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Extra, extra! Winter issue of British Columbia History coming

The winter issue of British Columbia History will be hitting your digital and physical mailboxes soon. The theme this time is Community News, and it's guest edited by BCHF council member Greg Nesteroff.

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Rassling in the Royal City

In this excerpt from the winter issue of British Columbia History, Gerald Thomson recounts the glory days of wrestling in New Westminster.

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BCHF office closing for holidays Dec. 15 to Jan. 3

The board of the British Columbia Historical Federation would like to wish you all safe and happy holidays. Our office will be closed from Dec. 15 to Jan. 3 to give volunteers a few weeks break. We look forward to connecting with you in 2022!

BCHF offers student scholarship opportunities

Each year, the BCHF offers two awards for student works relating to the history of BC. The work must be written by a student registered in a university or college in BC, but they do not have to be history majors.

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Interview: Lost Kootenays, Part 2

The Sullivan mine in Kimberley, ca. 1945. Cominco photo

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 second of two installments, they look at some of the photos featuring the East Kootenay.



Updated Boswell history book published

The Boswell Historical Society has published Boswell Beginnings and Beyond, which reprints a 1986 book about the history of the Kootenay Lake community, along with about another 100 pages of new material.

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Powell River considers name change

Image MSC130-12082-01 courtesy of the British Columbia Postcards Collection, a digital initiative of Simon Fraser University Library

The Tla'min Nation is suggesting that Powell River ought to be renamed, something city council is taking seriously. The present name honours Israel Powell, the superintendent of Indian Affairs for BC in the 1870s. He advocated assimilationist policies designed to “civilize” First Nations.

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BCMA podcast looks at decolonizing museums

The BC Museums Association has a regular podcast series covering a wide range of topics. In their most recent episode, they speak to Brandie MacDonald from the Museum of Us for a talk entitled, Pausing to Decolonize: Decolonizing Museum Policy and Practice. 


Emily Carr at 150

Wikipedia photo

Dec. 13 marked 150 years since Emily Carr was born. The CBC looked at how fans celebrated the artist’s birthday. The Victoria Times Colonist provided a tour of Victoria through her eyes and carried a column speculating on what Carr would think of residential-school abuse and logging protests.

Arts group buys Kootenay Lake landmark

The South Kootenay ArtConnect Society has purchased the 101-year-old Harrison Memorial Church in Crawford Bay (pictured), intending to preserve it for community use.

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Colouring book highlights Saanich history

A new colouring book features Saanich heritage buildings, allowing you to learn about local history while picking up architectural lingo.

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Ron Welwood (1940-2021)

Frances and Ron Welwood at the BCHF conference in Nelson in 2009.

BCHF past president and honorary life member Ron Welwood has died at 81. Ron served on the BCHF council from 1993-2003, including a stint as president from 1997-99. He and wife Frances were regulars at the BCHF annual conference, and they helped bring the event to Nelson in 1997 and 2009.

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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

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