Friday, April 9, 2010

Women's History Fair Participants - Vancouver April 10, 2010

More groups participating in the Women's History Fair, Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, Saturday, April 10, 2010 from 1-4 pm.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Vancouver will be showing information about WILPF's work on peace issues since 1915 showcasing a display of historical material of the organization's work, publications, archival photographs and a record of past activities.

WE*ACT: Women Elders in Action is funded by the Women’s Program of Status of Women Canada and the 411 Senior Centre Society. The group’s focus is to raise awareness and to act on the most pressing social and economic issues facing older women in BC. They have recorded and transcribed the life stories of nearly 80 women elders around the province and published these materials.

Room Magazine (formerly Room of One’s Own) is Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal, published since 1975, by, for, and about women by an all-volunteer Vancouver editorial collective. Room's display includes issues with a focus on BC women’s history.

Pioneer Indian Women Settlers Centenary Celebration 2010: In recognition of the first Indian women who in 1910—despite the law against them—emigrated to Canada from India to reunite their families. Display includes photographs and information on “first wave” women and children by researcher Mahinder Kaur Doman Manhas.

The Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia will feature a display on Chinese Canadian Women: A Legacy of Serving their Communities.The Society is dedicated to broadening our shared understanding of history of the Chinese in British Columbia through research, documentation, preservation and education.

Women's History Fair Participants - Vancouver April 10, 2010

More of the Women's History Fair 2010 participants - the British Columbia History of Nursing Society, the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae, the Japanese Canadian National Museum, the Women's Studies Department of Simon Fraser University, the University Women's Club of Vancouver and the North Vancouver Museum and Archives.

The BC History of Nursing Society will display some of the archives and artifacts from their collection including pages of history, pamphlets and historical nurse’s uniforms.

Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae will show material from their archives and artifacts from the VGH School of Nursing that operated for 99 years (1899-1998) including photographs, publications, uniforms, etc.

The Japanese Canadian National Museum is displaying - 'Our Mothers' Patterns'. "Sewing and dressmaking in the Japanese Canadian community is a legacy of pride, skill and accomplishment passed on from thousands of women who mastered this vital art to practice their craft in British Columbia and across Canada from the early part of the twentieth century to the present". Museum website: Our Mothers' Patterns on-line exhibit at

Simon Fraser University Women’s Studies students are bringing their Women's History projects: original work being done by women's history students. Display includes visual images through a variety of creative student projects and a power point presentation. Students will be in attendance to speak about women's history in general, as well as their own research.

The University Women's Club of Vancouver's display includes archival photographs, brochures, information on the stewardship of their heritage clubhouse, Hycroft, and a display copy of their book, “Women Lead the Way”, written by three members for their 100th anniversary.

The North Vancouver Museum and Archives's display on the history of mountaineering on BC’s North Shore will be joined by 1920’s “Molly the Mountaineer”, (based on the life of famous BC mountaineer Phyllis Munday), who will share stories of BC women climbers and their outdoor adventures.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Women's History Fair Participants - April 10, 2010 Vancouver

Here's more about participants in this Saturday's Women's History Fair at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library - the Original Costume Society, the City of Vancouver Archives, the Arts and Culture Office of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, the Simon Fraser University Gallery Black Communities in British Columbia 1858-2008 project, and the Simon Fraser University Archives.

The Original Costume Museum Society will be at the Fair with Fashion Historian Ivan Sayers and a mannequin display of 'Women in Pants,' including a bloomer trouser costume from the 1860s, a bicycling costume from the 1890s, and factory overalls from the 1940s. Also illustrations from BC photographers, magazines, newspapers and a board game - 'What Shall I Be' 1966. Other representatives from the OCMS will be available to discuss the exhibits with visitors.

The City of Vancouver Archives display features holdings related to women’s history, including digital reproductions, reproductions of photos and other material, brochures, and a PowerPoint presentation.

A selection of posters will be displayed with photographs and biographies of the diverse women who appear on the Arts and Culture office of the Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department's 2008 and 2010 “Remarkable Women, honouring women from Vancouver’s communities” poster series. (2008 posters)

The Black Communities in British Columbia, 1858-2008 poster exhibit highlighting women is a project curated by SFU Women’s Studies 2009 Ruth Wynn Woodward chair Dr. Afua Cooper (not in attendance). Project partnered by the SFU Gallery.

The Simon Fraser University Archives will have an exhibit banner on the development of women’s rights at SFU and a laptop demonstration. Also, an “How to use an archive exhibit with special focus on women’s activism”.

Women's History Fair - April 10, 2010 - Participating Groups

Today, tomorrow, and Saturday, this blog will feature the over 20 historical and cultural groups participating in this Saturday, April 10th's, Women's History Fair at the Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library. This event is presented by the Women's History Network of BC and is co-sponsored by the Vancouver Public Library, Special Collections Department, the Herstory Cafe and the Vancouver Courier newspaper.

Participating groups include the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, the West Kootenay Women's Association, the Philippine Women's Centre of BC and the BC Genealogical Society. For the full list of groups, see the Women's History of BC website.

The Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia will be showcasing Jewish women who have made contributions to BC history since 1858 to the present. The display includes historical photos, memoirs, publications, and teacher’s resources on Jewish history and immigration. Jewish Museum & Archives website:

The West Kootenay Women's Association's display includes a guided presentation of their new website: featuring a 2nd Wave Feminism Time Line. Also available will be paper copies of IMAGES, the Kootenay Women's Newspaper 1973-1991. West Kootenay Women's Assn. website:

The Philippine Women’s Centre of BC is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. The Fair display includes information on the Centre and the women from one of Vancouver’s largest visible minority communities.
Philippine Women's Centre of BC website:

The BC Genealogical Society features a display on “Researching Female Ancestors” with photographs and artifacts and two themed displays – WW1 War Brides and World War II Canadian Women’s Army Corps members. Handouts will be available on researching women & there will be a laptop slide show on researching women. BCGS website: