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


In Nature’s Realm wins Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal


Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Book Awards Gala scheduled for the BCHF conference in Surrey this June, we are announcing the winners of the Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Awards early. The top prize goes to Michael Layland for In Nature’s Realm: Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island. Click the button below to learn the second and third place winners, honourable mentions, and winner of the Community History Award.

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Digital access to BC History magazine provided free

The BC Historical Federation has joined other organizations in urging all British Columbians to self-isolate and practice social distancing. To keep everyone engaged we are offering free access to the digital edition of the Spring 2020 and the forthcoming Summer 2020 issues of British Columbia History magazine.

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COVID-19: We’re here for you

Have questions about how the BCHF is responding to COVID-19? Wondering about the impacts on our annual conference, awards and recognition program, and Centennial Legacy Fund? Looking for more details about your travel medical policy with Johnson Inc.? Find the answers to these questions and more at COVID-19 - Questions & Answers.

We’re here for you during this challenging time. Don't hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns at info@bchistory.ca

Historical resources for coping with COVID-19

    Several organizations have put together pages to help us get through the pandemic:

    Tashme today

    Tashme Museum

    The Spring 2020 issue of British Columbia History featured a story on haiku poetry written in the Tashme Japanese-Canadian interment camp. We’ve posted a gallery of recent images of Tashme that we didn’t have room for in the magazine, courtesy Jacquie Pearce.

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    7th Canadian Cavalry Field Ambulance descendants sought

    The Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium is dedicated to British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in World War I whose graves are unknown.

    Dr. Hugh Whitney of St. John’s, Nfld. wrote us concerning the article From Private to Patient: One Soldier’s Story, about his grandfather Ralph Forrester, published in the Winter 2019 edition of BC History. He is seeking anyone who had a relative who served in his grandfather’s regiment.

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    Welcome to our newest members

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

    Associates: B. Fatkin (Abbotsford), K. Hannis (Vancouver), V. Hennell and R. Scott (Nanaimo), S. Magee (Vancouver), D. Marshall (Victoria), B. Smith (Maple Ridge), D. Stott (Vancouver), J. Vriend (Abbotsford), C. Wellbourn (Sidney)


    Staying connected and sharing your heritage during a pandemic

    BCHF director and Surrey Historical Society president Michael Gibbs says now is a good time to look around for old letters, photos, and journals.

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    Nanaimo Historical Society presents distinguished service awards

    Pamela Marr accepts her award from Mayor Leonard Krog and city councillor Ian Thorpe

    At their annual general meeting on March 12, the Nanaimo Historical Society presented Distinguished Service Awards to Pamela Mar and Gordon Miller for their long-term service to the Society.

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    Ivy to be removed from Nelson courthouse

    Nelson’s courthouse, built in 1908 and covered with ivy, is one of the city’s most picturesque buildings.

    A few years after the ivy was removed from the Empress Hotel in Victoria, another Francis Rattenbury-designed building is due to lose its foliage.

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    Marking Sikh Heritage Month

    While COVID-19 forced an indefinite postponement of Sikh Heritage Month events in BC, you can still check out the associated Facebook page. It aims to celebrate the contributions and aspirations of all Sikh-Canadians and develop a greater understanding for a rich, unique and diverse heritage.

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    Maillardville heritage home faces demolition

    1125 Cartier Avenue in Coquitlam’s Maillardville neighbourhood. (Google Street View)

    Coquitlam city council has approved a temporary protection order for a home at 1125 Cartier Avenue, preventing any alterations to the property while the city negotiates with the owner to preserve the heritage home.

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    Springhouse School, 1935

    Thomas Donald Sale, with students at Springhouse School, circa 1936. (Sale family photo)

    Barry Sale recalls his father’s days teaching in a one-room school in the Cariboo. 

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    Langley student earns educational excursion to Belgium and France

    Una Chang, a Grade 12 student, earned a trip to Belgium and France through the Vimy Ridge Foundation. (Alexandru Stratulat/Langley Advance Times)

    Langley high school studen, Una Chang has won the national Vimy Pilgrimage Award — a fully funded educational program that takes place in Belgium and France during the week leading up to Vimy Ridge Day.

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    Blasting through the West Kootenay


    In the early days of construction, highways were built by hand. (Photo courtesy Beaver Valley and Pend d’Oreille Historical Society)

    Eighty years ago, construction began on a section of Highway 3B now known as the Montrose cutoff.

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