The Balmer's Beach Boathouse – a combined restaurant and dancehall on East Beach, seen as it was in 1920 – is the focus of one of the questions in the new White Rock history quiz on YouTube. White Rock Museum and Archives photo

Online White Rock history quiz posts second segment

White Rock Museum and Archives video challenges locals’ knowledge

How well do you know White Rock history?

Local residents have a second chance to test their knowledge at home with a second edition of White Rock Museum and Archives’ online White Rock History Quiz launched on YouTube Nov. 18.

Hosted and compiled by archives manager Hugh Ellenwood, the 10-question quiz spans a time-frame from 1888 to the 2000s.

The video, running just over 16 minutes, features some well-known aspects of city history – but also throws in a few curveballs relating to lesser-known facts, including some darker and more controversial parts of the community’s past.

Funded in part by a city arts and culture grant, the video was prepared with technical and production assistance from Mark Roland Henning of Boutique Empire Studios.

A media release noted that the quiz is part of the museum’s policy of outreach and engagement with the White Rock community, and particularly in addressing the pandemic-time “challenges of closure and distancing.”

“We wanted to offer people something fun to watch during the pandemic,” Ellenwood said.

“We’ve had a lot of fun making these videos and look forward to making more of them.”

More quizzes are currently in development, along with a video adaptation of Ellenwood’s popular historical walking tours.

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