2019 Courtenay Winners of the 36th annual BCHF Historical Writing Competition announced

Winners of the 36th annual BCHF Historical Writing Competition announced

The award celebrates books that make significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia.

The prizes were awarded on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Book Awards Gala at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay, BC as part of the BCHF Annual Conference. Congratulations to all the winners.

The Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing 2018

The BC Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for historical writing and $2,500 was awarded to Tyler McCreary, Shared Histories: Witsuwit’en-Settler Relations in Smithers, British Columbia, 1913 – 1973, Creekstone Press.

2nd prize, $1500, Ken Mather, Trail North: The Okanagan Trail of 1858-68 and its Origins in British Columbia and Washington, Heritage House Publishing.

3rd prize, $500, Veronica Strong-Boag, The Last Suffragist Standing: The Life and Times of Laura Marshall Jamieson, UBC Press.

Honourable mentions (alphabetical)

Chow, Lily, Blossoms in the Gold Mountains: Chinese Settlements in the Fraser Canyon and the Okanagan, Caitlin Press

Converse, Cathy, Against the Current: The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron, Touchwood Editions

Reimer, Chad, Before We Lost the Lake: A Natural and Human History of Sumas Valley, Caitlin Press

Community History Award

Local and community history often provides the most sought-after information by historians researching a particular area.

$500, Bruce Rohn, S.S. Minto: The Arrow Lakes Longest Serving Sternwheeler, Arrow Lakes Historical Society.

President Shannon Bettles, BC Lieutenant Governor’s Medal winner Tyler McCreary, BCHF Historical Writing Awards Chair Maurice Guibord at the BCHF Awards Gala in Courtenay, BC.
Photographer: Darren Durupt