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October 2018
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Belgium Remembered in BC lecture set for Passchendaele

BCHF member and historian Paul Ferguson will give a lecture entitled Belgium Remembered in British Columbia at the Memorial Museum in Passchendaele on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Paul has been presenting military, home front and remembrance history for many years. He has worked within the heritage field for 40 years and regularly provides his expertise to documentary and research projects.

Usually Paul’s presentations deliver these histories to audiences in his home province. This event will mark the first time that Paul brings British Columbia and its history of Belgian remembrance overseas.

Learn more about the Memorial Museum in Passchendaele 1917.

The Nation family monument at Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria. remembers Lt. George Walter Nation, killed at Zillebeke.
(P. Ferguson image)

2018 Arctic Awards gala at  Vancouver Maritime Museum

Get ready for Vancouver Maritime Museum’s second annual Arctic Awards Gala, taking place this Thursday and featuring the Northwest Passage Hall of Fame Awards.

This exciting evening fundraiser celebrates the heroic efforts of explorers who contributed to the discovery of the Northwest Passage.

The evening program includes:

  • Northwest Passage Hall of Fame award ceremony
  • unveiling of an exhibition on the history of Arctic exploration
  • food, a cash bar, live entertainment and music
  • silent auction with great prizes (wildlife tours, limited edition artwork from Cory Trépanier, cultural events tickets and more).

All proceeds support the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s educational and public programs and the preservation of museum collections, so join in and be generous.
Date and time: Oct. 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Dress code: Formal — 1940s style encouraged.
Tickets: $95 per person. Limited quantities available.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Arctic Awards Gala.


BC History Digitization Program accepting applications

The BC History Digitization Program is now accepting submissions for project funding. The program, launched by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to support projects that make unique British Columbia content freely available.

The program is accepting applications for 2019-20. Applicants can receive up to $15,000 of matching funds for their projects. Multi-year projects are accepted while each year of a project must still go through the adjudication process.

In 2018, the program awarded more than $170,000 for 18 projects. Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded more than $2 million of matching funds for more than 240 projects.

Applications are due by Monday, Dec. 17. Information about the application process as well as the guidelines and application form are available here.


Cost-sharing program for heritage places grant now open

Parks Canada has announced the national cost-sharing program for heritage places is now open to owners and eligible lessees of national historic sites, heritage lighthouses and heritage railway stations.

For 2019-20 please note that:

  • Applications must be submitted by or postmarked no later than Nov. 23, 2018;
  • Selected projects must take place between April 1 and Dec. 31, 2019;
  • Total funding available under the program will be approximately $1,000,000.

Visit the Parks Canada website for more information.


Theatre Under the Stars’ pop up museum

The curtain has just fallen on the stage of Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, where Theatre Under the Stars closed their 72nd season. But the history of the musicals, and the company which produces them, continues to live on.

Theatre Under the Stars is a semi-professional company in Vancouver that has been performing on the outdoor stage of Malkin Bowl for decades. In 2012, the board of directors launched a pop up museum as a way to display the impressive collection of archival material amassed and collected by longtime volunteer Cecilia Smith, including programs, handbills, old photographs, costumes, newspaper clippings, set maquettes, and more.

Read more about this museum and Cecilia and Roger Smith here.


Free speakers series offered in Burnaby

The Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby Public Library, and Burnaby Historical Society have teamed up this fall to offer a free speaker series on a variety of local history topics. Two events remain on the schedule:

Burquitlam Backyard Gardens & Farms
Oct. 17, 7-8pm
Cameron Library | 9523 Cameron Street

Chinese Canadian Stories
Oct. 24, 7-8pm
Bob Prittie Metrotown Library | 6100 Willingdon Ave

All of the events are free but registration is required. Call the library at 604-436-5400 to reserve your place.


David Parker (1945-2018)

Dave Parker, for 25 years a curator of history in the modern history division of the Royal BC Museum, died on Sept. 28. He was also archivist for the Township of Esquimalt until his retirement in 2010.

He was an author or co-author of several books, including First Water Tigers, the history of the Victoria Fire Department. He was an honourary member of the fire department and a member of its historical society.

Read the full obituary here.


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