Jan 24

Happy Chinese New Year! Help us solve a horse mystery

Gung Hay Fat Choy! We hope you enjoy the Chinese/Lunar New Year as we ring in the Year of the Horse. People born in the year of the horse are thought to be active, energetic and love to be around people- not unlike the faithful animals themselves! Human connection with horses goes back thousands of years and in collections like the Chung Collection, you'll find lots of historic photographs and images of horses.

Here's one that we're not sure where it was taken- it is believed to be Chinatown in either Vancouver or Portland Oregon.

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Friends and colleagues, we have a New Year’s resolution for 2014: to finally finish all of our Featured Place posts for our blog! This has been an ongoing feature where we feature items in our collections relating to the places in B.C. that are the namesakes of the rooms in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Today we’re going to look for resources to do with Wells B.C. Wells is located in the Cariboo district between Quesnel and Barkerville- much closer to Barkerville though! Today it is mostly a tourist town, accommodating visitors on their way to Barkerville, but it was originally founded as a company town for the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mining Company- whose archives we happen to house here in Rare Books and Special Collection. The town of Wells was named after one of the founders of the company, Fred Wells. The town was established in the first year the mine went into production, which was 1933, and the population plummeted when the mine closed in 1967.

In addition to letters, reports, and maps, the fonds has a number of photographs showing the development of the mine and the town. These mini panoramas (the originals are just over 15 cm in length!) show the mine and the surrounding area ca. the 1930′s:

Historic photograph of water and hills surrounding mine.

Wells area, ca. 1930′s, Cariboo Quartz Mining Company fonds folder 3-11

Historic photograph of mine under construction.

Mine construction, ca. 1930′s, Cariboo Quartz Mining Company fonds folder 3-11

Historic photograph of mine with town in background

View of mine and town in background, ca. 1930′s, Cariboo Quartz Mining Company fonds folder 3-11

You can click on the images above to see them much larger. The Wells Classroom is room 461 in the Barber Centre.

We’re looking forward to featuring more B.C. places in 2014- we hope you’ll read along with us!

 

Jul 04

Reminder: register for the Saltwater City for Youth summer camp!

From our friends at the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C.:

"We are pleased to announce reduced fees for early registration for our CCHSBC “Saltwater City for Youth”, a one week day camp for young teens, August 12-16. Registrations received by Monday, July 15 will be only $100 for CCHS members and $125 for non-members.  CCHSBC membership is only $20. This is a discount from $160 and $200 respectively.

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Jul 04

Reminder: register for the Saltwater City for Youth summer camp!

From our friends at the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C.:

"We are pleased to announce reduced fees for early registration for our CCHSBC “Saltwater City for Youth”, a one week day camp for young teens, August 12-16. Registrations received by Monday, July 15 will be only $100 for CCHS members and $125 for non-members.  CCHSBC membership is only $20. This is a discount from $160 and $200 respectively.

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May 17

Come visit for Alumni weekend!

Come celebrate UBC Alumni Weekend 2013 on Saturday May 25th at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (home of the Chung Collection!), which will host a program featuring UBC alumnus Dr. Laifong Leung.

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Apr 22

Saltwater City Camp for Youth

From our friends at the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C.:

"CCHSBC is pleased to host “Saltwater City for Youth”, a one week day camp for young teens, August 12-16.  The objective of the camp is to educate young teens about the role Chinese Canadians have played in the historic development of Vancouver and how they continue to shape the city.  Field trips include Museum of Vancouver, Chinatown, UBC and Steveston.

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