We call them Heritage Fairs and in francophone Canada they are called Fêtes du patrimoine – best translated as heritage parties. Many of our students choose subjects that celebrate Canada in all its diversity and quirkiness. At the last Provincial there were projects on Muggins: the Red Cross dog and natural horsemanship, yet alongside these […]
The next suggestions for smoky summer reading are from Margaret Conrad’s blog post in Acadiensis. As the title suggests we are a diverse people and not all of us are celebrating 150 years as a nation. “Indigenous peoples have served notice that they find little to celebrate in 150 years of Ottawa’s rule,” writes Conrad, […]
The weather has been way too hot for the usual dose of summer reading. So take these next two posts as summer-but-maybe-fall suggestions. The first read is the new issue of Canada’s History formerly The Beaver. You can read here Christopher Moore’s description of the many worthwhile articles especially his commentary on David O’Keefe’s vigorous […]
As the wood fire filled Wawadiťła (Mungo Martin House) with smoke, students in their yellow t-shirts, guests and dignitaries sang Oh Canada. As it has been at every Provincial Heritage Fair, this day was the highlight of the 2017 Provincial: the showcase of student projects. Our featured photo shows the opening ceremony for the showcase […]
The history blog for June is Every Place has a Story, a title that could be part of an elevator pitch for Heritage Fairs. However, it is the blog of Vancouver writer Eve Lazarus who has a passion for unconventional history.
Students will arrive in Victoria July 5 to enjoy an exciting Provincial Fair. Thanks to organizers Mary Campone and Kevin McKeown students will experience some of Victoria’s most important and engaging historic sites.
The BC Heritage Fairs Society is very happy to announce that Kevin Dale McKeown will be the new provincial coordinator.
From the Prairies to Portrait on the $10 bill here are a few thoughtful projects from 2017 BC Regional Fairs.
Active History is a rich source to learn about the work of historians and connections between the past and current events.
This is an update on the Historical Thinking Summer Institute in Ottawa at the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History, July 17-22, 2017.
Our Historic Places videos are examples of place-based learning that can respond to the challenges of history education.
Two more accounts on the topic of Vimy: the first is from Heritage Fairs Alumnus Julie who describes her visit to the battle site and the second is an article on the new Vimy app created by students at a high school in Smith Falls, Ontario.
The BC Historical Federation has launched a lobbying campaign to make the history of this province an election issue.
The History Blog for the Month of April is Christopher Moore’s History News: History (mostly Canadian), a little politics (ditto), and the Tour de France in July.
Historica Canada has a new teaching resource entitled “Think like a Historian: the Battle of Vimy Ridge” in English and “Pensez comme un histoirian” in French. Designed for middle and high school students, they should be a useful support for teachers to explore the curricular concept of evidence with its videos and lesson plans for studying photographs, letters, and newspaper articles of the time. They do not, however, support teaching the controversy around the interpretation and mythologizing of Vimy.
The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 9-12 April, has yielded a rich collection of stories and controversy that can both engage students and give them opportunities to “do history” as they tackle the competing narratives.
The Heritage Fairs program will play an important part in Heritage BC’s annual conference in Victoria, May 4-6. The conference title asks participants to imagine futures. So it is fitting that it should feature the BCHFS that has amongst its core principles encouraging “young people to see history around them” and “forging connections between youth […]
The BCHFS is seeking a Provincial Coordinator who will be an inspiring leader, an effective administrator, and a proponent of the leadership potential in young people. This contract position will commence as soon as possible and no later than April 30, 2017.
It is Spring Break and time to read one of the great non-fiction books on the BC Book Prizes shortlist (see it here). The seven prizes are presented annually at the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala in the spring, as well as a presentation to the winner of The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary […]
From May 25 to 28 the annual conference of the BC Historical Federation, Chilliwack: Land, Water, People, takes place in the Fraser Valley city.
Celebrated educator Gwen Point, chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley, gives the keynote. Workshops include former Heritage Fairs coordinator, Jane Watt.