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


BCHF’s Surrey conference cancelled

In light of the evolving public health situation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the British Columbia Historical Federation, in consultation with the Surrey Historical Society, has cancelled our June 5 to 7 conference. We are still working on our historical writing, scholarship, legacy fund, and recognition awards, and award winners will be announced in the upcoming months.

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Revised BCHF media kit now online

We have updated our media kit for advertising in British Columbia History and the Buzz and sponsoring the BCHF Awards Gala. Download the rate card and other information by clicking the button below.

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Welcome to our newest members

A warm welcome to our new members, who joined the BC Historical Federation in January and February.

Associates: J. Aldag (Langley), M. Bergerson (Surrey), C. Bonnett (Abbotsford), J. Boschman (White Rock), S. Chong (Markham, Ont.), P. Epp (Coquitlam), J. Forbes (Trail), M. Gilham (Langley), D. Hatlelid (North Vancouver), A. McAllister-Hoem (Langley), D. Miller (Surrey), S. Ng (Vancouver), A. Pivetta (Surrey), G. Sims (Surrey), K. W. E. Siu (New Westminster), S. Sponaugle (Kamloops), J. Stocking (Langley), D. Swallow (White Rock), P. Tassie (Coldstream), J. Teigen (Coquitlam), S. Tereposky (Abbotsford), B. Tsui (Markham, Ont.), J. B. H. Wong (Burnaby)


Member organizations respond to COVID-19

Many of our member museums, archives, and other organizations have closed due to concerns over COVID-19. An incomplete list includes:

Point Ellice House, closed for at least the rest of March.

• The Saanich Pioneer Society’s Log Cabin Museum, closed until further notice. A March 22 talk and tea has been postponed.

Touchstones Nelson, closed for at least two weeks. Its April 14 AGM is postponed until further notice.

Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives, Arrow Lakes Historical Society archives, Agassiz-Harrison Museum, and Nanaimo Museum, all closed until further notice.

Additionally, the Royal BC Museum and BC Archives is closed until further notice, but is stepping up all of its digital services.

Pacific Maritime Centre planned for Langford

Performing Arts Centre concept image by Chris Gower, architect and urban design planner

The City of Langford and the Maritime Museum of BC have entered into a memorandum of understanding for the proposed construction of a state-of-the-art maritime museum, conference centre and performing arts theatre in Langford.

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Langley Heritage Society hosts photo contest

This shot of Glover Road in Fort Langley by Lou Fasullo was the first entry in the Langley Heritage Society 40th anniversary photo contest.

The Langley Heritage Society is celebrating 40 years of work preserving and restoring Langley’s heritage by hosting a photo contest. The contest highlight’s Langley’s heritage structures, heritage landscapes, and people. The contest closes on Monday, May 4 at 10 p.m.

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Japanese-Canadian War Memorial turns 100

A ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 9 at 1 p.m. to mark the centennial of the Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The cenotaph is a National Historic Monument and on Heritage BC’s Register of Japanese Canadian Historic Places.  

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Valley Voices speaks to Sam George and searches for sasquatch

Robert Reyerse at the Sasquatch Museum, Harrison Hot Springs

This month, Langley Heritage Society’s Valley Voices introduces you to Chief Dan George’s great-grandson, Sam George who is an Aboriginal support worker in Langley School District. Then, head off to the Harrison Sasquatch Museum at Harrison Hot Springs. Click the link below to listen.

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BC Studies grants open access

Self-isolated due to COVID-19? BC Studies has decided to temporarily grant open access to all of their content. If you are looking for something to read, click the button below.

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Kootenay/Columbia digital history collections unveiled

A trove of Kootenay/Columbia Digitized History is now available online from the same folks who brought you Digitized Okanagan History. Included are more than 5,000 photographs, maps, manuscripts, videos, and interviews from Nelson, Creston, Kaslo, Nakusp, New Denver, Silverton, and Trail.

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Featured historic site: Mordern Colliery Historic Park

The remains of the Morden Mine Tipple and Headframe are located in the park, located approximately ten kilometres south of Nanaimo. An early example of the use of reinforced concrete in industrial construction, the headframe and tipple are the only such remains in Canada.

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Rossland Miners’ hall named national heritage site

Mayor Kathy Moore and Parks Canada representative Dwight Bourdin unveil a plaque that will adorn the side of the Rossland Miners’ Hall. Photo: John Boivin/Rossland News

The Government of Canada has commemorated the national historic significance of the Rossland Miners’ Union Hall. Built in 1898 as a place to hold union meetings, the Miners’ Union Hall testifies to the local union’s determined battle for miners’ rights in the Kootenay.

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Artifacts uncovered near Williams Lake could be 4,000 years old

This arrowhead was one of 3,200 artifacts collected between July and October of last year. Monica Lamb-Yorski/Williams Lake Tribune

One of last year’s mudslides near the newly completed Highway 97 project south of Williams Lake revealed a house platform and artifacts, some dating back almost 4,000 years.

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Peer-less home wins North Vancouver heritage award

736 East Third St. in North Vancouver. Google Street View

The City of North Vancouver has presented Greg and Sarah Cormie, owners of the Peer home at 736 East Third St. with the municipality's 2020 Residential Conservation Award. In 2017, the Cormies restored the home, built in 1910 for lumberman Ross Rufus Peers.

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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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