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March 2019
The British Columbia Historical Federation has provided a collective voice for its member societies since 1922.

BCHF conference schedule-at-a-glance posted

Native Sons Hall, Courtenay/Wikipedia

Planning on attending BCHF annual conference this June 7-9 in Courtenay, Comox, and Cumberland? Now you can view the schedule of speakers and field trips lined up. Registration opens soon. Watch our website for more information and to learn where you can book accommodations. New this conference — join the Ideas Fair! Set up a tabletop display to promote and share the happenings of your society with others.


AGM prep: Society annual reports due

Member societies are encouraged to submit a 2018 annual report to the BCHF so we can share with our membership the good work we’re all doing. Reports will be posted to the BCHF website and shared at the AGM on June 8 in Courtenay. Send your report to by May 29.


Heritage site stories sought for slide show

Do you own or manage a historic building, site, or natural/cultural feature? We’d like to showcase it during the 2019 Heritage BC Conference in Nanaimo! Were preparing a slide show of member-owned and managed sites to highlight the important role that non-profit historical societies play in conserving and sharing heritage in BC.

To submit your site/building/feature, send the following information to site name, location, owning/managing bodies, historical significance, one challenge and/or success you face, and one or two good quality photos. The submission deadline is March 31.


British Columbia History online extra: UVic’s law libraries

In this online exclusive to complement the current legal-themed issue of BC History, Caron Rollins looks back at the launch of the British Columbia Legal History Project at the University of Victoria, more than 40 years ago.


BCHF’s Gary Mitchell speaks to Royal BC Museum modernization

Royal British Columbia Museum

BCHF past president and provincial archivist emeritus Gary Mitchell was interviewed by CFAX 1070 about the BC government’s promise to modernize the Royal BC Museum, as announced in the throne speech.

Gary explains that “the decision to modernize the RBCM is fundamentally important to all of us in the province.” Documentary evidence and artifacts from the past are part of what it means to be a democratic society. Without these records and artifacts “we are lost,” as Gary puts it.

Listen to the interview by clicking the button below.

New member welcome

A warm welcome to our newest members for February.

Historical societies: Vernon Military History Society/Vernon Cadet Camp Museum (Vernon)

Corporate members: Lytton Chinese History Museum (Lytton)

Associate (individual) members: K. Arnold (Delta), M. Ens (Langley), J. Greig (Victoria), L.J. Hamilton (Pitt Meadows), L. McArthur (Victoria), L.L. Roff (Kamloops), K. Schumann (Richmond), J. Staines (Surrey), K. Staines (Surrey), K. Szabo (Pitt Meadows)



Valley Voices podcast: Brenda Smith and Dr. Chad Reimer

On March’s Valley Voices: uncovering family and community history with genealogist Brenda Smith, and historian Chad Reimer discusses his new book, Before We Lost The Lake — a compelling profile of what was once Sumas Lake.  

Valley Voices explores Fraser Valley people, places and stories and is a production of the Langley Heritage Society, hosted by former CBC Radio broadcaster Mark Forsythe. The program airs Wednesdays at 11 a.m. on CIVL 101.7 FM (University of the Fraser Valley) or click below to listen online.


Walker marks 65 years with Vancouver Historical Society

In their February newsletter, the Vancouver Historical Society recognized the long-standing membership of 98-year old Elizabeth Walker — still an active member of the society after 65 years … and counting!


BCHF members receive awards in Prince George

Congratulations to BCHF members Helen Raptis and Trelle A. Morrow, recipients of 2019 Jeanne Clarke Local History Awards presented by the Prince George Public Library.


BCHF members receive Heritage BC awards

We are pleased to announce the following BC Historical Federation members received Heritage BC Awards this year: 

Heritage Conservation:

Bill Yeo, president, Kootenay Lake Historical Society, for his involvement in the SS Moyie fire suppression replacement project (Kaslo)

Erica Williams, President, Maple Ridge Historical Society, and Brenda Smith, chair, Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission, for their involvement in Haney House (Maple Ridge)

Distinguished Service:

Tom Lymbery (Gray Creek), president, Gray Creek Historical Society



Diver discovers historic anchor off Quadra Island

Is a rusted, barnacle-encrusted anchor discovered last month from a Spanish galleon or a longboat used by explorers like Capt. George Vancouver? Either way, it may be bound for the Campbell River Museum. Click the button below to read more and see a short video from the Campbell River Mirror.


Heritage BC grants open soon

The 2019 intake for Heritage BC’s Heritage Legacy Fund will open on March 18 and close May 17. All potential applicants must be contact Heritage BC’s Laura Saretsky, program manager, to verify eligibility and receive instructions for the online application by May 10.

All information is available on the Heritage BC website or by clicking the following links:

To learn more about the Heritage Legacy Fund, click the button below.


BC Studies launches new website

Interested in all things British Columbia? Be sure to check out the new BC Studies website. It includes 50 years of publications. You can browse articles, purchase back issues, and purchase subscriptions online.


BC Archives turns 125

2019 marks the 125th anniversary of the passing of the legislation that established the Legislative Library. It soon became known as the Provincial Library and was the birth of what became the BC Archives.

View a video on CHEK News by clicking the button below.


The Burrard Inlet floating post office

BCHF director Ron Hyde looks at the fascinating history of one of Canada’s most unusual post offices, which operated until 1971 on the steamer Scenic and maintained the regular mail and passenger service to various isolated communities in the north arm of Burrard Inlet.


Claiming the Land wins Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize

Daniel Marshall has won a significant award for his book Claiming The Land: British Columbia and the Making of a New El Dorado, which re-examines the 1858 Fraser River Valley gold rush.

The Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Book on British Columbia comes with a $2,500 award, to be presented in April. Years ago, Marshall won a scholarship from the BCHF. He’s now an adjunct professor of history at UVic.


Nelson landmark to close

Wait’s News proprietors Mari and Jim Plamondon have learned that they must vacate their historic premises by the end of the year. Tyler Harper/Nelson Star

A lunch counter that has operated at Nelson’s busiest intersection since 1939 has received an eviction notice. Wait’s News, which has barely changed in that time, will close by year’s end. Click the button to read more in the Nelson Star.


Japanese internment told through augmented reality

East of the Rockies is an experimental augmented-reality narrative written by author Joy Kogawa, 83, and narrated by her granddaughter, Anne Canute, 21. Together they tell the story of Yuki, a 17-year-old girl forced from her home and made to live in the Slocan internment camp during the Second World War. East of the Rockies is now available exclusively on the iOS App Store.


Advertize in the BCHF Buzz

The BCHF offers a number of advertising opportunities in our e-newsletter, which is distributed to our entire membership monthly. Advertisements are jpeg images sized to 600 px wide for electronic distribution. To submit an advertisement contact Greg Nesteroff:

Members enjoy discounted advertising rates. Choose 12 months for the best deal:

1-3 months = $100 each ($100-$300 annually)
4 months = $90 each ($360 annually)
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Rates for non-members are as follows:

1-3 months = $150 each ($150-$450 annually)
4 months = $140 each ($560 annually)
6 months = $130 each ($780 annually)
8 months = $120 each ($960 annually)
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