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

BCHD Conference 2017 Chilliwack

Schedule at a Glance

Join us at Conference 2017 Chilliwack! Here’s a peek at the schedule:

Thursday May 25

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

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, genealogy hints and tips, caring for artifacts and special collections, and creating a hands-on education kit. Space is limited. Led by Chilliwack Museum and Archives staff and special guests. 

12:00 pm – Registration Opens

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

Brenda 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
  • Price: $20, not included in conference registration but paid separately.

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. More details.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tourism Chilliwack Welcome Reception

  • Location: Chilliwack Museum
  • 45820 Spadina Avenue, Chilliwack
  • Cocktails and refreshments served

Sponsored by Tourism Chilliwack – this event will highlight the best local food and drink Chilliwack has to offer.

Friday May 26

7:00 am – Registration Open

8:00 am – Opening Welcome

8:30 am – Opening Keynote: Dr. Gwen Point, Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley

9:30 am – 10:20 am — Concurrent Lectures:      

  • A Week You’ll Remember a Lifetime: Remembering the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Jason Beck, Location: Fraser Room, Coast Hotel
  • Modern Treaties and Reconciliation in Canada, Mark Smith, Location: Rosedale Room, Coast Hotel
  • Preserving Material Culture, Tristan Evans, Location: Chilliwack Museum


11:00 am – 11:50 am — Concurrent Lectures:      

  • Canadian Sites of Decolonization: The Sikh Heritage Museum and National Historic Site of Canada, Sharanjit Sandhra,
    Location: Rosedale Room, Coast Hotel
  • Flood Management in the Lower Fraser Valley, Jane Watt and Neil Peters, Location: Fraser Room, Coast Hotel

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm — Book Fair Social and Lunch

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Field Trips

  • Downtown Heritage Walking Tour, Heritage Chilliwack Society
  • Stó:lō Grounds Tour at Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre
  • Hops Beer Tour & Beer Tasting with the Chilliwack Hop Farms, Old Yale Brewing and the Chaos and Solace Craft Brewing Company. (19+ only)

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Evening Presentation of Grand Theft Terra Firma Exhibit — Sponsored by the BC Museums Association

bcma-logoJoin us for an evening spent with the artists David Campion and Sandra Shields whose exhibition Grand Theft Terra Firma: Stories of (Re)conciliation explores how S’ólh Téméxw — the traditional and unceded lands of the Stó:lō (People of the River) —began being colonized in the mid-1800s. The evening presentation will ask questions about how that history is lived today, by people of both Indigenous and settler ancestry.

Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon will be in attendance.

Saturday May 27

7:30 am – Registration Opens

  • Location: Coast Hotel

8:30 am – 9:20 am — Concurrent Lectures:      

  • Finding Chilliwack’s Fallen, Paul Ferguson, Location: Rosedale Room, Coast Hotel
  • ‘Two Words: “Steady Job!”’: A Century of Work in the Marine Operations of the Department of Public Works on the Fraser River, Mark MacKenzie, Location: Fraser Room, Coast Hotel
  • Bridging the Historical Gap: Student Academic Research, Public History, and the Digital Future in the Fraser Valley, Robin Anderson and Scott Scheffield, Location: Chilliwack Museum


10:00 am – 12:00 noon – BC Historical Federation Annual General Meeting (AGM)

10:00 am – 12:00 noon (For those not attending the AGM)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm — Book Fair Social and Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:20 pm – Lecture

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Field Trips

  • Farm Tour and Atchelitz Thresherman’s Museum Experience
  • Historic Riverboat Landing Tour by Bus

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Pre-Gala Cocktails

  • Location: Coast Hotel
  • Semi-formal dress required.

7:00 pm – 9:00 – BCHF Book Prize Gala

  • Location: Coast Hotel
  • Dinner and awards.
  • Semi-formal dress required.

Sunday May 28

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Post-Conference Tours

  • Little Mountain Cemetery Tour
  • Fraser and Harrison River Boat Tour