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

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As the holiday giving season approaches, please remember the BC Historical Federation in your charitable giving plans. We are 100% volunteer-run and every dollar you donate goes to one of our three main activities: British Columbia History magazine, the BCHF awards program, and the Centennial Legacy Fund.

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Call for submissions issued for Historical Writing Awards

We are inviting submissions for the 41st annual Historical Writing Awards for authors of British Columbia history. Non-fiction books published in 2023 representing any aspect of BC history are eligible. The top prize is the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing, which comes with $2,500. 

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VIDEO: The Homefront Campaign in World War II Princeton

Princeton and District Museum and Archives operations manager Todd Davidson paints a picture of Princeton on the home front during World War II. The presentation was delivered during the BC Historical Federation's conference in July.


VIDEO: The Not Entirely Accurate Story of Princeton’s Radio Station

From 1972 until 1999, Princeton had its own local radio station. It was sometimes comical, often unprofessional, and somewhat unusual, but the people involved took it seriously … most of the time. This is George Elliot’s presentation to the BCHF conference this year.




Shawnigan Lake Museum receives $500,000 grant

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A major expansion project at Shawnigan Lake Museum has been boosted by a $500,000 grant from the province’s Destination Development Fund. The society has successfully sourced multiple donations since launching a campaign to triple the size of its 2,100-square-foot facility.

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Kootenay Lake’s last sternwheeler turns 125

On Oct. 22, 1898, the Canadian Pacific Railway launched the SS Moyie. Last month the Kootenay Lake Historical Society celebrated the sternwheeler’s 125th anniversary. Since 1957, it has been a popular museum in Kaslo.

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Haq and History travelling exhibit opens in Golden

The Haq and History exhibit, on at the Golden Museum until Dec. 16, offers visitors the chance to reflect upon stories from and about South Asian Canadian immigrants. Golden was home to the first Sikh temple in North America.

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VIDEO: Youth Hostels and Hostile Locals

Linda Mahood has studied hitchhiking as a social phenomenon and focuses this talk on Vancouver in 1970 when it was the destination of wandering youth, culminating in the Jericho Riot in October 1970, when police evicted young people from the Jericho Youth Hostel.



Chinese Canadian Museum offering guided tours

The Chinese Canadian Museum in Vancouver is now offering guided tours in English every Wednesday and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Tours are complimentary with admission. Make sure you book your tour in advance on our website to secure your spot, as there is a 15-person limit.

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Behind the scenes at the Museum of Surrey

Join Heritage Surrey on Saturday, Nov. 18 for a free private tour of Museum of Surrey and a rare tour of the Surrey Collections vault. The behind the scenes experiences will follow the 10:30 a.m. AGM for the Friends of the Surrey Museum and Archives Society. RSVP by email to

Cranbrook hotel turns 100

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The Mount Baker Hotel in Cranbrook is celebrating its centennial. Starting in 2018 it was renovated in an Art Deco style.

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New life for a Nelson heritage building

(Storrm Lennie/Vista Radio)

The provincial government has sold the old land titles office in Nelson, built in 1900. The building, more recently used as the regional Emergency Management BC office, will be the new home of Summit Psychology.

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Nelson ghost sign resurrected

(Storrm Lennie/Vista Radio)

A ghost sign in Nelson that went out of style, then came back, then faded out, has been restored. It’s complicated, but you can learn all about it by clicking on the button below.

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