For the first time in the BC Historical Federation’s 98-year history, our annual general meeting was held virtually. On Sept. 12, 47 people from member societies around the province signed in to the AGM and kitchen party via Zoom.
Following the business meeting, guest speaker Wendy Wickwire spoke on bridging the divide between academic and public history.
Honourary president Gary Mitchell made a moving speech about how during Covid times the work of our member societies is even more important than ever — heritage is a part of our identity. He thanked members for continuing their work during difficult times, innovating and being creative in learning how to conduct business in a changing world.
President Shannon Bettles thanked council members: “From jumping into business continuity planning off the start, to showing up for virtual meetings even when things have been difficult. Our council pulled together, innovated, adjusted… and baked bread.”
She thanked members and friends for continuing their work in public history.
“You are contributing to your communities and the province, keeping folks connected and engaged, using history as a way to bring forward conversations — even if they are difficult ones”.
To make things fun, periodically through the meeting Greg Nesteroff quizzed participants on aspects of BC’s history, and local authors donated books as prizes to winners.