News from Kamloops

October 8, 2013

Special Event: The War of 1812 in the West, The Oregon Country Legacy

Kamloops, B.C. - Currently on exhibit at the Kamloops Museum and Archives is The War of 1812 in the West, The Oregon Country Legacy. For many, the War of 1812 happened in eastern Canada, far away from present-day British Columbia. While no battles were fought here, the war had great impact on the settlement of Western Canada and the eventual location of the international boundary.

In 1812, two trading posts competed for the local fur trade in Kamloops. One was owned by the American-owned Pacific Fur Company, the other by the Northwest Company of Montreal. As a result of the war, the Americans decided to sell their trading post in 1813, ending their presence in the Canadian west.

On October 17th, join the Kamloops Museum and Archives for a public event in Riverside Park (near the flagpole) commemorating the handover of the Pacific Fur Company Fort to the "Norwesters" of Montreal. The event will run from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Flags will be raised and lowered, a new historical plaque will be unveiled and period music played. Deputy Mayor Ken Christian and other officials will be present. That evening, join us at the museum for a free reception and lecture given by historian Ken Favrholdt. The reception is from 5:00 to 7:00 pm followed by the lecture from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

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Media Contact:
Alex de Chantal, Community and Wellness Event Coordinator
City of Kamloops