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Presentation: Franz Ferdinand and the Okanagan Connection with Maury Williams

July 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presentation: Apple House @ 1:00 pm, free with admission

Franz Ferdinand and the Okanagan Connection:  The man whose death ignited the first World War visits the Okanagan

In 1892 Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, began a round-the-world journey.  After extended visits in India, Australia, and Japan, he arrived in Vancouver in September 1893.  From there he journeyed to the Okanagan where he spent a week hunting near Penticton; he also briefly visited Kelowna. Using his 1893 photographs this talk will concentrate on his analysis and impressions of life in British Columbia, starting with Vancouver and then the Okanagan.

BIO: Professor Maury Williams:  taught history at Okanagan College, Okanagan University College, and UBC Okanagan, including courses on the Habsburgs (re Franz Ferdinand).  Retired as Professor Emeritus (History), UBCO; author, MYRA’S MEN (plus two books & numerous articles on National Socialism).

Through the summer of 2019, the Grist Mill and Gardens will be hosting a series of informative talks about the natural and cultural history of the Okanagan/Similkameen featuring some exceptional and engaging speakers. All talks are free with admission.



July 7, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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