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Peachland Little Schoolhouse Society
The Little Schoolhouse is located at 1898 Brandon Ave,
just off of 5th St, right beside the church
and behind the Seniors Housing Society complex.
- Chairman: Sharon McPhee
- Co-chair: Linda Norden
- Secretary: Gwen Bodnarek
- Treasurer: Alicia Conrad
- Rentals: Linda Norden
- Gardener: Linda Norden/Barb Opinko
- Bin Chief: Ellen Coleman
Little Schoolhouse - Photo by Stephen Conrad
The Little Schoolhouse was built in 1898 and served the students of Peachland until 1908 when the Primary School on Beach Ave was built. St. Margaret’s Anglican Church used the building until 1991 and it was transferred to the District in 1997 and slated for demolition. A group of volunteers formed the “Friends of the Little Schoolhouse Society” and offered to restore the building at no cost to the taxpayers. Following substantial renovations, the “Friends” formed the “Peachland Little Schoolhouse Society” in November 2001. Their mandate was to maintain the building at no cost to the municipality, and ensure that it was used for artistic, cultural and community events.
The natural lighting from six large windows together with track lighting is remarkable -- a unique place for artisans to work, demonstrate, and exhibit their crafts. For the past ten years, the Peachland Little Schoolhouse (PLS) Society has featured the Summer Arts Program, dedicating July and August to local artists and giving them free use of the school. The program is sponsored by the Peachland Community Arts Council who pay the rent for July and August. Every Sunday, tea is served on the patio from 1–4 pm (using locally donated fruit) with local artists in attendance.
With the exception of July and August, the PLS is available, at reasonable rates, for local groups to rent the facility for meetings, retreats, some sport activities (karate, yoga, dance), cultural events (workshops, small exhibits), as well as small private and company parties and weddings.
During the fall and winter, the Peachland Community Arts Council sponsors a series of adult workshops in the Little Schoolhouse as well.