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


Buy Local, Give Local BCHF campaign underway

The “Buy Local, Give Local” awareness campaign provides a venue to showcase the products and services of BC’s historical and heritage societies. We are challenging consumers to be mindful of where their dollars are going.

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A #BuyLocal gift guide

Amazons on the Bow, poster available from Point Ellice House

As part of our Buy Local, Give Local campaign, we have compiled a list of history books and products available from our member organizations and worth checking out.

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BCHF now on Instagram

We’re excited to launch our new social media platform and keep sharing the incredible work of BC historical societies to an even wider audience. On the Instagram app, our username is @bchictoricalfederation – or, on the desktop website at instagram.com/bchistoricalfederation

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Okanagan Historical Society’s 84th Report now available

The latest Okanagan Historical Society report is now available. On the cover (pictured above) is an 1882 painting of the Okanagan wagon road by Grafton Tyler Brown, British Columbia’s first professional Black American artist.

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Touchstones Nelson mountain bike exhibit wins award

Mark Holt, Astrid Heyerdahl, and Deb MacKillop celebrating the success of the mountain biking retrospective at Touchstones Nelson during the closing party, Nov 1, 2018. Photo by Louis Bockner

The Touchstones Nelson exhibit A Mountain Biking Retrospective has been honored by the BC Museums Association with a BCMA Award of Outstanding Achievement: Honourable Mention for Impact and Engagement. The exhibit celebrated the history of mountain biking in Nelson and area.

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Lily Chow honoured with eponymous award

Lily Chow (right) accepts the heritage award named in her honour from New Pathways to Gold Society Indigenous co-chair Cheryl Chapman.

Award-winning author, historian and multicultural champion Lily Chow is the inaugural winner of the Lily Chow Cedar-Bamboo Heritage Award, which will be given annually by the New Pathways to Gold Society to a writer who exemplifies her spirit of multiculturalism, inclusivity and excellence.

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Gur Sikh Temple receives National Trust for Canada award

The Sikh Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, located in the National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple, has received the National Trust for Canada award as a Resilient Historic Place.

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Kelowna Courier 1904-49 now online

The British Columbia Regional Digitized History website (a project of UBC Okanagan) has completed scanning the Kelowna Courier from 1904-49. Click below to search more than, 2000 issues.


Introducing MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver

In advance of the opening of a new museum in 2021, a new name and brand has been unveiled — MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver. The new museum will join the Archives of North Vancouver under the MONOVA banner.

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Royal BC Museum publishes new history book about Tod Inlet

This month Royal BC Museum Publishing released Deep and Sheltered Waters: The History of Tod Inlet, by researcher, writer and filmmaker David R. Gray. The book takes readers on a long but enjoyable path through time, grounding the book in the narrative of the inlet’s original inhabitants: the Tsartlip First Nation.

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New book offers memories of a Doukhobor life

In Our Backs Warmed by the Sun, a book out this month from Caitlin Press, author Vera Maloff (pictured) shares her family history and the sometimes turbulent Doukhobor experience in Canada through the stories of her mother, Elizabeth.

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Do you Zoom? Learn how from our friends at the BCMA

The BC Museums Association would like to help you master hosting virtual meetings. Designed specifically for the beginner, join the BCMA’s webinar to familiarize yourself with Zoom and have a chance to ask your questions on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Click below to register.



Elizabeth Hyde 1928-2020

Elizabeth Hyde of Victoria, who died Sept. 10 age 91, was a volunteer archivist for the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia. She earned her doctorate in medieval history in Winnipeg.

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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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