Congratulations to the following BC recipients of the 2016 Canadian Museum of History Community Stories Investment Program. The program helps smaller Canadian museums and heritage organizations work with their communities to develop virtual exhibits that engage online audiences in the stories, past and present, of Canada’s communities.
- Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society – virtual exhibit “Knee High by the First of July” explores the cultivation and development of corn, a crop that lies at the heart of the Agassiz-Harrison community and has ultimately fuelled the region’s large and successful dairy industry.
- Central Okanagan Heritage Society – virtual exhibit “Advance with Courage: Lord and Lady Aberdeen in the Okanagan Valley” explores the story of the aristocratic Scottish couple Lord and Lady Aberdeen, who in 1891 purchased land in the Okanagan Valley sight unseen, then spearheaded commercial fruit cultivation and helped build the local community.
- Langley Centennial Museum – virtual exhibit “John Philip Jackman: From Royal Engineer to Reeve” explores how the Royal Engineers shaped the country, as both engineers and as community leaders, through the life of Philip Jackman, who came to BC in 1859 as a Royal Engineer, and later became Mayor of Langley.
- Qualicum Beach Museum – virtual exhibit “Paleontology on Vancouver Island: How one man’s passion for science, nature and learning inspired a community (with Graham Beard, collector and curator)” explores the paleontology of Qualicum Beach through some of the museum’s world-class fossils and through the story of retired local schoolteacher Graham Beard, whose passion and knowledge continue to inspire the community and museum visitors.