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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.