Centennial Legacy Fund Committee member Paul Ferguson, Lorrie John from the Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum Society, and President Shannon Bettles at the BCHF Awards Gala held June 8, 2019 at the Native Sons Hall at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay, BC. (Darren Durupt photo)

Maritime Museum project receives legacy grant

A special project of the Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum Society has been awarded nearly $5,000 in grant financing from The B.C. Historical Federation’s 2019 Centennial Legacy Fund.

The award-winning project will tell the stories of the boat-building families in the Masset and Old Massett areas, canoe builders of pre-contact times who became the master boat builders of the early commercial fishing fleet.

The project will be presented as an exhibit for several seasons, and will aim to answer how local families are rebuilding the boat-building legacy.

The exhibit will build on strong oral traditions, blended with a foundation of document and artifact preservation. Stories from Haida and pioneer families will also be presented.

Lorrie John from the Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum Society attended the BCHF on June 8 at the gala event in Courtenay, B.C. as part of the BCHF annual conference.

The British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) encourages interest in the history of British Columbia through research, presentation, and support in its role as an umbrella organization for provincial historical societies. Established in 1922, the Federation currently provides a collective voice for over 100 member societies and 24,000 individuals in the provincial not-for-profit historical sector.

The Centennial Legacy Fund supports projects that encourage historical research in regards to British Columbia’s history, its communities and its diverse peoples.

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