Brown Bag Lecture - Karen Collins - History of Chatauqua in Penticton

Event Dates:
  • Tue October 3, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Event Cost: Suggested donation $2 Adults, $1 Children

With its big brown tents, Chautauqua brought education, inspiration and entertainment to the people of Penticton. It could be concluded, “(our) town was never the same after Chautauqua started coming…. It broadened our lives in many ways.”

Eva (Sheere) Cleland first came to Penticton as a Chautauqua Girl in 1928 returning in 1935 as Mrs Hugh Cleland and her lifelong involvement with the development of the arts, not just in Penticton but throughout the province began.

One of Eva’s most significant contributions was being part of the formation of the Okanagan School of the Arts which continues to proudly serve as a creativity centre in our community.
Karen Collins is President of the Okanagan Historical Society Penticton Branch and Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Okanagan School of the Arts, Shatford Centre. She is a descendant of pioneering families from both the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys with a love and appreciation of heritage that she likes to share.