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New Heritage Awareness Project for Kelowna’s Oldest Neighbourhood

857 LawrenceKSAN’s latest heritage project has proven to be a successful awareness project for the historic Bernard-Lawrence area which borders downtown Kelowna. This project features heritage signage for twenty buildings in the two-block area, and also a full-colour walking tour brochure.
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In a three-way funding partnership, the residents paid two-thirds of the sign cost and KSAN covered the remainder. City of Kelowna’s Cultural Services provided a grant for printing the brochure. We expect more signs will be added in the future.
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The project was initiated and lead by KSAN member Marguerite Berry. A large portion of the work involved was voluntary or donated, including the research, colour photos, archive photos, sign installation and brochure production. Her volunteer team included Clark Berry, Gerrie-Ann Corry, Doug Lee and David Lovell.
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Bernard-Lawrence Walking TourKSAN was recognized with a Special Heritage Award by the Central Okanagan Heritage Society in February 2012. The Walking Tour brochures are available at City Hall, the Tourist Info Centre, the Kelowna Museum and at the new way finder kiosk at the French Culteral Centre on Bernard at Richter. You can also download a version of the Bernard-Lawrence Walking Tour.pdf here.
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IMG_0314In 2012 two heritage signs were installed on Marshall Street and more are being prepared for installation in the fall of 2013 in the Bernard-Lawrence area.  You can download the brochures of Abbott Street ( Abbott St Heritage Area brochure )    and Marshall Street ( Marshall St Heritage Area brochure ) here
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Deb Helf's heritage sign on Marshall StDuring 2014 and 2015, KSAN worked with homeowners in the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area who are interested in having a historical sign for their homes.  As of the start of 2016, 51 heritage signed have now been installed.
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. If you are interested in becoming part of this project and would like a sign for your own home, please visit our “Historic Sign Project” page.