Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Dewey Readathon!

This weekend I'm reading! That won't be a surprise to many, but this is the fall Dewey 24 Hour Readathon weekend. Although I can't read the entire weekend, due to commitments, I'll read any minute I'm free starting a few minutes ago.

First book to read - New Orleans Mourning by Julie Smith.

1. I'm reading in British Columbia, Canada.
2. Nightsong by M. J. Rhodes is in my reading pile. I'm looking forward to reading this.
3. Snacks - mostly popcorn. Good for cold weather reading.
4. My favourite fun books are mysteries - mostly historical, women detectives, or, Scandinavians.
5. One thing I'm doing differently is to read some books on my Kindle app. Too many books in that TBR pile, same as the physical ones. But one can never have too many books!

Dewey Readathon - Year 10! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Women's History Month in British Columbia

Events scheduled for Women's History Month in BC - two of them this week.

October 12, 2017, Thursday - The Struggle for Women's Suffrage in British Columbia.- A Panel Discussion.  Free, but seating limited. 7 pm at the City of Vancouver Archives, 1150 Chestnut Street, Vancouver. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Panelists: Lara Campbell (Professor, Simon Fraser University), Class and Militancy in Vancouver and Victoria; Sherry Edmunds-Flett (Doctoral Candidate, Simon Fraser), Black Women, Suffrage, and Social Reform in Victoria and Vancouver;
Veronica Strong-Boag (Professor Emerita, UBC), Where was Democracy? The Struggle for Suffrage.
Moderator: Willeen Keough (Professor, Simon Fraser University).

October 14, 2017, Saturday - "Where are the Women in My Family History?' with M. Diane Rogers (yes, that's me!) starting at 3:30. Finding Your Roots Seminar, Surrey, BC. Free, but you do need to register:  This Seminar is all day and features 38 different family history and genealogy topics.

October 14, 2017, Saturday - Meeting the Moodys exhibit opens Oct. 14 to Nov. 25, 2017 at the Port Moody Station Museum. The exhibit showcases original letters and photographs from the Royal BC Museum on the time Mary and Richard Moody spent in British Columbia 1859–1863. October 14, 2-4 pm - Opening reception 
October 29, 2 to 3 p.m., Dr. Hilary Lewin, Exhibit Curator, will speak on "Making Memories: A History of Souvenir Albums". 
November. 5,  2-3 p.m., Dr. Jacqueline Gresko will speak on "Windows on the Past: Mary Moody’s letters on life in the Royal Engineer Camp 1859-1863". 
Museum website:  Address: 2734 Murray St. Port Moody

POSTPONED - October 17, 2017, Tuesday -  Jolene Castillou Cumming shares 3 West End alley stories:
- “Indians at the Kitchen Door”
-   Emily Carr’s adventurous student field trips
-  Elwy’s Alley: How a 7 block long Vancouver Civic Asset came to be named after a 1915 U.S.A. Patented Toiletries. 6 pm at JJ Beans, just off of Davie St, on Bidwell, Vancouver.

October 29, 2017, Sunday - Women's History in the BC Archives (tentative title). 1-3 pm with Archivist, Genevieve Weber and panelists - author, Vanessa Winn and myself. At the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. Watch for info soon on the Royal BC Museum calendar:  BC Archives website:

Status of Women Canada has asked each of us to #claimyourplace on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to "celebrate the courageous women and girls who inspire you to #ClaimYourPlace.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ClaimYourPlace and share photos, videos and words of inspiration."

Merna Forster is one of those inspiring Canadian women. Do visit her site right now - A Guide to Women in Canadian History:

It doesn't appear the British Columbia government is interested this year (or last), but you might like to see the previous years' handouts.

If you know of other women's history events coming up, please let me know. Thanks!

Edited 10 Oct. 2017 - event added.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

BC Historical Federation Conference - Chilliwack, May 25-28, 2017

Coming up quickly in Chilliwack!

May 25-28, 2017 – BC Historical Federation (BCHF) Conference – Historical sessions, tours, workshops; AGM. 

Pre-conference workshops – download poster here 

Thursday – Two workshops - Archive Bootcamp; and Family Curator and Archivist: Taking Care of our Artifacts with BC Genealogical Society members Brenda Smith and M. Diane Rogers; 

Friday – Keynote; lectures; Book Fair; field trips: evening presentation: Grand Theft Terra Firma. 

Saturday – lectures, field trips, tours, gala dinner. 

Sunday – Little Mountain Cemetery Tour and Fraser and Harrison River Boat Tour. 

See the detailed schedule and Register at the BCHF website:

Friday, February 03, 2017

\winter Wander in Vancouver's Vanier Park, Sat. Feb 4th, 2017

The City of Vancouver Archives is once again participating in Winter Wander in Vanier Park.

On February 4, bring your family down to Vanier Park for a day of music, science, history and art - plus, enjoy local food vendors, entertainment, and have the chance to win great prizes.

For only $5.00, admission to the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives is included. 

Plus you can watch performances from the Young Shakespeareans from Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Academy of Music students, Gamelan Bike Bike, and listen to storytelling by Vancouver Public Library. 

New this year: play ball hockey in the Vancouver Archives parking lot, learn to fold origami and explore a giant wild migration map of Canada at MOV, the Museum of Vancouver.

Children 5 and under are free!

Purchase your ticket on the day of the event from the Museum of VancouverH.R. MacMillan Space Centre or the Vancouver Maritime Museum.