Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Calling all British Columbia history lovers

Just a few more sleeps! I'm very excited because on May 9 I'm heading down to Kamloops for the British Columbia Historical Federation 91st provincial conference. This year's conference title is "Historical Grasslands."

I'm especially interested in this year's guest speaker, local rancher and recently appointed Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Judith Guichon who will be speaking on  “History of Ranching in BC.”  

Other speakers include: Dr. Wendy Gardner on the “History of the Changing Grasslands,” Ken Favrholdt on “The Brigade Trails,” Andrew Yarmie on “Women Caring for Kamloops” as well as Dr. Ron Ignace and Ms. Elisabeth Duckworth providing opening remarks at the Opening Reception.  

The conference will also include tours of the Lac de Bois area, the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park, and a sightseeing trip to Tranquille on the Lake, the site of the old Tranquille Sanatorium.  Informative workshop presentations during the first day of the conference include:  Land Titles Office Tour, From B to W: Blogs and Wikis - Writing History in the Digital Age, Copyright for Print and Digital and Developing a Tour Guide Program.

This year's conference will be held from May 9 to 12 at the at Coast Kamloops Convention Centre.  The public is welcome to register for the conference.  Full day and half day options have been made available to encourage local participation.  

A Book Display, providing local authors the opportunity to display/sell their books is also planned. YES! I will be there selling my book, "Lillian Alling: the journey home."

For more information about the conference or projects of the Federation, visit or contact the Chair of the Kamloops Planning Committee, Mary Campone at 250-374-1509 or by email at
It is not too late to take advantage of the opportunity to take part in the Conference.  Registrations close on April 28th, 2013.  You may register on line at

The BCHF was founded in 1922 and is a charitable organization representing almost 27,000 individuals through the many historical societies and museums across the Province.  The simple purpose of the society is to stimulate interest in the study of British Columbia history.  The BCHF publishes “British Columbia History” quarterly, presents the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing Award each year and maintains two scholarships for studies in BC history.

Hope to see you there!

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