Heritage BC: Celebrating four stand-out heritage awareness projects

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We are dedicating the July and August editions of the Heritage BC Update to the achievements of the many people and projects that stood out in the past year. We celebrate their impacts on their communities and their efforts to conserve heritage and to increase awareness. These are the winners of the 2019 heritage awards.


Bowen Island Virtual Heritage Trail

Education and Awareness award recipients (Recognition):
John Dowler, Bowen Trails
Melissa Harrison, Bowen Heritage

Bowen Island is gaining more visitors with an interest in heritage thanks to this virtual heritage trail, produced in partnership by Bowen Trails and Bowen Heritage. A 1937 map, QR codes and GPS-enabled webpages come together to offer unique tourist experiences, leading an increasing number of visitors on an exploration of the town site. The digital trail features archival images and videos which would not have been possible to add to the existing signs along the trail, creating a fuller, more interactive experience.

Places That Matter and Community History Resource

Education and Awareness award recipients (Honour):
Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Initiated in 2011, The Places That Matter plaque project highlights 125 different sites in the city of Vancouver. The heritage values of sites are diverse, relating to all periods in the city’s history, many different cultural groups, people, neighbourhoods, events, and experiences. For some, the original site is intact, for others the plaque marks something lost or less visible in the modern city.

Lytton Chinese History Museum

Education and Awareness award recipient (Outstanding):
Lorna Fandrich, Executive Director, Lytton Chinese Museum        

The reconstruction of an 1881 Chinese temple, the Lytton Chinese History Museum was built by Lorna and Bernie Fandrich with help from heritage expert Lily Chow, an award-winning author and educator on Chinese migration.

Today, the museum’s historical displays recognize early Chinese influence in Lytton, the Fraser and Thompson Canyons, creating a greater awareness of the historic links between the Chinese community, the First Nations community and other residents.

The Jury Commented: “Through a large collection of artefacts, The Lytton Chinese History Museum tells the once-unknown stories of a community. They were able to reconstruct what was lost, to enrich the community, bringing everything together in a powerful way – it is especially impressive for a small community.”

The Community History Resource website launched in 2017 offering a content-rich webpage for each Places That Matter site. It provides a unique platform to share site history, with photos, media and links, and invites public contributions of stories or photos.

This project has enriched the understanding of heritage places, heritage values, and city history, not only through the plaques but also through the Community History Resource website.

(Dis)Enfranchisement: 1907-1947 The Forty Year Struggle for the Vote (Sikh Heritage Museum, National Historic Site Gur Sikh Temple, Abbotsford)

Education and Awareness award recipients (Outstanding):
Satwinder Kaur Bains, Director, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley
Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, Coordinator, South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley

(Dis)Enfranchisement is the story and exhibition of the fight for the franchise after the voting rights of recently arrived immigrants who were of Indian descent were revoked by Government in 1907. From that time and continuing for forty years until 1947, community members fought vigorously to regain the right to vote while remaining law-abiding and contributing members of society.

Over 50 tours of schools, community groups, and church groups saw the exhibition, which struck a personal chord with many museum-goers as it placed a spotlight on a right denied to many peoples of colour.

The Jury commented: “Highlighting this lesser-known settlement history is extremely impressive. This is an excellent example of using a historic place in a connective way, bringing together the broader public with cultural history.”

To learn more about our heritage awards program and past recipients, please visit our website.

Nominations now open for Heritage BC’s Watch List.

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