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The Fraser Valley History Project features 13 student-produced websites that explore the Fraser Valley’s role in the Second World War.

Web project focuses on Fraser Valley World War Two history

Student websites produced in course at University of the Fraser Valley

 

Karen Dosanjh’s book, Untold Stories: The South Asian Pioneer Experience in BC, was released earlier this year, and details the struggles and successes of the province’s earliest South Asian immigrants. (Contributed photo)

White Rock author’s book tells stories of B.C.’s South Asian pioneers

‘These stories belong to the community’ says Karen Dosanjh

 

The Mennonite Heritage Museum on Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford.

Mennonite Historical Society in Abbotsford seeks input for storytelling project

Digital project asks for stories about living during COVID-19’s ‘changing times’

 

The South Asian Studies Institute at UFV has been given $1.14 million in funding for the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project, which includes the digitization of South Asian Canadian collections such as photos and artifacts. (UFV photo)

University of Fraser Valley receives $1.14M for Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project

Funds go to South Asian Studies Institute in Abbotsford

The South Asian Studies Institute at UFV has been given $1.14 million in funding for the Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project, which includes the digitization of South Asian Canadian collections such as photos and artifacts. (UFV photo)
25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake

25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake

A group of waterskiers were towed behind a plane on Kalamalka Lake back in 1995

25 years later: The water skiing legend on Kalamalka Lake
Parks Canada moving past colonial narratives to paint larger picture of nation’s history

Parks Canada moving past colonial narratives to paint larger picture of nation’s history

Fort Langley National Historic Site will not hold Brigade Days due to COVID-19 restrictions

Parks Canada moving past colonial narratives to paint larger picture of nation’s history
Plans are underway for the restoration of the South Poplar one-room schoolhouse in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford board of education supports restoration of South Poplar schoolhouse

Heritage society hopes to secure federal funding for 87-year-old building

Plans are underway for the restoration of the South Poplar one-room schoolhouse in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)
The Abbotsford Police Department’s restoration of a 1965 Chevy Biscayne is now complete. (Photo by Dale Klippenstein)

Abbotsford Police complete restoration of vintage cruiser

1965 Chevy Biscayne named ‘Carol’ in honour of inspector who died of cancer

  • Jul 16, 2020
The Abbotsford Police Department’s restoration of a 1965 Chevy Biscayne is now complete. (Photo by Dale Klippenstein)
Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon discusses the current situation and actions relating to the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

30 years after Oka crisis, Kanesatake land claims remain unresolved

Serge Simon, the current Grand Chief of Kanesatake, vividly remembers the events of July 11, 1990

Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon discusses the current situation and actions relating to the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)

B.C. museum releases more than 16,000 historical photos of Indigenous life

Digitized images preserved and shared with Indigenous communities

An image from the Royal BC Museum’s digitized collection of historical photographs shows an Interior Salish woman and child weaving baskets. The image is one of thousands posted in an online database. (Courtesy of the Royal BC Museum)
Chad Reimer is the author of the new book The Trials of Albert Stroebel, based on a murder that took place in 1893 on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

New book details 1893 murder in Abbotsford and 2 trials that followed

Farmer John Marshall was found dead on his Sumas Prairie property

  • May 25, 2020
Chad Reimer is the author of the new book The Trials of Albert Stroebel, based on a murder that took place in 1893 on Sumas Prairie in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)

BCHF conference once again slated for Cloverdale

Surrey Historical Society to host 2021 history conference

Vehicles parade through Cloverdale in 1946. The actual parade is unknown as there were six in Cloverdale that year – May Day, the Rodeo, the Kinsmen’s Gymkhana (June 29th), the Fall Fair, August Memorial Service, and the Wild West Show. (Image courtesy of Surrey Historical Society)
Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Fanny Rodgers shows a 45-year-old message left in the walls of her Castlegar home.                                 Photo: John Boivin
A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Thumbprint, hairbrush: Franklin wreck in Nunavut waters reveals sailors’ lives

In 2019, the Parks Canada team produced extraordinary images of the HMS Terror

A collection of new artifacts from the wreck of the Franklin Expedition’s HMS Erebus, is seen at Parks Canada Conservation Laboratories in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Artifacts include a hairbrush, handle of a stamp for a seal, clothes brush, comb, piece of sealing wax, chain, toothbrush and paintbrush. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
On Aug. 9, 1959 over 100 people attended the official cornerstone laying ceremony for the new St. Andrew’s United Church on Grand Avenue. The stone was a gift from the Les Davies family. Sealed in it was a time capsule made by James A. Pearce at the shop of W. J. Windebank which contained mementos for future generations. The time capsule will be opened at the Community Archives on Feb. 15. Pictured at the ceremony are (top row, from left ) Mr. and Mrs. John Marchuk and Amos Gibbard and (front row, from left) Mr. J. L. English, Mrs. Elmer Beharrell, Reverend L.G. Sieber, Jimmie Davies, Les Davies, Mrs. L. T. Beharrell and Mr. W. J. Windebank.                                On August 9th, 1959 over 100 people attended the official cornerstone laying ceremony for the new St. Andrew’s United Church on Grand Avenue. The stone was a gift from the Les Davies family. Sealed in it was a time capsule made by James A. Pearce at the shop of W. J. Windebank which contained mementos for future generations. The time capsule will be opened at the Community Archives on Feb. 15. Pictured at the ceremony are (top row, left to right) Mr. and Mrs. John Marchuk and Amos Gibbard, (front row from left to right) Mr. J. L. English, Mrs. Elmer Beharrell, Reverend L.G. Sieber, Jimmie Davies, Les Davies, Mrs. L. T. Beharrell and Mr. W. J. Windebank. / Mission Community Archives Photo

Mission prepares to celebrate its heritage

February 17-23 is Heritage Week in BC and several local events have been planned

  • Feb 13, 2020
On Aug. 9, 1959 over 100 people attended the official cornerstone laying ceremony for the new St. Andrew’s United Church on Grand Avenue. The stone was a gift from the Les Davies family. Sealed in it was a time capsule made by James A. Pearce at the shop of W. J. Windebank which contained mementos for future generations. The time capsule will be opened at the Community Archives on Feb. 15. Pictured at the ceremony are (top row, from left ) Mr. and Mrs. John Marchuk and Amos Gibbard and (front row, from left) Mr. J. L. English, Mrs. Elmer Beharrell, Reverend L.G. Sieber, Jimmie Davies, Les Davies, Mrs. L. T. Beharrell and Mr. W. J. Windebank.                                On August 9th, 1959 over 100 people attended the official cornerstone laying ceremony for the new St. Andrew’s United Church on Grand Avenue. The stone was a gift from the Les Davies family. Sealed in it was a time capsule made by James A. Pearce at the shop of W. J. Windebank which contained mementos for future generations. The time capsule will be opened at the Community Archives on Feb. 15. Pictured at the ceremony are (top row, left to right) Mr. and Mrs. John Marchuk and Amos Gibbard, (front row from left to right) Mr. J. L. English, Mrs. Elmer Beharrell, Reverend L.G. Sieber, Jimmie Davies, Les Davies, Mrs. L. T. Beharrell and Mr. W. J. Windebank. / Mission Community Archives Photo
Sculptor Nathan Scott adds detail to the tremendous clay mutton chops of John Abbott. Looking on is the ill-fated John Thompson (front right), the 68-day leader Charles Tupper (back right) and Mackenzie Bowell (back left). (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)

Kamloops sculptor casting Canada’s forefathers in bronze

Four of Canada’s early prime ministers will be cast in bronze at a shop in Knutsford, B.C.

  • Feb 9, 2020
Sculptor Nathan Scott adds detail to the tremendous clay mutton chops of John Abbott. Looking on is the ill-fated John Thompson (front right), the 68-day leader Charles Tupper (back right) and Mackenzie Bowell (back left). (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)
Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit

Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit

The best of both worlds in hotel condo

  • Dec 11, 2019
Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit
Artist Robert Amos paints Victoria

Artist Robert Amos paints Victoria

Painter is also an art writer and art historian

  • Sep 27, 2019
Artist Robert Amos paints Victoria
Founding family of the Peninsula

Founding family of the Peninsula

Jennifer Rausch is the latest descendant to open a business maintaining the family’s ties to the area

  • Jul 12, 2019
Founding family of the Peninsula
Andrea Pickard, Planner with Central Saanich, sits on a bench and enjoys the view of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. Don Denton photography

Walking the Crossroads of Central Saanich History

From pub to church, examining local historical landmarks

  • Dec 4, 2018
Andrea Pickard, Planner with Central Saanich, sits on a bench and enjoys the view of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. Don Denton photography