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


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BCHF adopts new logo

If you follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Flickr or Instagram, you will notice that we have started to swap out our branding for a new logo and look. The re-branding is part of a larger project to renew and refresh the organization heading into our 100th anniversary year.

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Lytton museums plan to rebuild

BCHF’s Mark Forsythe visited Lytton in September to speak with Richard Forrest from Lytton Museum & Archives, Lorna Fandrich from the Lytton Chinese History Museum, and John Haugen of the Lytton First Nation. They all lost important collections in the June 30 fire that destroyed the village, but each is determined to rebuild.



Nanaimo Museum looks at the rise and fall of Brother XII

The Nanaimo Museum is hosting three presentations this month (two in person, one virtual) on Brother XII. Led by curator Aimee Greenaway, the presentations examine the history of Edward Wilson and his rise and fall as the leader of a spiritual community just south of Nanaimo.

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Nikkei Museum launches SAFE | HOME exhibit

The Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby will launch SAFE | HOME on Oct. 23. Through the lens of the historic Vancouver Asahi baseball team, Kellen Hatanaka explores issues of race, xenophobia, representation, and implicit bias that are relevant in both sport and society today.

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Okanagan Historical Society issues 2021 report

The Okanagan Historical Society has issued its 85th report, containing stories ranging from the early history of Summerland’s downtown to the history of greenhouses in Canada. Copies can be found in book stores throughout the Okanagan or ordered online.

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Landscapes of Injustice: a video presentation

The Vancouver Historical Society publishes videos of their historical presentations. This month, Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross talked about the multi-year Landscapes of Injustice Project he headed, which addressed the dispossession of Japanese-Canadian property in BC by the government during the Second World War.


Friends of the BC Archives host Jenn Ashton Oct. 17

“Siamelaht” by Mildred Valley Thornton, courtesy of the Uno Langmann Collection

Jenn Ashton, writer-in-residence at British Columbia History for 2021, will speak in a virtual event on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. hosted by the Friends of the BC Archives. Ashton’s talk will share the story of how she found her Sḵwx̱wú7mesh family — a story about getting lost, and found, in archival research.

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New Westminster apologizes for role in Komagata Maru incident

Passengers on board the Komagata Maru in 1914. Wikipedia photo

The City of New Westminster has formally apologized to the South Asian community and to the descendants of those on board the Komagata Maru in 1914 for its role in the incident. At the time, city council passed a motion urging the federal government to deny the ship’s passengers from being admitted to Canada. 

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Cranbrook theatre revitalization continues

Google Street View

Ferdy Belland and his partners are pushing ahead with restoration of Cranbrook’s long deserted Armond Theatre. Built in 1952, but shuttered since 1999, the building’s reopening as a performance space is expected to be a major boost to the city’s arts scene and downtown in general.

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Cache of Nelson-area school history unearthed

Central School in Nelson, sometime after 1909. A trove of historic documents was discovered in the basement of this building recently.

The Kootenay Lake school district has donated 60 boxes worth of historic material to the archives at Touchstones Nelson, some of it dating as far back as 1891. It includes photos, attendance and payroll records, school board minutes, and more, covering Nelson, Salmo, and the Slocan Valley. 

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Violence against Vancouver Island’s Indigenous peoples retold

CHEK-TV has prepared a two-part series on pre-Confederation terror carried out on Vancouver Island’s Indigenous population, looking at the Gulf Island Colonial War.


112-year-old Fernie church for sale

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Knox United Church in Fernie, built in 1909, will be sold, the result of the church’s ageing and declining membership. They say they no longer have the energy nor the finances to keep the building viable.

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Celebrating the pioneering Francophone women of Victoria

Thanks to a grant from Heritage Canada, L’Association historique francophone de Victoria is in the process of creating a bilingual illustrated booklet celebrating a dozen Francophone women who have contributed to the development of Greater Victoria, from the 1850s to the present.

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North Vancouver library offers BC history series

The North Vancouver District Public Library is offering an online BC history series this month. The two remaining programs, with authors Crawford Kilian and Howard White, take place on Oct. 19 and 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom.

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Historic Kimberley powerhouse restored

Sullivan Mine and Railway Historical Society

Restoration has been completed on a 1924 powerhouse that once electrified the Sullivan mine in Kimberley. The work was completed in large part thanks to a $332,000 grant from the Columbia Basin Trust.

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Rare early BC photos turn up

Two trams from the Westminster and Vancouver Tramway Co. in 1891. Photo by Trueman and Caple.

A cache of about 100 photos showing the Lower Mainland in the 1880s and ’90s, taken by prominent photographers including Bailey Brothers, Trueman and Caple, Richard Maynard and Frederick Daly is up for sale.

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