February 2021
The British Columbia Historical Federation has provided a collective voice for its member societies since 1922.


BCHF introduces Inspiration Awards

Do you know an individual or organization working or volunteering in the history, heritage or cultural sector that has been a beacon of light during the challenging days of the pandemic? The BCHF has created a new award category to recognize them.

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Apply for scholarships, legacy fund

Each year, the BC Historical Federation offers two W. Kaye Lamb awards for student works relating to the history of British Columbia. The deadline to apply is March 15. Meanwhile, the Centennial Legacy Fund supports projects that encourage historical research on BC. Its application deadline is March 1.

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An interview with Claudia Cornwall

BCHF’s Mark Forsythe connected with Claudia Cornwall, author of British Columbia in Flames: Stories from a Blazing Summer, published by Harbour Publishing in 2020.


Stories of Objects: The Kinsol trestle celebrates 100 years

Kinsol Trestle with logging train, date unknown. Ralph Morris fonds CVMA 2006.8.2.2

In an excerpt from the Winter 2020 edition of British Columbia History, Kathryn Gagnon, curator/manager at the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives, looks at the centennial of the Kinsol Trestle, a wooden railway bridge over the Koksilah River.

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Letters to the editor: Begbie was ahead of his time

Letters in response to the Fall 2020 issue of British Columbia History include a defence of Matthew Baillie Begbie and a couple of kudos to make us blush.

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Nanaimo Historical Society seeks submissions for Into the Mist

A new feature on the Nanaimo Historical Society Facebook page called Into the Mist asks contributors to submit photos and stories about building or sites that are on their last legs or have already disappeared. If you have not seen them yet, check them out! Additional posts would be welcomed. Submit them to christineanhistsoc@gmail.com.


Royal BC Museum CEO resigns

Jack Lohman

The CEO of the Royal British Columbia Museum has stepped down. Jack Lohman, who has held the position since 2012, leaves while the organization grapples with allegations of racism among museum staff.

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BC Black History Awareness Society hosts program

The BC Black History Awareness Society has been hosting a Black History Month program for the past 25 years. This year the society has another amazing online program to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of historical and contemporary people of African descent.

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Vancouver street to be named after Nora Hendrix

A stamp issued in 2014 remembering Vancouver’s Hogan's Alley depicted Nora Hendrix.

The City of Vancouver will name its first street for a Black woman, but one advocacy group is worried that it is only a symbolic gesture instead of a sign of substantive change.

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Museum of Surrey hosts anti-racism speaker series

The Museum of Surrey is hosting a series of virtual lunch time learning sessions this month with a range of speakers on the topic of anti-racism, ideal for those who work in culture and education. Expand your understanding of racism and find ways to make your work meaningfully anti-racist.

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Griffin Art Projects presents Whose Chinatown?

Griffin Art Projects (1174 Welch St., North Vancouver) presents Whose Chinatown? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives, and Collections. The exhibit brings together an art history of Chinatowns and their communities by historical and contemporary Canadian artists.

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Author Q&A: The Burden of Gravity

Shannon McConnell

Our 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 British Columbia’s history were inspired. This time we feature Shannon McConnell, the author of The Burden of Gravity, a poetry collection that explores the fraught history of New Westminster’s Woodlands School.

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Quesnel Forks: A true relic of the gold rush

Barry Sale looks at the history of Quesnel Forks, a ghost town at the confluence of the Quesnel and Cariboo Rivers that came to life in 1859.

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