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Winter issue of BC History devoted to workers and unions

The Winter 2023 edition of British Columbia History, which is on its way to subscribers now, is guest-edited by BCHF director-at-large Ron Verzuh and presents history from the workplace trenches. Verzuh also contributed “Challenging the Male Breadwinner Tradition: Making history in the workplace.”

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Front Words with Mark Forsythe

This excerpt from the forthcoming issue of British Columbia History looks at the unveiling of a plaque to Darshan Singh Sangha, union organizer and human rights activist; the Centennial Legacy Fund at work; a painted map by Haisla artist Lyle Wilson; a mural dedicated to the Flying Seven; the opening of Old Town, New Approach at the Royal BC Museum; and a fundraiser for Edelweiss Village.

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VIDEO: Upper Similkameen history, culture, and heritage

Dawn Johnson, an Elder from the Upper Similkameen Indian Band, spoke to the BCHF conference in Princeton about okra, pictographs, the Ashnola peoples and society, first contact with newcomers, Fort Okanogan, ranching, pack trains, Band activities today, and language.


VIDEO: Printer’s Devils

In his presentation to the BCHF conference, Ron Verzuh tells the story of the Trail Creek News/Trail News and how it influenced its readers as Trail grew into a small smelter city and prospered. Based on his book Printer’s Devils, a social history that traces how Trailites responded in times of economic crisis, war and life-threatening disease from 1895 to 1925.


The BCHF has a new website!

If you’ve been to our website lately, you’ll notice we’ve made a few changes. If you haven’t, check out our new streamlined look! You can become a member, search for member organizations, subscribe to British Columbia History magazine, follow our blog, make a donation, watch our videos, and more.

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Heritage Abbotsford Society earns Canada Trust award

The Heritage Abbotsford Society has received an award from the National Trust for its efforts to save and restore Turner House (pictured). Built circa 1875, the small board and batten cottage served as farmhouse and family home to Royal Engineer George Turner, who surveyed roads in the Fraser Valley.

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Nelson Museum names Jennifer Dunkerson executive director

Jennifer Dunkerson (pictured) is the new boss at the Nelson Museum. She was previously in management at the Revelstoke Railway Museum and Columbia Basin Trust and has been a planner with Heritage BC.

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Cookies from the Archives continues in Smithers

For the fourth year running, a bakery in Smithers is making cookies using old recipe books from the Bulkley Valley Museum. This time the proceeds are going to the Telkwa Museum and Widzin Kwah Canyon House Museum.

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Doukhobor Discovery Centre seeks 25% funding increase

The Doukhobor Discovery Centre says it needs more cash from the City of Castlegar to support its operations due to increases in the minimum wage and utility rates.

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VIDEO: From “Killer” to “Orca”: A West Coast Story

Dr. Jason Colby of the University of Victoria gives an entertaining presentation to the Vancouver Historical Society on how “killer whales” of sensationalized news stories became the beloved orcas of the West Coast and Salish Sea.


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Doukhobor apology postponed

Sons of Freedom Doukhobor children at New Denver in the 1950s. (Royal BC Museum and Archives C-01739)

The provincial government has postponed an apology to Doukhobors removed from their homes as children and sent to residential school. The apology was expected last month but has been delayed until the new year. It’s been 24 years since an ombudsperson’s report recommended an apology and compensation.

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East Kootenay author releases two history books at once

Keith Powell (pictured) has simultaneously launched Abandoned Kootenays and Koocanusa Burning. The former is a photo collection while the latter is an historical novel.

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South Slocan schoolhouse demolition begins

A 93-year-old former elementary school in South Slocan will soon only be a memory, a victim of a small community unable to afford its upkeep.

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Trail ghost sign reappears

The removal of an awning from a building in downtown Trail revealed a hand-painted sign for a travel agency probably from the 1970s.

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Doug Boersema 1944-2023

Doug Boersema, president of the Telkwa Museum Society, has died at 79. “He was incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about local history in Telkwa and the Bulkley Valley at large,” says Bulkley Valley Museum curator Kira Westby.

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