UBC student Laura Moberg is the recipient of the 2019 W. Kaye Lamb Award for the best student works. The award and $1000 cash prize was presented at the Federation’s annual conference awards night in Courtenay, BC on June 8.
Laura is a 4th year honours history and English literature student at UBC. Her winning essay is titled: Canada’s Evergreen Playground: Leisure, land and settler colonial nation-building in the promotion of Canadian Pacific Railway tourism in British Columbia, 1920-1945.
Laura’s professor Dr. Laura Ishiguro comments on Laura’s essay:
“To write an essay on tourism promotion in early-twentieth-century British Columbia, Laura built a strong understanding of the wider historical and historiographical context by reading relevant scholarship. However, this is not an essay that was just about weaving together secondary sources with some primary evidence. Rather, Laura worked hard to find the primary sources (Canadian Pacific Railway tourism promotion materials) in the Chung Collection in UBC Special Collections – a huge collection that can be overwhelming to use even for more experienced researchers”.
The BC Historical Federation’s W. Kaye Lamb Award is a scholarship awarded to a student whose work relates to the history of British Columbia.