The Burnaby Historical Society is disbanding after 61 years and people are starting to take notice of some of the issues facing the sector. Recently CBC published an article on the Burnaby Historical Society’s dissolution
What does this mean for other historical societies? Is this a sign of the times or a one-off? How will BC’s history and heritage be preserved, accessed and presented in the future without the grassroots work of non-profit historical societies, heritage organizations, archives, museums and their staff and volunteers?
These are all great questions as we move forward. As we approach the 150th anniversary of BC’s entry into confederation in 2021, how can we pull together and address some of the challenges? How do we support local BC historical societies?
How can you help?
- Read our article about the Burnaby Historical Society’s dissolution
- Listen to our advocacy podcast relevant to the topic from the 2018 BCHF Conference, Nakusp
- Become a member of the BC Historical Federation. Enjoy member benefits and stay on top of issues and opportunities via our e-blasts called The BC BUZZ
- Find your local historical society or heritage organization and join them today!
- Participate in the conversation and engage in social media chatter via Facebook and Twitter
- Subscribe and read British Columbia History magazine
- Donate to our Centennial Legacy Fund to support BC history projects, publications and initiatives in BC
- Get political! Ask your political leaders to address local history and heritage issues. Access tools from our Step Up for History campaigns
- Tell your story — let the BC Historical Federation guest publish a blog post on your issues and let us know about your society’s challenges and accomplishments
- Come to conference! This year being held June 6—10 in Comox Valley