Michelle Willard, formerly of the Cumberland Museum and Archives and Kevin McPhedran of the Village of Cumberland are the recipients of a 2019 Award of Merit from the BC Historical Federation.
The Cumberland Museum and Archives partnered with the Village of Cumberland to create interpretive signage to commemorate the once vibrant and significant Japanese Canadian community in Cumberland who were forcibly removed from the coast during internment in the Second World War.
Research was undertaken over a three-year period and engaged past residents and descendants of the Japanese Canadian community in Cumberland. The interpretive panels also highlight photos and artifacts from the Cumberland Museum and Archives
The BCHF’s Award of Merit is given to groups or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the study or promotion of British Columbia history. The award may be for an individual project or for an activity over time.