Upcoming Events


All events take place in the Newcombe Conference Hall at the Royal BC Museum and start at 2:00pm. 
Admission is free for FBCA members, $5 for non-members

February 17th, 2019

Infidels and the Damn Churches: Irreligion in the Archives

Guest Speaker: Dr. Lynne Marks, Professor, Department of History, UVic

British Columbia was and remains a less religious place than the rest of the country. Featuring highlights from her recent award-winning book, Infidels and the Damn Churches: Irreligion and Religion in Settler British Columbia, Lynne Marks will discuss the range of archival sources that went into her research.

Lynne accessed a number of BC Archives collections including Lowery’s Claim, an infamously anti-religious and generally iconoclastic paper of the early twentieth century Kootenays, and the rich Imbert Orchard oral history collection, which provided crucial evidence for the book and inspiration for the book’s title. Church records were also consulted, most of which are held in the United Church of Canada, BC Conference Archives, Vancouver.


March 17th, 2019

Researching the Klondike Gold Rush Steamers: Of Archives, Shipwrecks & Legends

Guest Speaker: Robert D. (Bob) Turner, Curator Emeritus, Royal BC Museum; heritage consultant, photographer and author.

The great Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s and the subsequent rushes to Nome, Fairbanks and other Alaska strikes brought gold seekers to the Pacific Coast from all over the world. To reach the Klondike in the Yukon, hundreds of small boats and dozens of steam-powered paddle wheelers were built and taken to the Yukon River. Subsequently, river steamers became the life-lines of many communities. Bob Turner’s work on the history of the Yukon River steamers has taken him to archives and libraries in places such as St. Louis, Kew, Dawson City, Victoria, Seattle, Juneau and Fairbanks. In this talk, Bob will share some of his stories, photographs and discoveries, and present the history of vessels and highlight the careers of some of the people who were drawn to the Klondike.

Bob Turner is a curator emeritus at the Royal BC Museum and a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He is the author of 18 books on transportation history and has had many articles and reviews published along with about 4000 photographs. His most recent book is The Klondike Gold Rush Steamers, A History of Steam Navigation on the Yukon River.


April 21st, 2019

From Police Corruption and Brothels to Forensics and Murder: A Crime Romp Through our Torrid Past

Guest Speaker: Eve Lazarus, Vancouver-based author, communications consultant, speaker, and storyteller.

Vancouver and Victoria may have postcard perfect images, but once you dig beneath the surface you find police corruption, brothels, ground breaking forensics, and murder. Eve has written six non-fiction books that are part history, part true crime, based on archival materials such as Inquests, police reports, trial transcripts, death certificates, newspaper reports, as well as hundreds of interviews with family, friends, police investigators and other experts. Join Eve on a tour of the dark side in an illustrated presentation featuring stories from her books Sensational Victoria: Bright Lights, Red Lights, Murders, Ghosts and Gardens; Cold Case Vancouver: The City’s Most Baffling Unsolved Murders; Blood, Sweat, and Fear: the story of Inspector Vance; and her latest book, Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic and a Charismatic killer—a #1 BC bestseller.

Eve Lazarus is an author with a passion for history and fascination with murder. She has written six award-winning books of non-fiction.


May 26th, 2019

Acquiring Private Records at the BC Archives

Guest Speaker: Sally Butterfield, Archivist, BC Archives

The BC Archives acquires public records from the Government of British Columbia as well as private records of provincial significance from individuals, families, organizations, and businesses. The BC Archives receives hundreds of inquiries each year from private individuals or organizations interested in donating their records – each inquiry is considered on a case by case basis.

Sally Butterfield is an archivist with the primary responsibility of considering private record inquiries. Sally will provide an overview of the collections policy, considered criteria, and the process of acquiring new records through to making them available for public use. She will highlight some recent acquisitions, including Grafton Tyler Brown’s Giant’s Castle Mountain and an Emily Carr “funny book,” to illustrate the acquisition processes and to draw attention to some of the BC Archives’ new collections.


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September 15th, 2019

Against the Current: The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron

Guest Speaker: Cathy Converse

Agnes Deans Cameron (1863-1912) was an author, journalist, educator, school trustee, sportswoman, orator, adventurer, and international celebrity. She was British Columbia’s first female high school teacher and first school principal, and during her lifetime became one of Canada’s most well-known writers, publishing in the top international magazines and newspapers. Cameron stands as one of the top 150 most significant individuals in the history of the province of British Columbia.

Cathy Converse will share some of the funny incidents, discoveries, and challenges she faced during her research at archives in BC as well as at the Winnipeg Public Library Archives, Library and Archives Canada, and the Chicago Public Library Archives.

Cathy Converse is a number-one best-selling author with several books on the BC Bestseller List. She has been writing for thirty years and has written and co-authored six books and numerous cover stories for magazines and academic journals. She is also the former chair of Social Sciences at Camosun College and was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology. For her work in writing historical biography she has been named in Canadian Who’s Who.

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