history

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

 

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

 

Strawberry Hill Hall is being renovated and moved to another location on its existing corner lot in Newton. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Surrey’s historic Strawberry Hill Hall being moved a few metres in $1.2M reno project

Childcare spaces coming to corner lot where hall has stood for 111 years

 

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)
White Rock Museum and Archives’ Hugh Ellenwood plays quizmaster, posing questions on YouTube about the city’s history. (screen capture)

White Rock Museum and Archives enters online era

Video history quiz shows the way ahead, staff say

White Rock Museum and Archives’ Hugh Ellenwood plays quizmaster, posing questions on YouTube about the city’s history. (screen capture)
Jessie McLean, an assistant curator with the Museum of Surrey, stands in the exhibit “Discover Your Story! We Can Help.” The exhibit, scheduled to open in April, is now open to the public for the first time. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

Museum of Surrey reopens with family history exhibit

Visitors must sign up online for pre-booked, self-guided tours

Jessie McLean, an assistant curator with the Museum of Surrey, stands in the exhibit “Discover Your Story! We Can Help.” The exhibit, scheduled to open in April, is now open to the public for the first time. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
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
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
North Delta History and Heritage is a labour of love researched and written by a dozen members of the Delta Heritage Society’s North Delta Advisory Group. (James Smith photo)

North Delta’s history explored in new first-of-its-kind book

North Delta History and Heritage was researched and written by members of the Delta Heritage Society

North Delta History and Heritage is a labour of love researched and written by a dozen members of the Delta Heritage Society’s North Delta Advisory Group. (James Smith photo)
Members of the Heritage Rail Players sit in the “Connaught” rail car at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway in Cloverdale. (Photo: Malin Jordan)

PICTURES: Heritage Rail Players visit railway station in Cloverdale

Still no decisions on whether or not Surrey’s heritage rail will open in 2020

Members of the Heritage Rail Players sit in the “Connaught” rail car at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway in Cloverdale. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
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)
White Rock’s Harry Deng is the recipient of a 2019 W. Kaye Lamb Award. (Contributed photo)

History essay nets White Rock man BCHF scholarship

Harry Deng awarded the W. Kaye Lamb award for essay about Vancouver’s Chinatown district

  • May 28, 2020
White Rock’s Harry Deng is the recipient of a 2019 W. Kaye Lamb Award. (Contributed photo)
Surrey history buff transcribes her way to a provincial award

Surrey history buff transcribes her way to a provincial award

‘It can be tedious work but it’s also very interesting,’ Diane Johnson says

Surrey history buff transcribes her way to a provincial award
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)
A memorial headstone with two names – Frank and Louise Johnson – was recently found at a property along 13 Avenue in South Surrey. (Contributed photo)

Ocean Park memorial marker to be returned to family

Headstone engraved with names of Frank and Louise Johnson to reside at nearby property in meantime

A memorial headstone with two names – Frank and Louise Johnson – was recently found at a property along 13 Avenue in South Surrey. (Contributed photo)
Curious neighbour solves Ocean Park headstone mystery

Curious neighbour solves Ocean Park headstone mystery

Bill Field tracks down information after work crews discover memorial at under-development property

Curious neighbour solves Ocean Park headstone mystery
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
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)