The British Columbia Historical Federation has provided a collective voice for its member societies since 1922.

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Save the date for the BCHF’s Spring Gathering

On May 4, the BCHF will host a one-day gathering at the University of the Fraser Valley's Chilliwack campus. The event features the BCHF annual general meeting, a keynote presentation, a guided cultural bus tour of Stó:lō territory, and the annual awards evening.

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BCHF award nominations sought

Has an organization or person you know made a difference in the history and heritage field? Are you starting a project relating to the history of BC? Do you know of a project undertaken by a heritage organization that has had major impact in the community? The deadline for many of our funds, awards and scholarships is March 1.

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From Boat Person to Rainbow Activist

In an excerpt from the Winter 2023-24 edition of British Columbia History, Eric Damer chats with Raymond Liens (pictured) about his life work as an activist organizing workers to secure their rights, regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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VIDEO: Bill Miner and BC’s Gilded Age

Over 120 years after Bill Miner came to the Similkameen, he is still probably Canada’s best known desperado. In this presentation to the BCHF conference in Princeton last year, Greg Dickson recounts how Miner made his living rustling cattle, smuggling Chinese immigrants and opium, and robbing trains.


VIDEO: Lessons Learned from Four Years in the Basement

The Princeton Museum began a full collection inventory and catalog process in 2020 after several prior attempts failed. The presentation to the BCHF conference last year by Todd Davidson provides some insights into what the museum has learned through this process. 



Maple Ridge Historical Society seeking board members

The Maple Ridge Historical Society says due to unfortunate circumstances, it now finds itself at the absolute minimum number of board members needed to exist as a society.

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A look at a quintessential Chinese-Canadian family

The Union Laundry on Union Street near Gore in Vancouver, probably in the early 1960s. (Courtesy Elwin Xie)

BCHF board member Elwin Xie will be this month’s presenter to the Vancouver Historical Society. Xie grew up in his parents’ home and business, the Union Laundry. He speaks Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Vancouver and on YouTube.

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Métis Nation BC new operator at Point Ellis House

The Métis Nation BC has won the contract to operate Victoria’s historic Point Ellice House. The Vancouver Island Local History Society stepped away from managing the site in March 2023, citing insufficient government funding. 

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Hidden Black histories of the Lower Mainland

Stories regarding black farmers, settlers, and pioneers in BC tend not to get told because they didn’t write the history books. Can we find and retell their stories? Join a speaker series to learn about hidden Black histories of the Lower Mainland, presented by Shayla Bird (pictured) and Carl Beach.

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Ktunaxa Nation launches book on language, culture, and history

The Ktunaxa Nation has launched a book containing stories of the Nation’s people, culture, language and history. The title, q̓apkiǂ, means “to tell someone everything.” The book contains photos from Ktunaxa communities in both Canada and the US.

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Cranbrook heritage building demolished after fire

(Google Street View)

Demolition of the former Knights Hall in Cranbrook (pictured above in 2012) has been completed after the historic building was deemed unsafe after a fire on Dec. 19. The hall was the former nurses residence for the St. Eugene Hospital and was an apartment building until a previous fire in 2022.

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Royal BC Museum wants to hear from you

The Royal BC Museum is seeking your input to create a reimagined museum that reflects all people in the province. They say they want to learn how the museum can best embrace diversity, connect people, foster a sense of community, and provide positive experiences for all.

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BCMA presents Work From Home & Remote Positions

On Jan. 24, join Tammy Bradford for a webinar on the ins and outs of embracing work from home and hybrid positions in your workplace. Tammy will discuss the Creston Museum’s process of creating hybrid positions and the benefits of work from home positions for both employers and employees.



Ts'ake ze' K'ilisët Violet Gellenbeck

K'ilisët Violet Gellenbeck at the Walk to Witset feast, September 2018. Bulkley Valley Museum visual record collection P984

Witsuwit'en matriarch Ts'ake ze' K'ilisët Violet Gellenbeck died Jan. 4. The Bulkley Valley Museum notes she was an instrumental voice in guiding the development of the Shared Histories research project and book (which won the BCHF historical writing prize), and the Alhk’ikh Ts’ëdilh (Walking Together) exhibition.

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Al Donnelly

Al Donnelly with Boundary Historical Society president Joan Heart and vice-president Cher Wyers at an historic cabin near Greenwood.

Al Donnelly, who died Jan. 1, was an essential part of the Boundary Historical Society: a prolific writer, past president and always a supporter. In 2021, the BCHF recognized him for his work documenting the Boundary and maintaining the society’s cabin at Jewel Lake, seen above.

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