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Watershed Moments shortlisted in the BCHF Historical Writing Competition


Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 11:07am

Watershed Moments: A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District (Harbour Publishing, $34.95), by Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths, Judy Hagen and Catherine Siba has just been shortlisted in the British Columbia Historical Federation Historical Writing Competition! The award celebrates books that make significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia.

In Watershed Moments, the Courtenay and District Museum opens its vast collection of historical photographs, glass plate negatives and other ephemera, much of which has never before been available for public viewing. Spanning from the late 1800s to the modern era, here are scenes of K’ómoks village life, boating parties, family celebrations, agricultural events and economic activities. This rich visual depiction of the region and its development is complemented by lively text, drawing heavily on the museum’s extensive holdings of primary source material. Local authors Dickinson, Griffiths, Hagen and Siba write of ancient fish weirs, bride ships and gentlemen adventurers, back-breaking work and astounding beauty, tracing the complex development of a diverse and ever-changing community.

The winner of the BC Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Historical Writing, as well as the second and third place winners of the competition, will be announced at the British Columbia Historical Federation Conference Book Awards Reception on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort.