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


Winter issue of British Columbia History coming soon

The winter issue of British Columbia History is now available via Zinio and will be mailed out tomorrow (it is slightly delayed due to volume and coronavirus protocols). This issue is guest edited by Satwinder Kaur Bains, the director of the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley. Our cover story is a memoir by Elwin Xie about his family and the Vancouver laundry they once ran.

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Ichiro Shiino’s photographic legacy

Crowd waving to Japanese Canadians interned during the Second World War departing on Greyhound bus, New Denver, mid-1940s. Arrow Lakes Historical Society 2012.003.289

We’ve decided to make one feature story from each issue of British Columbia History available free online. This time, it’s our look at prolific Arrow Lakes photographer Ichiro Shiino.

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#BuyLocal: UBC Students wrap up their work with interview

Four UBC sociology students worked with the BCHF in November, promoting the BuyLocal campaign to support local historical societies, archives and museums during the challenging days of COVID-19 pandemic. BCHF council member Mark Forsythe interviews Refano Evan, Alec Wilson, Makena Zimmerman and Anupriya Dasgupta.


Volunteer sought for BCHF awards

We are looking for a volunteer to chair the BCHF recognition committee. Duties include putting out a call for our annual awards, managing the review and selection of nominees, setting up virtual committee meetings, and presenting awards at our annual conference (or virtually). If this work appeals to you, contact Shannon Bettles at shannon@bchistory.ca.

Thank you from the BCHF

As 2020 comes to a close, we would like to extend a sincere thanks to the folks who have supported us over this very difficult year. You have purchased advertisements in our newsletter and magazine. You’ve made cash or in-kind donations. You’ve volunteered your time. And, you have been great partners in our ongoing projects. We cannot thank you enough.

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#BuyLocal: BC Labour Heritage Centre

Working, working, working … that is something most of us do. But where did it all begin and what did work look like in BC years ago? These are questions the BC Labour Heritage Centre can answer and much more. Even now, they are documenting firsthand accounts of people working during the pandemic.

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History of our Historians: Point Ellice House

Christeah Dupont is curatorial assistant and Jeannine Worthing is visitor services co-ordinator at Point Ellice House.

Point Ellice House is “a little green slice of paradise” in an industrial neighbourhood of Victoria. Anupriya Dasgupta spoke to two employees about working at the house and what it means to them.

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History of our Historians: Vancouver Maritime Museum

UBC student Refano Evan interviewed Duncan McLeod, curator of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, about how he came to the museum and some of the challenges he faces.

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#BuyLocal: Vancouver Maritime Museum Society

Refano Evan looks at the history of the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society, and casts a glance at its exhibits (virtual and physical) as well as its gift shop.

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New book tells story of Nikkei Memorial Internment Centre

The Village of New Denver has released Kyowakai: Memory and Healing in New Denver — Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre, by local author Anne Champagne. The book tells the story of Japanese Canadian internment in New Denver, the creation of the Nikkei Internment Memorial Centre by the Kyowakai Society, and the healing it inspired.

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Historic South Slocan schoolhouse to be demolished

A schoolhouse built in 1929 at South Slocan is expected to be demolished next year. The building has been owned by the Regional District of Central Kootenay since 1987 and has been home to a daycare, yoga studio, and dance studio in recent decades. However, it has been maintained by a small group of volunteers who are finding it impossible to afford to keep up with the work required.

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Museum of Vancouver launches A Seat at the Table

The Museum of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia are presenting a new feature exhibition, A Seat at the Table, Chinese Immigration and British Columbia, on through January 2022. This exhibition explores historical and contemporary stories of Chinese Canadians in BC and their struggles for belonging.

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Sheila Nickols 1935-2020

Sheila Nickols was president of the Maple Ridge Historical Society for many years where she was chief spokesperson as well as being instrumental in the founding of the Maple Ridge Museum. She helped write Maple Ridge: A History of Settlement, and wrote a history column, some of which were compiled in 2014 as Looking Back.

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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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