A blast from the past

Nakusp residents get a chance to view a piece of history.

Nakusp got a blast from the past on Oct. 9, when the Arrow Lakes Historical Society featured a slide show exhibit of some of the photos of Jean Spicer.

Spicer passed away in 1990, and in 1999 her family donated her photos to the Historical Society, all 1,539 of them.

Photos ranged in date from the 50s to the 80s, and had everything from a car driving through a flooded road, a stunning shot of Mount Halcyon rising above the village, to a surreal photo of a mountain and lake, where the water was so still, the reflection was practically a mirror.

Kyle Kusch, a member of the ALHS, hosted the show, and said it was difficult to figuring out which photos would make the cut. It took him about a day to go through all of them.

“They’re all great, but you only want a certain amount on so many topics. You can’t have all mining photos, all parade photos, all lake photos. You have to have a somewhat equal amount of everything.”

The collection offered a chance to see shots of life in Nakusp before the valley was flooded as part of the Columbia River Treaty in the 60s.

Many of the photos were damaged by exposure to light, and had to be run through a processing software in order to be returned to their original state.

Those who attended the event were very impressed.

“It was great. I think it’s the third or fourth show we’ve seen that Kyle has put together, and he’s just great at selecting the right photos and bringing out the best.” said Bianca Neidhardt.

The complete collection of Jean Spicer’s photos can be found at the archives of the Arrow Lakes Historical Society.

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