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Welcome to our newest members!
A warm welcome to our newest members, who joined the BCHF in August:
Associates (individuals): M. Asuncion (Vancouver), K. Brackley (Coquitlam), W. Draheim (Richmond), D. Howard (Kamloops), N. Howard (Kamloops), C.M. Ingal (Surrey), K. Jersey (Kaslo), M. Luk (Vancouver), S. Rockliff (Coombs), K. Rezansoff (Delta), I. Rogers (Vancouver), D. Stinson (Peachland)
Chemainus Valley Museum expansion opens
Congratulations to the Chemainus Valley Historical Society and partners on the grand opening of the newly expanded Chemainus Valley Museum! The museum now boasts twice the display space and twice storage space for its collection of exclusively donated items.
Langley Heritage Society celebrates 40 years
Fort Langley’s 1915 CNR Station is one of the most visited sites in Fort Langley and was one of the Langley Heritage Society’s first restoration projects. (LHS photo)
Sept. 19 will mark 40 years since a handful of people gathered to create the Langley Heritage Society. They were dedicated to preserving local historic buildings, natural landscapes and historic roads, at a time when urbanization was ramping up in the Fraser Valley.
A Cortes Island artifact query
Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society president Lynne Jordan has a number of artifacts from her great-grandfather (born in the 1860s, died 1943), one of which she is completely puzzled about. Can you identify the mystery object?
Valley Voices journeys to historic Clayburn
The cast of Wheels of Time
Valley Voices journeys this month to historic Clayburn, B.C.’s first company town, built in 1905. Also, listen to an excerpt from Langley Heritage Society’s Wheels of Time — a short play presented by Creative Compass Society at the 1915 CNR Station in Fort Langley. Click the button below to listen.
HISTORICAL NEWS & NOTES
Heritage BC presents lifetime achievement awards
Heritage BC recently honoured longtime Victoria city councillor Pamela Madoff and archaeologist Bjorn Simonsen with lifetime achievement awards.
Nelson’s Frances Welwood named Notable Woman
From left, Alison Hutchison, Frances Welwood and Cathy Leugner are seen at the Canadian Federation of University Women centennial.
Longtime BC Historical Federation member Frances Welwood was recognized as one of the Canadian Federation of University Women’s 100 Notable Women, as the organization marked its centennial in Winnipeg.
Funding announced for Fort Langley Heritage Centre
Sketch of the proposed new cultural centre and museum complex in Fort Langley.
The Township of Langley will soon be home to a new cultural complex. Cloverdale–Langley City MP John Aldag has announced $3 million in federal support for a new cultural centre and museum complex near the Fort Langley National Historic Site.
Feds to fund new Vancouver Chinatown museum
Sketch of renovations to 168 East Pender Street, the proposed home of the Vancouver Chinatown Storytelling Centre. Vancouver Chinatown Foundation
The federal government will provide $500,000 toward the creation of the Vancouver Chinatown Storytelling Centre.
A look at the Chung collection
A feature by John Mackie in The Vancouver Sun
looks at the collecting passions of Wallace Chung
. Among the items he has amassed is the bill of sale for the first real estate sold to a person of Chinese descent in Canada.
BC Genealogical Society plans open house
You are invited to an open house of the BC Genealogical Society to be held Friday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, 211-12837 76th Avenue.
Over the past year, the library has received many new donations and colleections, and now has 20,000 books, about 10,000 journals and many online reference tools. For more information call 604-502-9119.
First People’s Cultural Council offers heritage grant program
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is offering its first ever Indigenous cultural heritage grant program. The programs include Indigenous heritage micro-grants and A Sense of Place: Reconnecting the Land through Indigenous Cultural Heritage, with a deadline of Oct. 18.
How to make a case for heritage
has just released A Guide to Making a Case for Heritage
. The guide provides a framework, data and activities to help organizations make a compelling case for heritage in their communities. Find it by clicking the button below.
Bag with historic items from North Vancouver stolen
North Vancouver Museum and Archives
A duffle bag containing items with historic significance but little monetary value was stolen this month from a North Vancouver Museum and Archives employee.
Scholarship winner explores Delta’s shipbuilding past
BC Ferries’ Spirit of British Columbia was built in 1993. Wikipedia photo
A look into the history of shipbuilding in Delta has earned a South Delta Secondary grad this year’s Delta Heritage Advisory Commission scholarship.
Website highlights Northern BC cultural attractions
A new website highlighting Northern BC’s premier museums, galleries and cultural attractions has been launched. It includes two BCHF member societies: The Exploration Place and Mackenzie and District Museum.
Rolling through Cranbrook in luxurious history
Table setting at Cranbrook History Centre. Wikimedia Commons
The Toronto Star recently checked out the Cranbrook History Centre.
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