Many of the province’s top historians will be in Revelstoke this spring when the Revelstoke Museum & Archives hosts the British Columbia Historical Federation’s annual conference.
Revelstoke Revisited will feature several guest speakers and chances for conference delegates and the public to tour historic sites in the area from May 26–28.
The Revelstoke Museum & Archives will host the opening reception on Thursday, May 26. Guests will be able to tour the museum and enjoy a performance by singer Jacolyn Daniluck and pianist Lida Carey.
The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. John Woods at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre on the morning of Friday, May 27. He will speak about Land of Thundering Snow, the museum’s exhibit on the history of avalanches and snow science in Canada. Woods was the lead researcher for the exhibit, which includes a physical display at the museum and an online component at the Virtual Museum of Canada.
As well, Cathy English, the curator of the Revelstoke Museum & Archives, will give a talk “The Romance of the Big Bend” where she will tell tales of tragedy and triumph experienced by explorers and miners of the area north of Revelstoke. She will also talk about Revelstoke’s ski history.
On Friday afternoon, participants will have the chance to tour several local historic sites. They can make a trip to the Rogers Pass National Historic Site in Glacier National Park, take a tour of the Revelstoke Dam and the BC Interior Forestry Museum, go on a walking tour of the Revelstoke River Trail, or take a tour of Revelstoke’s historic downtown.
On Friday evening, the BC Historical Federation will dedicate a monument to explorer Walter Moberly at the Revelstoke Railway Museum. That will be followed by a reception and entertainment.
On Saturday, May 28, delegates will be able to visit the site of the old Nels Nelsen ski jump in Mount Revelstoke National Park.
The conference will culminate with a banquet at the Revelation Lodge at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, where the winners of the B.C. Historical Writing Awards will be presented by Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon.
Visit www.bchistory.ca for more information and to register for all or part of the conference.