Public Input Wanted: BC’s Stop of Interest Signs

Media release

Heritage BC Seeks Public Input to Locate and Assess BC’s Stop of Interest Signs

Are there BC Stop of Interest signs in your community? Heritage BC is giving B.C. residents the opportunity to share their opinions about B.C.’s Stop of Interest signs and the commemoration of historic people, places, and events across the province. Help us locate the B.C. Stop of Interest signs. There are lots of ways that you can participate. And prizes to be won!

Heritage BC wants your help to locate and visually assess the condition of the Stop of Interest signs found throughout British Columbia. Starting in 1958, Stop of Interest signs were erected across British Columbia to commemorate significant historic people, places, and events. Over 100 signs were erected from the 1950s through the 1990s. Since that time some signs have gone missing and some have been moved.

In partnership with the Heritage Branch of the Province of British Columbia, Heritage BC is seeking public input to gauge the present location, condition and content of the Stop of Interest signs. This is the first step in creating a contemporary inventory to start planning for the future of the Stop of Interest signs in British Columbia.

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson: “I’ve seen many of these signs during my travels in B.C. and admit that some are in decline. I’m glad we are able to partner with Heritage BC to inventory and plan for next steps for formative signs.”

“This is a fun and educational way for family, friends and colleagues to learn more about British Columbia’s history and discover some of the interesting “Stops of Interest” in our province,” says Heritage BC Executive Director Kathryn Molloy. “Send us your photos and notes about the Stop of Interest in your neighbourhood for a chance to win prizes.”

Are there Stop of Interest signs near your community? You can participate by taking pictures of the signs and the stop of interest they refer to, noting the location, then completing Heritage BC’s online form: www.heritagebc.ca/stops-of-interest-signs-condition-assessment-survey. Forms can be submitted online until December 18, 2015. The information submitted will be used to formulate a report for the Heritage Branch for the end of 2015.

You can also follow Heritage BC on Facebook and @HeritageBCanada on Instagram and Twitter and upload your Stop of Interest photos using the hashtag #bcstopsofinterest. Online form submissions as well as social media submissions will be entered into a prize draw.

Heritage BC is a not for profit charitable organization supporting heritage conservation across British Columbia through education, training and skills development, capacity building in heritage planning and funding through the Heritage Legacy Fund.

Research Fellowship in Archaeology (Maryland)

The Maryland Archaeological Conservation (MAC) Laboratory is pleased to accept applications for its fourth year of the Gloria S. King Research Fellowship in Archaeology. The MAC Lab is an archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility located at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in southern Maryland and is currently home to 8 million artifacts representing over 12,000 years of human occupation in Maryland. The collections are available for research, education, and exhibit and the purpose of the fellowship is to encourage research in the collections.

*Eligibility*: Students, academics, or professionals (employees of the Maryland Historical Trust and St. Mary’s College of Maryland are not eligible); any subject in Maryland archaeology; must use collections at the MAC Lab; must be in residence full time in the MAC Lab; must provide a presentation of research to museum staff.

*Application process*: A 1000 word proposal (up to 4 typed pages,
double-spaced) outlining the problem and the MAC Lab collections to be used, a CV plus a letter of recommendation. Applicants are *strongly* encouraged to contact the lab during proposal preparation to ensure that the lab has collections appropriate to the proposed research.

*Stipend*: Stipend $500 a week, minimum two week stay and maximum 5 week stay. Stipend paid upon completion of fellowship for stay of two weeks; a fellowship of greater length paid in two installments: 50% at the fellowship midway point and 50% upon completion. On-site housing may be available.

Applications must be received at the address below by January 15th, 2016.

Please direct any questions to Patricia Samford at patricia.samford@maryland.gov and send application materials to:

Patricia Samford, Director
Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10515 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, Maryland 20685

‘Heritage Basics’ Presentation, Oct 15

Students may find this of interest as contacts and information may open up future opportunities.

As part of the City of Nanaimo’s Heritage Conservation Program review and update, Heritage BC will be providing a FREE two-hour public presentation entitled “Heritage Basics”.

WHEN: Thursday, October 15, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
WHERE: Nanaimo Museum (100 Museum Way)

The presentation will introduce the basic legislative overview of heritage conservation for local governments in BC, introduce values based management for heritage conservation and planning, the benefits of heritage conservation (social, environmental, economic), and the intersections between heritage conservation and sustainability. Participants will gain an understanding of values centred heritage conservation, including benefits, challenges, opportunities and possible next steps for Nanaimo. No heritage background is necessary.

Hosted by the City’s Culture and Heritage Department, this workshop is free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.


What is Heritage BC?
Heritage BC is a province-wide, not-for-profit, charitable organization supporting heritage conservation across British Columbia through education, training and skills development, capacity building in heritage planning and funding through the Heritage Legacy Fund. HBC is passionate about building links between heritage conservation and tourism, economic and environmental sustainability, community pride and an appreciation of our common history.

Why is the City looking to update and review its Heritage Conservation Program?
The Nanaimo Heritage Strategy was completed in 1994, and in 1998 a Heritage Action Plan was developed. It remains important to periodically review and update this plan to reflect the City’s current priorities while identifying future opportunities. This Fall represents the third review of the plan (now known as the Heritage Conservation Program). The review reflects the approaches and commitments made through the 2014-2020 Cultural Plan for a Creative Nanaimo to engage the community with its culture and heritage in various ways to ensure currently identified priorities and partners are still relevant and to identify areas where we can work better and / or differently with our partners and the community.

  • What do you value most about Nanaimo’s heritage?
  • How could the City better connect “culture” and “heritage”?
  • In your opinion, are there any policy or action improvements that would strengthen the current Heritage Conservation Program, or expand its scope? If so, what are they?
  • Could the City improve the way it celebrates, remembers or promotes Nanaimo’s heritage? If so, how?

You are encouraged to share your comments (at the October 15 workshop and / or through a short online survey). The results of the public input will be presented to City Council in the form of a summary report on the status of the program and recommendations on how best to integrate the program with the policy objectives of the Cultural Plan.

If you have any questions, please contact:

CITY OF NANAIMO
CULTURE AND HERITAGE DEPARTMENT

Phone: 250-755-4483
Email: cultureandheritage@nanaimo.ca
Office: Service & Resource Centre, 411 Dunsmuir Street
Mailing: 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo BC, V9R 5J6

BC Archaeology Forum 2015

For those with an archaeology interest, this is a “must” attend event.  It’s local, i.e., in Vancouver!

Co-hosted by the Musqueam Indian Band and the Laboratory of Archaeology at UBC, Musqueam, BC

Friday, October 16 is a special full-day round-table focussing on archaeological repositories. Please complete  Repositories Round-table and Registration Forms. This event takes place at the Musqueam Community Centre in Classroom 1. Questions about this round-table, please contact Patricia Ormerod, (604) 822-2567.

There is a $15 fee for this round-table; includes snacks and lunch.

Saturday, October 17 is the main day of the Forum and takes place at the Musqueam Cultural Education and Resource Centre, 4000 Musqueam Avenue. Please complete the Registration Form.

The day will begin with a Welcome and continue with panels and presentations. This year, especially welcomed are panels/presentations focussing on 1) Indigenous heritage – challenges and ways to move forward, 2) Heritage Landscapes, and 3) Place and Memory.

There is a $20 registration fee for the forum; includes snacks, a hot lunch, facilities rental, etc.

On Saturday evening there will be a Salmon Feast. There is an additional charge of $25 for this meal.

Sunday, October 18  tours of c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city at the Musqueam Cultural Resource and Education Centre, the Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Vancouver will be organised.

Submit the appropriate form(s) to bcarchforum2015@gmail.com

BC Archaeology Forum 2014 – Nanaimo

SAVE THE DATE

British Columbia Archaeology Forum
Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Nanaimo, BC

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 British Columbia Archaeology Forum will be hosted by Vancouver Island University in the territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation in Nanaimo, BC, this coming October.

A reception will be held on the evening of Friday, October 17th, with Saturday the 18th reserved for a full day of speakers and presentations followed by an evening event, and optional Sunday excursions in the local area.

We are currently consulting with downtown hotels about the event and securing discounted rooms for forum participants; more information on this will be provided asap.

In the meantime, save the date — Saturday, October 18th, 2014 — and we’ll be in touch soon!

Cheers,
2014 Forum Organizers
archforum2014@gmail.com

Vancouver Heritage Site Finder Interactive Map

For those interested in Vancouver’s heritage landscape, you might find this interactive map of interest.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation has transformed the multi-page PDF of the Vancouver Heritage Register into an interactive map with 2000+ sites and some municipal or provincially designated locations. Eventually every site will include building information and history as well as pictures. Currently still in beta form, not all sites have complete information but more are being added all the time.

Go to Vancouver Heritage Site Finder.  [Although the instructions say that the site is best viewed in Chrome or Firefox, I found that it worked in Internet Explorer and Chrome, but NOT Firefox.]

Proceedings, Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage

If you have an interest in underwater archaeology, its management, conservation and preservation of archaeological materials, you’ll find this resource of interest.


The 2nd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (www.apconf.org) was held from 12-16 May 2014 in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The conference was hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the University of Hawai‘i Marine Option Program. More than 139 participants from 27 countries around the world joined together in Honolulu to discuss common goals in underwater cultural heritage research and preservation.

The proceedings for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage are now available, courtesy of The Museum of Underwater Archaeology. This collection includes over 100 papers, video interviews, and posters all freely available online. For example, video interviews with conference chair Dr. Hans Van Tilburg and keynote speakers Dr. James Delgado and Dr. Sayan Praicharnjit. Introductory videos by session organizers describe the reasons for convening their panels and their hopes for future research paths.

The collection is found at http://www.themua.org/collections/collections/show/13

National Park Service E-Library

The NPS Electronic Library is a portal to thousands of electronic publications, covering the cultural and natural history of the National Park Service and the national parks, monuments, and historic sites of the U.S. National Park System.  Included are a variety of NPS newsletters (e.g., Common Ground, Heritage Matters, Preservation Tech Notes), publications (e.g., BAE Bulletins, Reports of the Chaco Center, Urban Ecology), and more.

NPShistory.com was created by two individuals who have a passion for the National Park System: Dr. Harry A. Butowsky and Randall D. Payne.  Both have extensive experience working and volunteering, respectively, with the NPS.

For National Park Service resources from the official website, go to: http://www.nps.gov/history/publications.htm

Historical Publications of Parks Canada

A new website has been created to showcase the rich history of the Canadian National Park System. The National Parks, Historic Sites, and Marine Conservation Areas present a Canadian cultural and natural history textbook. The goal of this new website is to be the largest digital library of hard-to-find, long out-of-print, Parks Canada publications. From its first director, J.B. Harkin, to the present day, Parks Canada has produced a wealth of books, technical reports, and visitor information literature.

ParksCanadaHistory.com could not have been created without the help and
support of Dr. Alan MacEachern, Associate Professor of Canadian History at
the University of Western Ontario and Director of NiCHE.

To visit the site, go to: http://parkscanadahistory.com/

Fall Field School – TRU

Fraser River Archaeological Field School – 9 credits, offered through Thompson Rivers University (Williams Lake) with Northern Shuswap Tribal Council.

This field school will provide students with a broad range of experience in archaeological techniques, and methods that include, excavation, note taking, surveying, site recording, artifact identification, and cataloguing.

The archaeological focus is on the pre-contact and post-contact First Nations’ settlement patterns. This will include historic and prehistoric components.  The field school is directed by archaeologist and anthropologist Beth Bedard.

Deadline for Program Application: July 15, 2014 – Notification of acceptance can be undertaken on or before July 22, 2014. A $100 commitment fee is required along with your application. Spaces are limited, please apply and register early to ensure your place.

Course costs: Course cost for 9 Credits approximately $1,729 and field laboratory costs are approximately $450.

For more information, go to: http://northernshuswaptribalcouncil.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/2014_ARCH_field_school_brochure_May-.pdf