The Shuswap Country by Erskine Burnett was produced in the 1940s and includes black and white photos from his many tours throughout our region and his stories about these adventures. It currently exists as an archival scrapbook in a number of museums and online at arcabc.ca
The book is edited by Jim Cooperman, author of Everything Shuswap and long-time columnist for the Shuswap Market News. As well, a prominent author will write the foreword. Local artist and book designer, Otto Pfannschmidt is doing the book design. It will help fill the demand for books about our region and its history, of which there are only a few.
Erskine Burnett was a real pioneer who left Scotland in 1887, travelled throughout Canada and eventually settled in Coldstream in about 1908, where he farmed. He was well known to locals, as he peddled his fruit between Revelstoke and Oliver out of his one-ton truck. In a letter to a newspaper columnist, one of his friends described him as “brainy and well-read” and a lover of the great outdoors. He noted, “I would say that barring Stephen Leacock, he might have been the greatest humorist in Canada if he had put his mind to his writing.”
The book will foster greater appreciation of local history and Shuswap geography, as well as promote tourism and economic development.
Publication is being made possible thanks to the generous financial support from CSRD, RDNO, SASCU, Askews Foods, Bill Laird Holdings, and Greg Darroch Investments. If your organization or company is interested in being a sponsor, please contact Jim Cooperman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a link to the February 28th CBC interview about the book: Interview link
Learn more about the book here, AN 80-YEAR-OLD SCRAPBOOK PROVIDES AN INSIGHTFUL LOOK AT SHUSWAP HISTORY
Recent media coverage in the Salmon Arm Observer by Barb Brouwer – Historic photos, ‘intriguing text’ prompts creation of new book about the Shuswap
One of the many great photos in the book: