Vancouver Exhibition Opening, 1927
Crawford Kilian, the author of Go Do Some Great Thing,
about black pioneers in British Columbia, has a blog on that subject
The second edition of Crawford’s book has just appeared.
Ladysmith & District Historical Society
Ladysmithonce called Oyster Bayon Vancouver Island has
a fascinating history. It was renamed by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir
for a reason described on the site. One hint: ten streets in town
are named for generals in the Boer War. And theres information
on the sinister Brother Twelve, too.
Chilliwack Museum and Archives
Theres a very detailed decade-by-decade chronology of Chilliwack
at the museums site. Heres an excerpt: 1907 On November
21, the B.C. Electric Railway purchased, for $1,500, the shares
of the Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Southern Railway, [part of which
was the former Chilliwack Power and Light Co. Ltd.] accelerating
the pace of the New Westminster-Chilliwack section of the B.C. Electric
Established in 1936 to stimulate public interest in Vancouver's
history, to encourage historical research and publication, and to
promote the designation and preservation of historic sites. Interesting
North Vancouver Museum and Archives
NVMA preserves historically valuable community records and artifacts; it makes them meaningful and accessible to the public by organizing exhibitions, delivering educational programs, caring for collections, and providing access to archival information.
Books and Special Collections at UBC Library
The largest collection on British Columbia history and literature
in any academic library is at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
at the University of British Columbia.
and Beyond Vancouver Journal
Aerial photographer Don Waite has a new book out with aerial photographs
of the Lower Mainland and other BC regions. This site has some samples.
The potent combination of Michael Kluckner's deep-ranging
research and warm and affectionate paintings of Vanishing British
Columbia makes a visit to his web site a pleasure.
History Research Services
An excellent site from Vancouver "house genealogist" James Johnstone,
who will research (exhaustively!) your old home. Who built it, who
has lived in it, what times were like when it was new, physical
changes and more.
Langley Story Illustrated
An early history by Donald E. Waite.
A nicely-illustrated history of the north shore of Burrard Inlet
Red Robinson is the history of pop music in this part of
the world. He brought the city its first exposure to Bill Haley,
Elvis, Roy Orbison, Little Richard and dozens of others. At one
point he had 42 per cent of the entire radio audience here! Now
you can live those days again at Red's excellent web site.
He's done a bit of broadcasting himself, and Gord Lansdell decided
to start a web site noting ALL the local broadcasters he could find.
Their careers, photos and more are highlights of this site.
This site, launched by local radio history enthusiast Brian Walks,
includes a valuable section called TIME TUNNEL, a chronological
look at radio stations in Metropolitan Vancouver. Brian says Vancouver's
first station was CJCE, run by the Vancouver Sun, which signed on
March 15, 1922.
Timeline of West Vancouver History
Here's a once-over-lightly look at highlights of West Vancouver
history from 1791 to 1938. Not sure why they stopped there, but
check it out!
Tags (Gordon Price)
"Price Tags" is a lively electronic newsletter by former
Vancouver city councillor Gordon Price. It illustrates what's happening
in Vancouver, discusses the city's development, and explores a range
of urban issues. Click on the link above to access back issues.
Check out the Vancouver Public Library website.
Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia
Check out the website of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society
of British Columbia, incorporated in May 2004.
History Internet/Web Site
A rich resource on B.C. history is the BC History Internet/Web Site.
It's handled by David Mattison, and is HUGE.
Elementary School Teachers' Association
Here's a site run by the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association
on which Vancouver visitors to the site can find the name of their
school, when it was built, who it was named for, etc. Click on "History."
Entertainment Hall of Fame Starwalk
The B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame Starwalk pays tribute to B.C.'s
Roedde House, a charmingly restored 1893 home at 1450 Barclay in
Vancouver's West End, is open to the public as a museum, meeting
place, concert venue and more.
Retired broadcaster Jack Bennest has launched a web site that takes
you back, back, back to those glorious days of early radio . . .
and forward, forward, forward to the present day.
Visit Gastown, old Vancouver, courtesy of the Gastown
Business Improvement Society
City of Surrey: A History
Jack Brown, a teacher for decades in Surrey, has assembled a rich
source of materials on the history of Surrey. Lots of photos, maps
and a fascinating look at the early oyster industry here. Well worth
- The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History
As an example of what can be done on the Internet with local history
we give you this terrific site, a superb survey of Seattle's past.
The success of the Seattle material led to an expansion of the service,
and now they cover all of Washington State.