Voices of BC Book Giveaway

Comments 30 by Rebecca Bollwitt

After discovering I had a passion for writing about local history a few years ago I began to closely follow the works of the Vancouver Archives, Chuck Davis, John Atkin, and more recently James Johnstone. Although Vancouver is only 124 years old, our region has centuries of history which is why I was pretty excited to receive a copy of Voices of British Columbia, a new book published by Robert Budd.

Within my age bracket, Rob Budd has managed to document and share even more regional history than I could imagine. Voices of British Columbia: Stories from Our Frontier isn’t just Rob’s voice, it’s a compilation of stories drawn from the CBC’s Imbert Orchard audio collection. Imbert Orchard was a CBC journalist who traveled across BC between 1959 and 1966 with a recording engineer. He interviewed almost a thousand of the province’s early pioneers and First Nations members — he was essentially a podcaster decades before the term or technology existed.

Rob Budd has brought these recordings to life in the book through his preservation and restoration project. A handful of CD’s with original audio accompany the book, not only giving it that extra impact but really reaching out to the reader and listener on a personal level.

Voices of BC is a personal glimpse into the lives of those who lived in and shaped our province. You can pick it up online or leave a comment below to win one of three copies that I have to give away. In your comment entry I’d love to hear about which BC historic landmark is your favourite, or which you would like to visit. Bonus points for those who can name the man on the top right corner of the front cover.

The book would make an excellent stocking stuffer for history buffs, CBC enthusiasts, and even a student in your life. I will draw three winners at random from all comment entries on Friday, December 17th, 2010.

Update The winners are Stuart C, Dave, and Brianne. Congratulations and enjoy the book!

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  1. GingermommyWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 1:34pm PST

    My favorite place to visit in BC is China Town in Victoria, so much history…love it!

  2. JenniferWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 1:35pm PST

    Well, I am a history buff and CBC enthusiast and I was a student not too long ago so I should qualify for loving this book 🙂

  3. KathrynWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 1:44pm PST

    The Royal BC Musuem – I love that you get a taste of all parts of the province, and I see something new every time I visit.

  4. mike kWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 1:57pm PST

    i want to visit the mining museum near whistler one day

  5. Jay B.Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 2:06pm PST

    Well, you are absolutely right – in a city that is only over a hundred years old, it is very easy to forget about history. Students sometimes make comparison to European or Asian states and their development over thousands of years, but what matters most is not the actual amount of history preceding us, it is much more about people being able to learn from it and draw parallels.

  6. SanazWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 2:50pm PST

    My favourite historic landmark would be Barkerville, so much history in such a small area.

  7. alakittenWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 2:58pm PST

    Every city / town museum has so much to offer if you take the time to read about the history 🙂

  8. MegWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 3:30pm PST

    New Westminster Public Library is wonderful to visit because there is so much history to experience. It was the first public library in British Columbia, when New Westminster was BC’s first capital city.

  9. ErinWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 3:41pm PST

    I love books written/compiled by former CBC personalities. I can’t wait to read this one!

  10. DaveWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 4:04pm PST

    I believe that is Bill Miner in the top corner.

    My favourite BC historic landmark is Barkerville, but I also like the Marine Building.

  11. KarenWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 5:37pm PST

    I loved Fort Steele when I was a kid, especially the General Store with the high shelves full of all sorts of curios. It was the first time I ever had candy sticks (butterscotch was the best) and loved buying tiny silver jawbreakers.

    The Osoyoos Museum is also one of the most fascinating museums I’ve ever seen. It’s housed in the town’s first hockey arena!

  12. CurtisWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 5:51pm PST

    Would love to win this as I teach Social Studies.

  13. SaraWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 7:10pm PST

    Fort Langley is always great to visit!

  14. brianne sheppardWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 8:34pm PST

    I’m a Barkerville fan.. and it looks like Billy Miner to me 🙂 We have a Billy miner restaurant in Kamloops

  15. PINGWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 8:39pm PST


  16. Teresa KWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 8:46pm PST

    Stanley Park

  17. wayneWednesday, December 15th, 2010 — 10:37pm PST

    That’s the legendary train robber Bill Miner.

  18. Patrick M.Thursday, December 16th, 2010 — 3:19am PST

    The Lee Building is my favourite building in Vancouver, but my favourite overall landmark has to be Science World, mostly for the memories.

  19. NevyThursday, December 16th, 2010 — 10:41am PST

    Fort Steele all the way!

    That handsome fella is Bill Minor.

  20. MaeganThursday, December 16th, 2010 — 11:23am PST

    This would be perfect for my dad, he takes himself all over BC on his own little history tours.

  21. sandyThursday, December 16th, 2010 — 2:08pm PST

    like choosing a favourite song, it’s difficult to choose a favourite landmark. but i love stories of people, little details, and from the little (so far) that i know about Victoria and its Chinatown, though it doesn’t emit quite the array of market smells nor the size of that of Vancouver, it is the oldest in Canada, and i adore the stories of so-and-so’s grandfather being the only white boy allowed in Chinatown for awhile, as he was the trusted paperboy, and the tales of opium dens and all the underground trails (some you can see sealed off below wharf st) for long-ago merchants to bring in their wares

    i believe bill minor’s the top right corner man

    robert budd’s a fantastic and positive person – and i am so excited to get my hands on his Voices

  22. JeffThursday, December 16th, 2010 — 2:23pm PST

    I find BC History actually very interesting and have been collecting a number of different books and such on the regions past. I would really love to have a book like this.

  23. JennyThursday, December 16th, 2010 — 4:09pm PST

    I like the historical book and song. They are very interesting and involving more knowledge.

  24. SherylThursday, December 16th, 2010 — 10:43pm PST

    I like the footings from the old English Bay pier, which can be seen during low tide. Gastown is a fave as well.

  25. LiaFriday, December 17th, 2010 — 1:42am PST

    i love the Burnaby Village Museum! 😀

  26. lindawwwwFriday, December 17th, 2010 — 7:52am PST

    Stanley Park, no question. I love spending time there.

  27. stuart CFriday, December 17th, 2010 — 8:34am PST

    wow, that looks like a great book, and would fit well under the Christmas tree for somebody 🙂 that ‘feller’ in the top right is of course Billy Miner! Being a transplated Kamloopsian, where the town has a bit of a love/hate relationship with the man, I know his story well and would love to read more about it in this book 😉

  28. sadie crandleFriday, December 17th, 2010 — 8:42am PST

    Granville Island … love it!

  29. MaryFriday, December 17th, 2010 — 8:46am PST

    i would love to visit underground tunnels in vancouver starting from the Jack Chau building leading to public baths.
    also love the clock in gastown

  30. ChrisFriday, December 17th, 2010 — 2:25pm PST

    I understand the reasoning for demolition, but I was fond of the Jericho Beach wharf – my Grandfather used to take me there and tell me stories of this time in the war. He never really told me much, but it’s just a memory I have of the time I spent with him..

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