May 25 – 28, 2017  |   Land, Water, People  |  Chilliwack, B.C.

BCHD Conference 2017 Chilliwack

Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday May 25

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Archives Bootcamp

  • Location: Chilliwack Archives
  • 30 person maximum
  • $30 per person

Get yourself into archival shape! This workshop is aimed at historians, family researchers and museum or archive volunteers interested in learning more about what goes on behind the scenes in an archives. Participants will rotate through stations hosted by experts in the field. Topics include: copyright, archives 101, working with post-secondary students, caring for artifacts and special collections, and creating a hands-on education kit. Space is limited.

Workshop leaders include:

  • Emily Lonie, Archivist, City of Coquitlam
  • Martin Warkentin, Copyright Librarian, University of the Fraser Valley
  • Adrienne Rempel, Interim Curator, Chilliwack Museum and Archives
  • Stephanie Clinton, Education & Engagement Coordinator, Chilliwack Museum and Archives
  • Marissa Despins, School District 33
Thursday May 25

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Family Curator and Archivist: Taking Care of our Artifacts

  • Location: Chilliwack Archives
  • 30 person maximum
  • $30 per person

diane-rogersbrenda-smithBrenda L. Smith and M. Diane Rogers are accomplished local and family history educators. This presentation is intended to support the responsibility that each of us has for the privately held personal papers, photographs and three dimensional objects that hold the stories of our families and communities. In 2010 they conceived and presented “Putting Granny In Context: Using Family History Research Techniques to Discover Women in History” to the Canadian Committee on Women’s History Conference. Diane and Brenda will expand on this idea to focus on techniques for organizing and safeguarding our precious memories.


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Advocacy Workshop and Dinner

  • Location: Royal Hotel
  • $20 per person

You are invited to join the BCHF Advocacy Committee for a working supper in which we will explore the issue of advocacy in our member societies and what more we all can do to advocate for our cultural organizations.

Program includes:

  • An Archaeological Perspective of the Charlie Lake Cave by Archaologist Lindsay Foreman
  • Parks Canada Recognition Nomination Process by Mike Star, Parks Canada Commemorations Officer, Pacific Region
  • The Floor is Yours: Thoughts on advocacy & historical outreach, including a recap of the BCHF Step Up for History 2017 provincial election outreach campaign.

Facilitated by the BCHF Advocacy Committee and board members.