About the British Columbia Historical Federation

The British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) encourages interest in the history of British Columbia through research, presentation, and support in its role as an umbrella organization for provincial historical societies.

The Federation began its life as the British Columbia Historical Association, established on October 12, 1922. On March 2, 1927, the Association was registered under the Societies Act. On July 29, 1983, the Association was renamed the British Columbia Historical Federation — a name that better reflects its role as an umbrella organization for provincial historical societies. The Federation is a non–profit organization registered as a charitable society under the Income Tax Act.

Honorary Patron: Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC,
Lieutenant Governor of BC

Since 1923, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia has been the Federation’s Honorary Patron.

The current Honorary Patron is:

The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

Read Her Honour’s Biography.

Historical Notes and Further Information

The President’s Gavel

E.K. (Ned) De Beck, Clerk of the House (1949-1973), made the Federation President’s gavel from maple wood that came from the colonial legislature buildings often referred to as The Birdcages (1860-1898). When this gavel was presented to the Federation is unknown.

Another mystery – what happened to the first gavel? According to the 1929 BCHA Report, “The Hon. Mr. Justice Martin presented the Association with a gavel made from the wood of the steamer Beaver, the first steamer to traverse the waters of the Pacific Ocean.”