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


This issue of the Buzz is archived online at https://tinyurl.com/4bvpb46d


BCHF conference: Connections 2021 at Surrey

The BC Historical Federation successfully conducted its first virtual conference in partnership with the Surrey Historical Society (June 3 to 5). BCHF president Shannon Bettles challenged delegates to “reach out in your communities for unheard stories and new storytellers and find ways to support their work — even if you just begin by listening.”

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Chinatown Through a Wide Lens wins Lieutenant Governor’s Medal

Chinatown Through a Wide Lens, a remarkable book about early Vancouver photographer Yucho Chow, whose work was almost forgotten, has won the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing, as presented by the BCHF. Click the button below to read more about it and learn the runners-up and Community History Book Award winner.

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Three projects to benefit from BCHF Centennial Legacy Fund

Three projects will receive funding from the British Columbia Historical Federation’s Centennial Legacy Fund this year: the Paper Trail to the 1923 Chinese Exclusion Act Project ($4,000); the Stewart Historical Society/Stewart Museum’s Ward’s Pass Cemetery Project ($2,200), and the CCUB Lands Project ($2,200).

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Calvin Thalheimer, Olivia Daniel win 2020 BCHF scholarships

Calvin Thalheimer and Olivia Daniel (pictured) are the recipients of the 2020 W. Kaye Lamb Awards for the best student works. Calvin, an Okanagan College student, is the recipient of a $750 scholarship in the junior division, while Olivia, a University of the Fraser Valley student, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship in the senior division. Click the button to learn more about their submissions.

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Natalia Deros wins BCHF Best News and Media Award

Natalia Deros of Heritage Abbotsford Society (pictured) is the recipient of the Best News and Media Award for the society’s recent Stories to Spaces: Local Community Places social media campaign. Fusing built heritage with storytelling, digital heritage imaging, archival research and interviews, Natalia’s work draws upon community knowledge to bring about dialogue on racism, inclusivity and heritage practices.   

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Haiku in Tashme wins Anne and Philip Yandle Best Article Award

A story about haiku written in the Tashme interment camp and an effort to translate them into English has won the Anne and Philip Yandle Best Article Award. Haiku in Tashme: The legacy of Sukeo “Sam” Sameshima was published in the Spring 2020 edition of British Columbia History. The authors are Jacqueline Pearce and Jean-Pierre Antonio (pictured).

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BCHF presents Inspiration Awards

The BCHF presented seven Inspiration Awards at its gala, intended to honor individuals or organizations in the history, heritage or cultural sector who have been beacons of light during the challenging days of the pandemic in 2020. The recipients are Jennifer Nell Barr, Al Donnelly, Aman Johal, Gabriel Newman (pictured), Tami Quiring, Christopher Stevenson, and the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC.

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Awards of recognition and merit

The BCHF presented two Awards of Recognition at its recent gala, to Christine Meutzner (pictured) and T.W. Paterson, as well as an Award of Merit to Paul Koroscil. Awards of Recognition go to individual members of BCHF member societies who have given exceptional service to their organization or community, while Awards of Merit go to groups or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the study or promotion of BC history.

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Help us win $20,000 in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge

The BCHF is participating in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Until the end of June, every dollar you donate (which can be earmarked for the Centennial Legacy Fund, W. Kaye Lamb scholarship awards, British Columbia History magazine, or general operations) gives us a chance to win $20,000.

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Summer issue of British Columbia History goes nautical

The summer issue of British Columbia History magazine, now available on Zinio, and en route to your mailbox, is guest edited by John MacFarlane, director of the Nauticapedia project and curator emeritus of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. It is about all things to do with boats, but as John points out, nautical heritage goes well beyond tugs, ocean liners, and sailing ships on salt water. 

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SS Master: The first 100 years

There are few vessels in BC waters a century or more old. A few vintage yachts remain, but seldom do workboats achieve that distinction. A notable exception is SS Master, approaching her centennial in 2022. An excerpt from the current issue of British Columbia History.

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Time Travels: Nanaimo Museum

Snunéymuxw Reserve in downtown Nanaimo, circa 1900. Photo: Nanaimo Museum A1-80

In this excerpt from the latest edition of British Columbia History, Mark Forsythe makes a virtual visit to the Nanaimo museum, where staff have been focused on renewing gallery spaces and expanding an exhibit about Nanaimo’s earliest inhabitants, the Snunéymuxw.

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BCHF bids adieu to two directors

Two outgoing BCHF directors received Awards of Appreciation during the BCHF gala for their service to the organization. Michael Gibbs, a past president of the Surrey Historical Society, was instrumental in the planning of this year’s conference and ensuring Surrey was its host city. Caroline Ross of Parksville (pictured) has served as vice-president and membership co-ordinator among other roles.

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Provincial heritage site operators call for sustainable funding

Barkerville is among the provincial heritage sites that have signed a letter to the government.

At the end of May, six provincial heritage site operators sent a letter to the ministry that oversees provincially-owned heritage sites, calling for sustainable funding. Click the button below to read their letter, and to download a template that you can fill out and send to the minister and your local MLA to advocate for the future of these sites.

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Library and Archives Canada funds 10 BC projects

Library and Archives Canada will provide over $300,000 to support 10 projects by BC archives, museums and First Nations under the Documentary Heritage Communities Program, including ones in Burnaby, Chase, Mansons Landing, Merritt, Vancouver, and Williams Lake.

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