This week the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is celebrating Heritage Week with a display featuring pictures, information and artifacts about Oliver Street.
The topic is in keeping with the Heritage BC theme this year “Main street at the heart of the community.”
“Premier John Oliver came to Williams Lake in 1919 to help surveyors lay out the streets of the new village,” says museum manager Pat Skoblanuik.
“The main street was named Oliver Street.”
Photographs of Williams Lake’s main street and early businesses on Oliver Street are featured in the museum’s entrance.
Stories, photos and artifacts of businesses in early Williams Lake are also on permanent display on the museum’s lower floor.
“Although the streets and avenues were laid out in 1919, Williams Lake was not incorporated as a village until 1929,” Skoblanuik notes. “The date was March 15.”
In keeping with that birthday, the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin will be marking the date with a birthday tea on Sunday, March 15.
People are invited to attend the tea from 1 to 3 p.m. for birthday cake, sweets, tea and coffee.