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!