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Watershed Moments wins third prize in the BCHF Historical Writing Competition!

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10:59am

Watershed Moments: A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District, by Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths, Judy Hagen and Catherine Siba, has just won third prize in the British Columbia Historical Federation Historical Writing Competition! The award celebrates books that make significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia. It was announced at the British Columbia Historical Federation Conference Book Awards Reception on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

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 BC Lieutenant Governor's Medal for historical writing was presented to Ronald A. Greene for Carlo Gentile, Gold Rush Photographer, 1863-1866 by Ronald A. Greene (Greene Frogge Press), and the second prize winner in the competition was Ferries & Fjords: The History of Indian Arm by Ralph Drew (self-published).