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

BCHF conference registration now open

Downtown Cumberland, ca. 1940s. Image MSC130-2671-01 courtesy of the BC Postcards Collection, a digital initiative of Simon Fraser University Library

Join us in Courtenay, Cumberland and Comox from June 6-9! Registration is now open for annual conference. Learn more about conference and view package options on our conference pages. Some tours are already filling up. Registration closes on May 15. Nominations for new BCHF directors need to be received by May 8. 


BCHF annual general meeting

Our annual general meeting is upcoming on June 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay. All BCHF members are invited to attend. Stay tuned for more information about AGM voting, registration, and programming.


Keynote speakers

BCHF conference keynote speakers are Daryl Hatton, CEO of Fundraz, an award-winning online fundraising platform that helps people and organizations raise money for causes they care about; and Karen Aird of the First People’s Cultural Council, whose talk is entitled Not Just Stones and Beads: Recognizing, Revitalizing and Protecting Indigenous Cultural Heritage in BC.


Treasurer wanted

Ken Welwood, the Federation's long-time treasurer, has decided to take a well-deserved retirement from this portfolio. Please look to your networks to see if we can find a person of Ken's calibre to take over as treasurer. For more information, contact


The Media is the (Heritage) Message

Mark Forsythe will represent the BC Historical Federation at the Heritage BC conference in May and hosting a storytelling panel entitled “The Media is the (Heritage) Message.” Mark will also assist with the opening plenary discussion about the status of the state of heritage in BC. BCHF president Jane Watt is also attending and vice-president Caroline Ross is doing a Heritage SLAM presentation highlighting some of the buildings that BCHF members own or maintain.


New member welcome

A warm welcome to our newest members for March.

Associate (individual) members: G. Arnold (White Rock), C. Hodge (Surrey), M. G. Lam (Vancouver), K. Lee (Coquitlam), M. Matesan (Burnaby), A. Pickard (Omakau, New Zealand), H. W. So (Port Coquitlam), A. Tang (Vancouver); S. and L. Williams (Parksville), J. Wong (Surrey), Y. Wong (Port Coquitlam), D. Yeung (Vancouver)



Valley Voices podcast: Michael Gibbs and Nancy Hildebrand

Nancy Hildebrand and son Caleb.

On April’s Valley Voices: the Surrey Historical Society has launched a series of Memory Socials that connect people and neighbourhoods. Valley Voices hears what they’re learning, and the story of a former slave family that lived in Cloverdale from society president Michael Gibbs.

Also, Fort Langley National Historic Site has created a special place for kids to have fun — and learn some history. Nancy Hildebrand and son Caleb give us a tour.

The program airs Wednesdays at 11 a.m. on CIVL 101.7 FM (University of the Fraser Valley) or click below to listen online.


Nanaimo Historical Society wins Honour in Heritage award

On April 18 the Nanaimo Historical Society will receive the City of Nanaimo’s new Honour in Heritage award, which recognizes “individuals, groups and corporations who demonstrate outstanding support, advocacy, promotion or interpretation of Nanaimo’s heritage and history.”


Prince George museum hopes to go digital

The Exploration Place in Prince George wants to modernize its archives by digitizing around 900,000 items. Read more on CBC News by clicking below.



Friends of BC Archives release report on improving access

The Friends of the BC Archives have released a report recommending changes to the reproduction and licensing fees at the Royal BC Museum. FBCA members have raised concerns about the accessibility of archival images under the current reproduction fee schedule and policy.


Royal BC Museum modernization: Have your say

The provincial government is asking for your opinion about the future of the Royal BC Museum. It follows an announcement in February that the government plans to modernize the museum, to protect its historic holdings and provide better access to its collections. 


Society for Museum of Original Costume hosting Bizarre Bazar

Do you like vintage clothing? The BC Society for the Museum of Original Costume is holding its second annual Bizarre Bazaar on Sunday, May 26 in Vancouver.


BC Jewish history research prize calls for entries

The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC is pleased to announce a call for entries for the second annual BC Jewish History Research Prize. The deadline is Sept. 30. The winner gets $500.


Skipsey Heritage Collection

A project of the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Retired Teachers Association, the Skipsey Heritage Collection is a unique collection of over 3,000 historical teaching texts, memorabilia and photographs that document the evolution of the public education system.


UBC acquires personal archive of Hanne Wassermann Walker

UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections has acquired the personal archive of Hanne Wassermann Walker (1893-1985), a significant figure of pre-World War II Viennese cultural and social life.


Surrey’s history unfolds in time-lapse photo map

A new time-lapse map of historic Surrey was recently launched by Surrey’s heritage department and features 103 historic photos linked to an Earthstar Geographics map of the Lower Mainland. Read more in The Vancouver Sun by clicking below.



Jack Brown (1938-2019)

The Surrey Historical Society is saddened by the death of dedicated member and past president Jack Brown on March 22.

Jack was the creator of the award-winning historical website and was a tireless advocate for Surrey’s heritage. Jack will also be well remembered for his impactful teaching career at Lord Tweedsmuir.


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