Saturday, April 1, 2017
History in the
"Land, Water, People" awards presentations and
conference at Chilliwack Museum May 25-28
BCHF Host Committee Chair
The S.S. Beaver riverboat approaching Chilliwack Landing, ca. 1912.
British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) is holding its annual
conference in Chilliwack on May 25th to 28th in partnership with the
Museum and Historical Society.
conference – themed Land, Water, People – features workshops,
lectures and field trips that explore the people and geography of
Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley.
four day conference will conclude with a Gala Awards Banquet at the
Coast Hotel where among other honours, the Lieutenant Governor’s
Prize for Best Historical Writing will be presented.
provincial conference will see delegates from historical societies,
museums, archives, genealogical centres, historic sites and
universities from as far away as Mackenzie descend into Chilliwack’s
historic downtown core.
The conference will open with a keynote address from Gwen Point,
Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley. Guest speakers
include Mark Smith, General Counsel and Director of Process of the
BC Treaty Commission; water resources engineer and consultant Neil
Peters; Historian and author Jane Watt; Jason Beck, Curator of the
Sports Hall of Fame, UFV history department faculty members
Scott Sheffield and Robin Anderson, former Chilliwack Museum Curator
BC Museum Associate Registrar Paul Ferguson, heritage consultant
and architect Donald Luxton; Sharanjit Sandhra, Coordinator at
UFV’s Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies; Mark Mackenzie, Fraser
River historian; and others.
Delegates will choose from a selection of field trips including a
downtown heritage building tour guided by the Heritage Chilliwack
Society; a tour of the
and Resource Management Centre; a beer tasting and hops trip
Chaos & Solace,
Brewing and the
Chilliwack Hop Farm; a guided tour of the
Threshermen’s Museum; and riverboat landing bus tour.
Her Honour Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC will be in
attendance for a special evening presentation featuring artist David
Campion and Sandra Shields’ provocative exhibit, Grand Theft Terra
Firma, which is currently on display at the Reach Museum Gallery,
Registration for the conference is now open to both members of the
BCHF and the interested public. For more details, please visit www.bchistory.ca/conference.
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