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


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Buy Local, Give Local is back!

The time of year for giving and sharing is coming and the BCHF wants to remind you to consider supporting local history and heritage organizations. We are re-launching our Buy Local, Give Local campaign to highlight ways you can help.

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Become a BCHF member

As the British Columbia Historical Federation celebrates 100 years in 2022, we’re extending an invitation to join the province’s story-keepers: heritage societies, museums, cultural centres, galleries, businesses and individuals who are exploring and interpreting BC’s rich and diverse history.

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Interview: Lost Kootenays, Part 1

BCHF vice-president Mark Forsythe interviews BCHF director Greg Nesteroff, co-author with Eric Brighton of the new book Lost Kootenays: A History In Pictures. In the first of two installments, they look at some of the photos featuring the West Kootenay.



Vancouver Historical Society presents Nancy J. Turner

Dr. Nancy J. Turner shares her knowledge about traditional uses and meanings of plants, medicine. A widely respected ethnobotanist and author, Turner discusses wild berries, bark and kelp to eelgrass, potatoes and hazelnuts.


Doukhobor Discovery Centre is 50

The Doukhobor Discovery Centre is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The museum in Castlegar, which replicates a communal Doukhobor village, officially opened Nov. 13, 1971 and is operated by the Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society.

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Nanaimo Historical Society presents the story of John Fraser

Join the Nanaimo Historical Society on Nov. 18, when Brian McFadden (pictured) will present the fascinating story of John Fraser, one of 30 Canadian airmen involved in the highly secret mission to attack the hydroelectric dams of Germany’s Ruhr Valley during World War II.

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Historical architectural plans donated to Touchstones Nelson

Fairbank Architects in Nelson, which closed last year, has donated about 650 plans to the Touchstones Nelson archives, some of them dating back to the 1930s. They include many well-known buildings from the Kootenays, as well as some buildings that were never built.

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Chinatown Storytelling Centre opens in Vancouver

The Chinatown Storytelling Centre is now open at 168 East Pender Street in Vancouver. The centre journeys through the Chinese Canadian experience from the late 19th century to today through the lens of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

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Royal BC Museum announces changes to galleries

The Royal BC Museum has announced it will begin closing sections of its third floor “to start the process of decolonization in these galleries, in response to the call to action from Indigenous leaders to increase cultural safety and ensure the museum is a welcome place for everyone.”  

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Heritage BC names new executive director

Paul Gravett has retired as executive director at Heritage BC. The BCHF had a good working relationship with Paul and wishes him well. The new executive director is Kirstin Clausen, former CEO and executive director at the Britannia Mine Museum.

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Salmo Hotel sold after 66 years in the same family

The Salmo Hotel, built in 1932, has been sold. Since 1955, it has been in the Gora family, but it has been for sale more than a decade. The buyer is a mining executive who first patronized the hotel in 1976 and hated the idea that it might otherwise be boarded up.

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Join the online launch for Failed to Return

Keith C. Ogilvie, editor of Failed to Return: Canada’s Bomber Command Sacrifice in the Second World War, will host the book’s online launch on Nov. 16 from noon to 1 p.m.  The book looks at 16 stories of Canadians killed and missing in the line of duty while serving in the Royal Air Force Bomber Command.

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Masters student looking to reach Nikkei Canadians for thesis

Guillermina (Mina) Coronado is looking for Japanese Canadians interested in taking part in her masters research. Her thesis looks at how the relocation and internment of Japanese and Japanese Canadians during World War II affected those communities and their descendants regarding their Japanese identity.

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Shawn Lamb (1938-2021)

Longtime Nelson museum curator and archivist Shawn Lamb has died at 83. Lamb worked at the museum, now known as Touchstones Nelson, from 1984 to 2010. The archives were named after her in 2006.

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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)
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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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