February 2020
The British Columbia Historical Federation has provided a collective voice for its member societies since 1922.


Spring issue of BC History finds lost communities

The stories of lost communities still resonate today. The Spring 2020 “Lost Communities” issue of British Columbia History features “Haiku in Tashme: The Legacy of Sukeo (Sam) Sameshima,” by Jacqueline Pearce and Jean-Pierre Antonio; “A Forgotten Settlement in the Seymour Valley,” by Bob Muckle; “Cora Brown Subdivision, Sea Island, Richmond” by Eunice Robinson; “Eyewitnessing Forgotten History: Italian Canadian Internment Objects,” by Angela Clarke; “Lost Children of the Residential Schools” from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation; and “Disappearing Company Towns” by Jennifer L. Butler.

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Registration opens for BCHF Surrey 2020 conference

Parade through Cloverdale. Surrey Historical Society photograph

Come to the BC Historical Federation conference this June 4 to 6 in Cloverdale! A theme fitting for 2020, Surrey Historical Society and the BCHF bring you Back to the Future: Celebrating Heritage in the 21st Century. Registration is now open. Click the button below to register online. View conference schedule and details on the conference section of our website.

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BCHF Recognition Award nominations open

Do you know an individual or group who have made a significant contribution to the study or promotion of British Columbia history? Someone who has given exceptional service to the BCHF for a specific project or long service? Please nominate them for a Recognition Award! Nomination deadline is March 1. For award criteria or to submit a nomination, click the button below.

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Buzz archives now available

Previous editions of the BCHF Buzz (and its predecessor, the BCHF Newsletter) can now be found on the BCHF website dating back to 2015. Click below to see he archives. Thanks to our president Shannon Bettles for making this happen.

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Submissions sought for Boswell Beginnings and Beyond

The Boswell Historical Society board is planning to republish Boswell Beginnings, an out-of-print history of the Kootenay Lake community from 1986, with an addendum that will provide a glimpse of Boswell in 2020 and a little of what has happened locally since the publication of the original document.

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Cataline book ready to roll off the presses

Coming this spring from Caitlin Press is BC Historical Federation member Susan Smith Joseph‘s book Cataline: Uncovering the Life of BC’s Legendary Packer. Smith-Josephy reaches into BC’s pioneering past to share intriguing stories featuring famous mule train packer, Jean (Cataline) Caux.

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Langley Heritage Society’s Valley Voices February broadcast available

Métis artist and carver Patrick Calihou is building a York Boat at the National Historic Site similar to the ones his ancestors built and worked aboard.

February’s Valley Voices introduces a man building a York Boat or bateaux at the Fort Langley National Historic Site, and gives us a sneak preview of an historic sports fashion exhibit at Langley Centennial Museum. Click the button below to listen.

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Heritage BC recognizes Rossland’s Jackie Drysdale

Jackie Drysdale, former chair of the Rossland Heritage Commision (left), with Mayor Kathy Moore, Joanne Drystek of the Heritage Commission and Carol Albo, head of the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery Committee. Photo: Chelsea Novak/Rossland News

Jackie Drysdale, who recently retired as chair of the Rossland Heritage Commission, has been recognized by Heritage BC with a lifetime achievement award. Drysdale, who is also the city’s former mayor, has been involved in heritage promotion since the 1980s. 

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Royal BC Museum publications go digital

In an efforts to make their books more widely available and accessible, the Royal BC Museum has converted a number of their publications to e-books. Click the button below to see the list.

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Vancouver Heritage Foundation celebrates Heritage Week Feb. 17 to 23

Feb. 17-23 is Heritage Week in BC and across Canada. Vancouver Heritage Foundation is offering several events that explore and highlight the importance of Vancouver’s local history and heritage places and builds on this years theme, 2020 Vision: Bringing the Past into the Future.

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Gary Sim to present A Brief History of Visual Artists in BC

Serigraph (snow and tree) by W.P. Weston

Join artist, writer, and art historian Gary Sim for a special Heritage Week presentation in West Vancouver. On Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ferry Building Gallery (1414 Argyle Ave.) he will present an overview of his project, a digital finding aid to more than 19,000 visual artists in BC.

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Ross Brand, who spent most of his professional career at the Royal BC Museum as a staff archaeologist and later facilities services manager, died Jan. 23 at age 78.

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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

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Rates for non-members are as follows:

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