to your phone beforehand, you can do so here: