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Finalists announced in BCHF historical writing competition

The seven finalists have been announced for the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing, to be presented at the BCHF awards gala in Chilliwack next month. In addition to the top prize, two runners-up and three honorable mentions will be named plus the recipient of the Community History Award. Click the button for the full list.

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The Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood in BC

Communal home and orchard at Brilliant, at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers. (Trail Historical Society photo 13138)

In this excerpt from the spring issue of British Columbia History, Jonathan J. Kalmakoff looks at various aspects of Doukhobor communal life in the Kootenay-Boundary beginning in 1908, including their homes, orchards, gardens, jam factories, brick plants, sawmills, prayer meetings, and singing.

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New exhibit looks at history of lifesaving trail

While in Victoria, explore a new exhibit at the Maritime Museum of BC that chronicles the history of the West Coast Trail. The 75 km stretch of coastline from Bamfield to Port Renfrew has evolved from a narrow telegraph track carved into the woods to one of the most popular hiking destinations in less than a century.

VIDEO: Little Othoa

In this presentation to the Vancouver Historical Society, Megan Davies and Tamara Myers tell the tale of Othoa Scott, a Hornby Island girl crippled by a back injury a century ago, using her life story to describe the development of a hospital for injured children in Vancouver.


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Friends of BC Archives applauds naming announcement

The Friends of the BC Archives say they welcome the naming of the Royal BC Museum's Provincial Archives, Research and Collections Campus (PARC), scheduled to open in 2026. They say emphasizing the Provincial Archives in the name underscores the importance of the archival collections in this new facility.

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Advocacy group pushes for South Asian Museum

A group called the Museum Liberation Force is pushing for the creation of a museum dedicated to the South Asian community in BC. They say the project has progressed too slowly and its consultation process hasn't been effective.

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Theatre has flourished in Nelson for more than a century

The Nelson opera house stood from 1898 until it burned in a spectacular fire in 1935. (Greg Nesteroff collection)

Nelson Museum archives assistant Tressa Ford looks at the history of theatre in that city. She writes: “In spite of instabilities of venue, funding and societal change, there has always been a stubborn dedication to theatre in Nelson.”

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VIDEO: Simon Chang: Passion for Fashion

A lovely afternoon of storytelling at the Chinatown Storytelling Centre with Simon Chang who shared his inspiring journey from Vancouver's Chinatown to becoming one of Canada's most commercially successful designers. ⁠




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