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Get ready for Giving Tuesday 2022

When you give, history lives. Help us help BC’s researchers dig deeper. This year on GivingTuesday, Nov. 28, we are raising money for the BCHF Centennial Legacy Fund. By donating, you support community historians who are uncovering the diverse cultural, artistic, genealogical and geological history of BC. 

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A Dizzying Array of Paper

In this excerpt from the Winter 2022 edition of British Columbia History, June Chow and Catherine Clement describe the history of Chinese immigration records, used between 1885 and 1953.

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The story of Vancouver’s oldest building

Filmed at Old Hastings Mill Store Museum in Vancouver, BCHF’s Mark Forsythe speaks to author Lisa Anne Smith about all things related to Vancouver’s oldest surviving building, including Smith’s new book, Hastings Mill: The Historic Times of a Vancouver Community.

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Entries sought for BCHF Historical Writing Award ...

The BCHF is accepting books from editors and authors for the 40th Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Awards, which must have been published in 2022. First, second and third prizes will be awarded ($2,500, $1,500 and $500 respectively), as well as a Local History Award of $500. The judges may also award up to three honourable mentions.

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... and for W. Kaye Lamb scholarships

BCHF is offering two W. Kaye Lamb scholarships to students for projects on the history of BC. The project can be presented in a range of media, including: an essay (1,500 to 5,000 words), short film, podcast, performance, website or artwork. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 1.

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Avante Garde Hippies and The Grateful Dead

The Vancouver Historical Society presents poet and English professor Dr. Gregory Betts who discusses the impact of the Grateful Dead and the Trips Festival of 1966 on the literary and music scene in Vancouver.


Applications open for Indigenous Research Fund

The Friends of the BC Archives are now accepting applications from individuals and organizations for its Indigenous Research Fund, intended to pay for travel to the BC Archives, hiring researchers for work done at the BC Archives, or other associated costs. Up to $1,000 is available.

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Take a virtual tour of the Sikh Heritage Museum

The South Asian Studies Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley. has coordinated a virtual tour of the Sikh Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, allowing you to remotely explore the interior, the exterior, and upstairs darbar hall space.

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Keeping the Song Alive opens at Bill Reid Gallery

A new exhibition showcasing art, culture and heritage of the Kwakwwaka’wakw peoples has opened at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver. The exhibit was co-developed by the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, and the Bill Reid Gallery.

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Black Pioneers in BC: Economic, Political, and Social Influences

A video of a presentation by Fran Morrison has now been posted by the Friends of the BC Archives. It tells the story of the migration and settlement of Black people in B.C., starting in 1858.


Unarchived screens today online


The Archives Association of BC and ACA Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee will co-host an online screening of the documentary Unarchived, which highlights community archives across British Columbia to reveal some of what has been erased from the official record.

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Intangible Treasures of the Downtown Eastside

Intangible Treasures of the Downtown Eastside is a collection of short shadow plays created on the Zoom platform, where artists share intangible personal treasures that give them strength: from their culture and lived experiences to family stories and Chinatown’s Union Laundry.




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