Fall issue of British Columbia History coming soon
The Fall 2019 issue of British Columbia History features “Japanese Charcoal Making on Salt Spring Island,” by Chuck Tasaka; “The SS Catala, Union Steamship: A Personal Experience,” by Marg Nelson; “Doctor by Chance, Mystic by Choice,” by Jagessar Das in conversation with K. Jane Watt; “Catherine MacPhearson MacDonald Hughes: Kaslo City Councillor,” by Frances Welwood; “The Historical Soda Creek Cemetery,” by Marie Elliott and Lana Fox; “Uplands Park — A Magical Place,” by Barrie Moen, and more. Click below to buy or to subscribe.
Not Just Stones and Beads now available online
Karen Aird was the keynote speaker at the BC Historical Federation conference in Courtenay in May. Her presentation, entitled Not Just Stones & Beads, shared new strategies to conserve Indigenous heritage. The PowerPoint slides and accompanying notes can be downloaded by clicking the button below.
Welcome to our newest members!
A warm welcome to our newest members, who joined the BCHF in July:
Associates (individuals): A. Bowers (Qualicum Beach), J. Butler (Vancouver), R. Croft (Rock Creek), D. Lang (Victoria), R. Neilson (Gibsons), S. Picard (Abbotsford), R. Page (Campbell River), M. Scaia (Silverton)
Celebrating 20 years of the BC Dairy Historical Society
It has been 20 years since the the Dairy Industry Historical Society of BC was incorporated. Mike Yusko has written a history of the organization, which has produced two books, an award-winning website, and digitized many industry publications.
Valley Voices talks to Langley Heritage Society volunteers
On the August episode of Valley Voices, architect Tom Annandale (pictured) tours us through one of his favourite projects, the historic Stave Falls Powerhouse. And Gerry Landsman is a model railroader extraordinaire, who has been at the heritage CN Station in Fort Langley for 25 years. Click below to listen to the show.
HISTORICAL NEWS & NOTES
Province launches artifact database
Over 70,000 artifacts and heritage structures in British Columbia are now searchable online. The Heritage Branch has combined the collections of the Provincial Heritage Properties in one searchable web app.
Seen here: a kaleidoscope, c. 1873-80, owned by the O’Reilly family at Point Ellice House.
Stories sought about 150 Mile schoolhouse
150 Mile schoolhouse, 2011. historicplaces.ca
The summer student at the 150 Mile schoolhouse is collecting stories about the building, which dates to 1886.
Heritage BC recognizes Kaslo City Hall restoration
Kaslo City Hall, ca. 1920s, on a Gowen Sutton postcard
An eight-year restoration to Kaslo’s city hall, built in 1898, has won accolades from Heritage BC.
Parks Canada recruiting for Indigenous Advisory Council
Parks Canada is recruting for a new Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Council that will influence the future of policy, programs and initiatives related to history and heritage. The application deadline is Aug. 23.
Historic Nakusp farm threatened with closure
The Spicer farm. Carmen Petrie/Arrow Lakes News
The most prominent farm on the Arrow Lakes may have to shut down as a result of water restrictions imposed by the Village of Nakusp.
Century of BC’s sessional papers now accessible online
The British Columbia Sessional Papers, an annual collection of selected papers tabled in the Legislative Council of British Columbia and the Legislative Assembly, are now publicly accessible through UBC Library’s Open Collections.
Steve Lapshinoff (1943-2019)
Steve Lapshinoff, a prolific Doukhobor historian, has died at 76. Among his publications was a documentary report on the 1924 death of Peter (Lordly) Verigin and eight others in a train explosion at Farron. Lapshinoff transcribed every primary source document then available.
John Herd Thompson (1946-2019)
Dr. John Herd Thompson, a former history department chair at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has died at 72. His books included British Columbia: Land of Promises (2005, co-authored with Patricia Roy). He also taught at Simon Fraser University and McGill University and was a consultant on the Heritage Minutes series. He retired in 2012 and moved back to BC.
Gordon Butt (1936-2019)
who was for many years a director of both the Silvery Slocan and Sandon
historical societies, has died at 82. Read his full obituary in the Valley Voice (page 6) by clicking below.
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