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

Kwantlen U presents Jane Watt with honorary degree

BC Historical Federation past president K. Jane Watt was presented with an honorary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University at their fall convocation.

Watt is the author of many regional history books including Surrey: A City of Stories, a finalist for the Roderick Haig Brown prize. 

“Dr. Watt has achieved much that is outstanding in her field of local historical research,” says nominator Diane Purvey, dean in the faculty of arts at KPU.



Nominations sought for BCHF awards, scholarship

Several BCHF awards and funds have Dec. 31 deadlines. Click the button below to learn more about the Centennial Legacy Fund, the Best Website Award, the Historical Writing Competition, the News and Media Award, and the W. Kaye Lamb Award for Best Student Works.



Welcome to our newest members!

A warm welcome to our newest members, who joined the BCHF in September:

Associates (individuals): A. Chin (Vancouver), C.W. Chin (Vancouver), K. Harrap (Surrey), G. Hrennikoff (Vancouver), K. Parker (Bowser)



Time capsule unearthed at Shaughnessy Elementary

In time for the 100th anniversary of Shaughnessy Elementary in Vancouver, a time capsule has been retrieved from the building cornerstone.



A look inside the Sirdar general store

The Sirdar general store, a Kootenay Lake landmark and time capsule is for sale for $200,000. Read more about the history of this building and the artifacts that it is stuff with in this story by John Mackie of The Vancouver Sun.



Nelson heritage building rises from the ashes

Chad Hansen is one of the co-owners of a heritage building that is soon to reopen following a devastating fire in 2010. Courtesy Nelson Star

A 1921 building in Nelson that has been vacant since a major fire nine years ago is set to reopen later this year as a craft beer/whiskey pub.



Royal BC Museum plans remembrance-related events

Paul Ferguson will lead a tour of Victoria sites related to World War I as one in a series of upcoming events organized by the Royal BC Museum.

The Royal BC Museum has several events in the works leading up to Remembrance Day, including the story of Boeing in BC, the stories of 12 men from the Nicola Valley who died in World War I, and a tour of downtown Victoria sites related to World War I.


Capturing Prince Rupert’s labour history

Prince Rupert labour history walking tour participants at City Hall. 

In early September, the BC Labour Heritage Centre offered the first Prince Rupert labour history walking tour. They also conducted interviews with nine local labour activists. The walking tour will be digitized on the BC Labour History Walking Tours App in the coming weeks. The oral history interviews will be transcribed and archived with Simon Fraser University.


Nuxalk First Nation seeks return of ‘family treasures’

The Nuxalk First Nation is reclaiming a totem pole from the Royal BC Museum carved by hereditary chief Snuxyaltwa. A ceremony was held last week to mark the start of a repatriation process.


Map completed of historic Trail neighbourhood

A map of Trail’s historic Gulch neighbourhood has been completed and installed outside the Colombo Lodge.

Fred Romano, who has been working on the project for years, says the map identifies many businesses and families who called the area home.

The Gulch is the area along Rossland Avenue in West Trail and has long been the epicentre of the city’s Italian community. The first immigrants arrived around the turn of the 20th century.


BC History Digitization Program calls for applications

The British Columbia History Digitization Program is now accepting submissions for project funding. The program, launched by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in 2006, provides matching funds to support projects that make unique British Columbia content freely available.


‘Giant Lego blocks’ used to stabilize Morden Colliery

After 16 years of hard work, a not-for-profit society has succeeded in bringing together multiple levels of government, structural engineers, heritage consultants, and volunteers to save the 106-year-old Morden Colliery near Nanaimo.



Fred Herzog (1930-2019)

Fred Herzog, known for his colour photographs of Vancouver life beginning in the 1950s, has died at 88.


Betty Walker (1921-2019)

Betty Walker, past president of the Vancouver Historical Society and a member for 65 years, has died at 98. Click the button below for her full obituary.





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