BCHF goes back to the future in Surrey in 2020
Save the date: June 5-7, 2020 is the next annual conference of the BC Historical Federation, to be hosted in Surrey. The theme of the conference is Back to the Future: Celebrating Heritage in the 21st Century.
A tour of the new digital edition of British Columbia History
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Welcome to our newest members!
A warm welcome to our newest members, who joined the BCHF in May:
Societies: West Coast Ringette Historical Society
Associates (individuals): E. Antifaev (Surrey), C. Befus (Salmon Arm), T. Flesher (Mission), L. Lau (Vancouver), J. McCallum (Langley), P. Rutz (Langley), J. Stephens (Maple Ridge)
Buddhist monument to be dedicated in Slocan cemetery
On Sunday, July 28, a Buddhist minister will bless a new monument created for the Slocan Valley Historical Society, commemorating Japanese Canadians cremated at Slocan during the internment era.
The cedar post replaces a similar monument that has been in place at the east end of village’s cemetery since 1986. The original memorial on the site was created by the Slocan Buddhist Mission Society 75 years ago.
Pictured, Rev. Orai Fujikawa paints characters on a new memorial to Japanese-Canadians cremated in the Slocan cemetery in 1942-43.
The search for Alphonse Savard photos
The Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique is looking for examples of the work of Vancouver photographer Alphone Savard, who operated Imperial Photo Studio during the 1880s-1900s.
Valley Voice’s July podcast discovers Bad Rock tours
Summer is an ideal time to explore the Fraser Valley and its fascinating history. On the July edition of Valley Voices, host Mark Forsythe discovers more about the Bad Rock Tours into Stó:lō traditional territory conducted by Naxaxalhts’i (aka Sonny McHalsie).
And Kelly Pearce from the Hope Mountain Centre describes the revitalization of the Hudson Bay Company’s Heritage Trail that once linked fur traders between the coast and interior. Now you can hike and camp along the trail from Hope to Tulameen. To hear the episode, click the button below.
Pictured, welcome figures greet you at the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre, Sardis.
Countdown on to Gray Creek Museum Days
Gray Creek Hall. Photo: Bohdan Doval
Every July, the Gray Creek Historical Society hosts a pop-up museum at the historic Gray Creek Hall on Kootenay Lake. This year’s event is Friday through Monday, July 26 to 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Come and discover brand new displays, featuring recent donations.
Vancouver Maritime Museum launches new online database
The Vancouver Maritime Museum has launched a public online database for its collection at vmcollections.com. This new website makes public artifacts, archives and other reference materials for researchers, other museum professionals and the general public.
North Vancouver’s Streetcar 153 returns
NVMA 15101: Streetcars 153 & 156, Lonsdale Avenue & Windsor Road, June 1946. Photographer Charles Smallwood
On July 1, North Vancouver residents saw their beloved historic Streetcar 153 for the first time in decades. Riding on a flatbed truck, the refurbished car was featured in the community’s Canada Day parade.
New exhibit to open at National Nikkei Museum
More than 25 individual and family stories, accompanied by rare and previously inaccessible personal belongings are part of a new exhibit opening July 20 at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby. Discover unique stories of arrival and heroism in the face of racism.
HISTORICAL NEWS & NOTES
Fund started for HMCS Alberni Museum following flood
A GoFundMe campaign is underway for the HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial in Courtenay following a flash flood last week that inundated the building. While no artifacts were damaged, the floor was ruined and must be replaced, which is not covered by insurance.
Boom! goes the Britannia Mine Museum
BOOM!, a new special-effects show, sheds light — plus sound, vibration and whole lot of wonder — on the fascinating history of the Britannia mine and mill, just outside Squamish.
Dr. Robert McDonald
We are saddened to announce that we have lost a long-standing member of the Friends of the BC Archives, and past president and program director of the Vancouver Historical Society. Dr. Robert A. J. (Bob) McDonald, an eminent BC historian, passed away on June 18 in Vancouver.
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