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


Register now for the BCHF AGM and kitchen party

Our 2020 annual general meeting will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. online via Zoom. Everyone is invited to join. The evening starts with a members society round-up. The AGM follows. Nominations for BCHF council are open until Sept. 4. (They will not be taken from the floor.) The evening is capped off with a talk by Wendy Wickwire on public history.

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An interview with Jacqueline Pearce

BCHF vice president Mark Forsythe caught up with Jackie Pearce to find out more about her project to transcribe hundreds of haiku poems from the Tashme internment camp.


Are you open? Let us know!

COVID-19 has upended the operating schedules of many of our members. But if you are open to visits, even with reduced hours, we would like to know and help you promote your organization. Email greg@bchistory.ca


Vancouver Japanese Language School offers walking tours

The Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall is hosting Historic Powell Street walking tours throughout August and September. It’s a great opportunity to learn about Japanese-Canadian history in BC and explore the local neighbourhood.

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Demolition of Navvy Jack house delayed

The oldest building on the North Shore will stand at least until September, but there are no guarantees after that. West Vancouver council has voted to put off demolition of the house at the foot of 18th Street.

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Author Q&A: Cataline

Our new blog series, Author Q&A, pulls back the curtain on the historical writing process, introducing local authors and hearing how their stories featuring aspects of BC’s history were inspired. This time Monica Miller of Caitlin Press interviews Susan Smith-Josephy, the co-author of Cataline: The Life of
BC’s Legendary Packer.

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Kootenay community heritage register adds 21 sites

The Merriwake, a former Japanese Canadian fishing boat, is being restored for the Slocan Valley Historical Society.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has added another 21 buildings and places to its community heritage register, including six Japanese-Canadian internment camps in the Slocan Valley, a Japanese-Canadian fishing boat, and a shipwreck on Kootenay Lake. 

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Museum assistance program’s emergency fund updated

Canadian Heritage has announced updates to the museum assistance program’s emergency assistance Fund. Small museums with budgets between $2,000 and $10,000 are now eligible to apply, but the deadline is Sept. 1.

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Walking on Vancouver history

Granite paving stones are seen at Vernon Drive and Frances Street in Strathcona, with lines indicating a former streetcar track. (Google Street View)

John Mackie writes about Christine Hagemoens habit of keeping her head down and discovering all sorts of interesting things, from ornate manhole covers to date stamped sidewalks to streets made of wood blocks.

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Cranbrook History Centre deaccessioning nine rail cars

The Cranbrook History Centre has begun the process of deaccessioning nine of the railcars in its current collection of 29. The cars have been determined to be historically significant, but beyond the resources of the centre to maintain.

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Architects hired for Creston grain elevators restoration

The Columbia Basin Trust has found architects for their restoration of Creston’s two remaining grain elevators. In 2018, the Trust bought the elevators, which both date to the mid-1930s. Work is expected to begin next year.

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Donald Reksten 1941-2020

Many fondly remember Donald for his wonderful volunteer work with the Royal BC and Oak Bay Archives, BC Historical Federation, the Captain Cook Society, Old Cemeteries Society and Hallmark Society.

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Marjorie David 1917-2020

Marjorie worked for the BC Archives for 25 years. She marked her 103rd birthday with a pandemic party serenade from the lawn of the long-time family home.

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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)

BC Historical Federation
Box 448, Fort Langley, BC, V1M 247 • info@bchistory.ca

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