Feature Story                                                                 Saturday, April 1, 2017


History in the Making

"Land, Water, People" awards presentations and conference at Chilliwack Museum May 25-28

Laurie Benton, BCHF Host Committee Chair


The S.S. Beaver riverboat approaching Chilliwack Landing, ca. 1912.


he British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) is holding its annual conference in Chilliwack on May 25th to 28th in partnership with the Chilliwack Museum and Historical Society.


The conference – themed Land, Water, People – features workshops, lectures and field trips that explore the people and geography of Chilliwack and the Fraser Valley.


The 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.


The 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 BC Sports Hall of Fame, UFV history department faculty members Scott Sheffield and Robin Anderson, former Chilliwack Museum Curator and Royal 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 Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre; a beer tasting and hops trip featuring Chaos & Solace, Old Yale Brewing and the Chilliwack Hop Farm; a guided tour of the Atchelitz 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, Abbotsford.
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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