By Cathy English
Revelstoke became a city on March 1, 1899. 120 years later, Revelstoke Museum & Archives is celebrating this anniversary with an event that will give participants a chance to discover the history of our city while puzzling out a mystery.
We are pulling from a real-life dispute over incorporation to create our fictional mystery. Someone, believing that incorporation must be stopped, has stolen the incorporation papers, and they are hidden somewhere in the museum.
Was it J.M. Kellie, who strongly opposed incorporation at that time? Was it Wing Chung, a local businessman who worried that anti-Chinese sentiment would make it difficult for him to do business in Revelstoke? Or perhaps it was Lyda Holten, who was concerned that municipal liquor laws would impact her husband’s Enterprise Brewery. These and four other suspects will be at the event, providing clues and red herrings as everyone tries to solve the mystery.
Refreshments will be served and a cash wine-bar will be available. Period costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. The event begins at 6:00 pm and continues until 8:00 pm, or until the mystery is solved, and the successful detectives have been rewarded. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the museum.
We hope to see you on March 1 st .