Commemoration of 100th anniversary of WWI

Arrow Lakes Historical Society presents slide show October 24

Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of World War I which broke out on June 28, 1914. It lasted for nearly five years, ending on November 11, 1918.

Although record keeping varied from one country to another and not everyone can agree on exactly how many people perished or went missing during this time, the commonly accepted figure for casualties totals approximately 37 million with 21 million of those dead. Some of these men were from the Kootenays.

The Arrow Lakes Historical Society offers an opportunity to learn more about their stories. On Friday, October 24 at 7 p.m. it will present a WWI slide show featuring photos from the era and the region’s contributions to the Great War. All are invited to attend the show. The Archives are housed in the new addition to the Nakusp Public Library building accessed on the side of the building off the alley. Admission is by donation — coffee and goodies will be served.

Upcoming multimedia and slide shows will be presented on the third Friday of each month featuring many images from recent donations. Of late, the Ellis Anderson estate donated almost 700 photos from the 1960s and 200 photos came from the Nelson Star. These have been added to the Archives’ more than 10,000 photos which Milton Parent curated with as much information as possible while interviewing the pioneers of Nakusp during his lifetime.