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December 2018
The British Columbia Historical Federation has provided a collective voice for its member societies since 1922.

British Columbia History launches digital version

Digital magazine pre-released to members on iTunes

The British Columbia Historical Federation is pleased to announce the launch of the online edition of British Columbia History magazine.

To celebrate we are offering the winter issue free to BCHF members in advance. The digital edition is an app that can be read on any Apple mobile smartphone or tablet. Look for more updates in 2019 for the availability of British Columbia History for Android devices through Google Play.

In addition, the quarterly publication is now part of the Zinio (RB Digital Magazines) newsstand and can be read on a computer or downloaded via the RBDigital app.

BCHF members will each receive an individual email with a link to download the app and a user name and password. Members who want to switch from print to digital can contact our team at

Our foray into the digital realm is an exciting step forward though we expect that there may be some bumps along the way. Please contact us with any questions and we will work with our membership team and our digital team to address any concerns.


Nominate a student for a BCHF scholarship! Deadline Dec. 31

Know a student with a knack for documenting, interpreting or sharing BC history? Nominate them for a BC Historical Federation Scholarship!

Each year, we award up to two W. Kaye Lamb Scholarship Awards to post-secondary students enrolled in BC colleges or universities who produce interesting and thought-provoking works on topics related to BC history.

New this year: the work can be presented in a variety of formats, including:

  • Essay (1,500 to 3,000 words)
  • Website
  • Film or Video
  • Performance (must supply recording)
  • Podcast
  • Artwork or Installation

For more information or to apply, visit BCHF Awards - Scholarships. And don’t forget about our other awards and grants with upcoming nomination deadlines:


Ideas Fair planned for 2019 BCHF conference

Planto attend next year's conference based in Courtenay — with trips to Comox andCumberland.

Member societies, please make plans to participate in our Ideas Fair on Friday June7 — an evening of mixing and mingling and sharing ideas. Last year at our conference, Gloria Currie ofthe Salmo Valley Historical Society appeared with three fantastic banners. Her work was an “aha” moment for us — so this year we are inviting you to create banners or a tabletop displayshowcasing your society and letting people know about your currentprojects. 

We will have refreshments andspend a couple of hours learning and visiting in the vast expanses ofCourtenay’s historic Native Sons Hall.


Call for great stories about great stories

We have been invited by Heritage BC to put together a panel about best and innovative practices in telling local stories — so of course, we are turning to you for answers.

Have you developed a project that has recently engaged people in the richness of local stories? Did your work resonate newly or differently in your community than work you have previously done? Would you like to share what you have learned?

If so, we'd love to hear from you as we plan our BCHF panel at the Heritage BC conference to be held in Nanaimo May 8 to 11, 2019. Please contact Mark Forsythe at


Welcome to our newest members!

A warm welcome to our new BCHF members for November:

Societies: Vancouver Maritime Museum

Affiliates: Saanich Police Historical Society

Associates: B. Bowden (Delta), D. Bowman (Nanaimo), H. Brock (West Vancouver), O. Egger (White Rock), A. Evans (Surrey), G. Ferguson (Oliver), C. Giguere (London, Ont.), T. Lindal (Powell River), D. Manuel (Coquitlam), K. McComish (Langley), G. Mynett (Vancouver), E. Olthof (Abbotsford), J. Reid (Burnaby), R. Roman (Burnaby), C. Rosenbaum (West Kelowna), N. Schuler (Kamloops), E. Smith (Surrey), A.A. Sosas (Burnaby), R. Wong (New Westminster)


Happy holidays! Our offices are closed Dec. 21 to Jan. 2

The BCHF relies on incredible volunteers to carry out its work throughout the year. We are urging them to relax and recharge over the holiday season so they can bring the best of themselves to their tasks in 2019. Our virtual offices will be closed Dec. 21 to Jan. 2.



Minto memories: Donated painting lives on in Nakusp

Matilda and Parker Williams flank the painting of the SS Minto that they donated to the Nakusp Museum in the early 2000s. (Photo by Donald Williams, May 2018)

When Matilda and Parker Williams purchased a painting of the SS Minto in the 1970s, they didn’t know that they were creating a legacy for Nakusp. Read more about the painting, the woman who created it, and how it made its way back to Nakusp by clicking on the button below.


Ladysmith & District Historical Society opens Great War exhibit

The Ladysmith Museum has opened an exhibit called Great War. The society is continuing to research World War I soldiers from Ladysmith and has found 16 with a Ladysmith connection who are not on the local cenotaph. This year, the Legion, school and town focussed on honouring six of the 16, and will honour the rest in future years.


Got photos of Langley? Langley Heritage Society wants to know!

The Langley Heritage Society is interested in sharing your old photographs of Langley. Maybe you grew up in Aldergrove, Walnut Grove, Fort Langley, Brookswood, Glen Valley, Campbell Valley, Willoughby, Langley City, Derby, Sterling, Murrayville, Milner, Jardine, Lochiel, Patricia, Fernridge, Otter, or Strawberry Hills? Consider sending digital copies of your own photographs that help tell Langley’s history with permission to publish on the Langley Heritage Society website to

See the collection by clicking on the button below.


December’s Valley Voices: Kris Foulds and Paul Brodie

Collections Manager Kris Foulds, The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford

On the December edition of Valley Voices: Curator Kris Foulds (pictured) tours the award winning Voices of the Valley permanent exhibition at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford (3:15 into sound file). Also, meet Paul Brodie, a Fort Langley man who builds and races replicas of the classic Excelsior motorcycle (17:30 into sound file). And it was 160 years ago that Colonel Richard Moody arrived in the Fraser Valley and promptly quelled an uprising in the Fraser Canyon.

Valley Voices is hosted by former CBC Radio broadcaster Mark Forsythe and is a production of the Langley Heritage Society, through the studios of CIVL Radio at the University of the Fraser Valley. Listen Wednesdays at 11 am at 101.7 FM, or anytime online via the archived podcast.

Hear the current episode by clicking below.



Happy 80th, Lions Gate bridge!

View of Lions Gate bridge. (Image by Tom Richards)

What do Guinness and West Vancouver have to do with one another? Opened in 1938, the Guinness family (yes — the makers of the popular Irish stout), spent $6 million to entice people to what would become the British Properties.

“The whole idea was that people would own cars and there would be a kind of a car-access-only suburb, which in a way guarantees exclusivity,” historian Michael Kluckner says.

Over the years, the Lions Gate has had its fair share of critics. Read the full story and watch the segment on Global News by clicking the button below.


Museum nomenclature: What you should know

Have you heard of Museum Nomenclature before? What about Chenhall? Maybe you just call it “the big museum cataloguing book.”

If you have catalogued a teacup in a BC or Canadian museum, you likely have used a publication called Nomenclature for Museum Cataloguing for classifying and naming objects in historical or cultural collections.

Recently, the Canadian Heritage Information Network, Parks Canada, and the Nomenclature Task Force appointed by the American Association for State and Local History have launched a new online version of Nomenclature for Museum Cataloguing.


Rossland Museum receives $700,000 donation

Artists rendition of Phase II of the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre project.Artist rendition of Phase II of the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre project.

Teck Resources has donated $700,000 towards Phase II of the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre’s renewal project for the development of a replica mining experience. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2020, with a grand opening planned for the summer of 2021. The new mine experience exhibition will hold exciting displays of mining life and technology in the Rossland area.


Apply to the Community, Culture and Recreation Program

The Community, Culture, and Recreation Program supports cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the province. On Sept. 12, the Canadian and British Columbian governments committed up to $134 million towards an initial intake. Deadline to apply for this intake is Jan. 23, 2019.

Click the button below to learn how to apply.



Arnold Ranneris (1938-2018)

Arnold Ranneris, who was involved with the Victoria Historical Society and BC Historical Federation, passed away suddenly on Nov. 4 in Victoria at age 79.


Greg Evans

With great sadness, we heard about the passing of friend and colleague Greg Evans last week. Whether you knew Greg through his work at the Vancouver Museum, Royal BC Museum, Maritime Museum of BC, Esquimalt Archives or through a shared interest in BC brewing history, you will remember his humour, warmth, and generosity in sharing his knowledge and research. A memorial is planned for mid-January.



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