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


Patricia Roy receives Medal of Good Citizenship


Patricia Roy/Black Press

University of Victoria professor emerita Patricia Roy is one of 18 people from around B.C. announced as recipients of the province’s 2019 Medal of Good Citizenship. She was president of the Victoria Historical Society and the Friends of the B.C. Archives, and is both a past president and past honorary president of the B.C. Historical Federation.
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Apply to the Centennial Legacy Fund by Dec. 31

Do you have a proposal for a BC history project? Apply to the BCHF’s Centennial Legacy Fund by Dec. 31 and get to work sharing and preserving public history in British Columbia.

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Marketing toolkit available for BCHF scholarship

Would your institution like to help spread the word about the BCHF W. Kaye Lamb Scholarship? Look no further! The BCHF team has created a social media graphic and poster that institutions can use to promote the scholarship.

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It happened one Christmas in Sweetwater

Dayle Sheridan during her teaching days.

A BC History magazine online extra: Dayle Sheridan writes about Christmas 1949 while teaching at a one-room school 17 miles north of Dawson Creek.

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Credit where credit is due

BCHF Council would like to extend its warmest wishes to members over the holiday season, and we’d like to thank some special people who have been part of our work over the past year:

• Mark Costales and the team at Johnson Insurance for support across the years and for making the time to attend our 2019 conference. 

• Bill Glasgow, of William Glasgow Design, for his vision and patience in the design of BC History magazine.  

• Readers Panel members and the proofing team for being helpful elves who always make the magazine better.

Deborah Griffiths and Gillian Miller of Courtenay and District Paleontology Centre for saying yes to hosting our 2019 conference and working tirelessly with us to pull together an amazing weekend. 

• Daryl Hatton of ConnectionPoint.

• Jon Ambler and Carole Popkin and all the Mikes at the Comox Air Force Museum who welcomed us and let us board their planes. 

• The Comox and District Museum, Cumberland Museum, and Filberg House for opening their doors to us during the 2019 conference.  

• Tanya Faurot of Strategic Site Solutions who makes sure our delegates have access to great hotels.

• Ryan Gallagher of Surrey Archives and Lynn Saffrey of Museum of Surrey and the hard-working members of the Surrey Historical Society for saying yes to hosting our 2020 conference. 

• Gail Algoso, our kind and efficient contact at Datacore. 

Craig Shemilt at Island Blue Print Company for his good humour and attention to detail.

• Volunteer readers for our best article prize and scholarship, especially Robin Anderson. 

• Our book prize judges.  

• Paul Ferguson who helps make our Community Legacy Fund fly.

• The British Columbia Museums Association. 

• And the quiet energy of Paul Gravett and the whole Heritage BC team who keep the sector pulling in the same direction.

Welcome to our newest members!

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

Associates: D. Jones (Vernon), P. Kung (Vancouver)



Valley Voices talks to Jean Barman, Kobi Christian

Kobi Christian

This month on Valley Voices: historian Jean Barman on her new book, Invisible Generations, and Langley Centennial Museum curator Kobi Christian takes us inside the new exhibit Langley Collects. Valley Voices is a monthly production of the Langley Heritage Society, hosted by former CBC broadcaster Mark Forsythe. Click the button for a link to the show.

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Historic Nicola Valley church to be rebuilt thanks to donation

A 143-year-old church in the Merritt area that burned down in a January fire believed to have been deliberately set will be rebuilt thanks to an anonymous $50,000 donation.

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Plaque commemorates 1909 railway disaster

 Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley, deputy consul general Masayo Tada, and Joey Hartman of the BC Labour Heritage Centre. Facebook photo

The BC Labour Heritage Centre and City of Burnaby Heritage Commission unveiled a new plaque recently that recalls the tragic rail disaster in 1909 that killed 23 workers of Japanese descent and the racist response from the community.
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T’xwelátsé: We Have to Learn to Live Together in a Good Way

The Chilliwack Museum’s permanent gallery features the ongoing exhibition T’xwelátsé: We Have to Learn to Live Together in a Good Way. The exhibit, based on the lesson by Stone T’xwelátsé: an ancestor of the Stó:lō, encourages visitors to imagine what the meeting of these two world viewpoints resulted in as thousands of newcomers gathered in the Chilliwack area during the 1858 gold rush.

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Name change considered for Port Alberni elementary school

School District 70 trustees are thinking again about renaming A.W. Neill Elementary School, named for an MP who supported residential schools and the internment of Japanese Canadians and opposed Asian immigration to Canada.

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Redevelopment project proposed for Victoria heritage buildings

The Ducks Block and Canada Hotel/Wikimedia Commons

A redevelopment plan for the Ducks building in Victoria would see a building next door demolished, much to the dismay of a heritage advocate.

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Provincial anti-racism network launched

During BC Multiculturalism Week, Premier John Horgan announced the launch of the Resilience BC, a new provincial anti-racism network. The new anti-racism network will offer a multi-faceted, province-wide approach that will provide greater focus and leadership in identifying and challenging racism.

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Apply to have your story hosted by the Virtual Museum of Canada

The Virtual Museum of Canada is proud to launch a new call for proposals as part of its small Community Stories investment stream. If you are a small community museum or heritage organization, you could receive an investment of $15,000 to share your story online. The deadline is Feb. 5.

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The BCHF offers a number of advertising opportunities in our e-newsletter, which is distributed to our entire membership monthly. Advertisements are jpeg images sized to 600 px wide for electronic distribution. To submit an ad, contact Greg Nesteroff: greg@bchistory.ca

Members enjoy discounted advertising rates. Choose 12 months for the best deal:

1-3 months = $100 each ($100-$300 annually)
4 months = $90 each ($360 annually)
6 months = $80 each ($480 annually)
8 months = $70 each ($560 annually)
12 months = $50 each ($600 annually)

Rates for non-members are as follows:

1-3 months = $150 each ($150-$450 annually)
4 months = $140 each ($560 annually)
6 months = $130 each ($780 annually)
8 months = $120 each ($960 annually)
12 months = $100 each ($1,200 annually)

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