"History isn’t a myth-making discipline, it’s a myth-busting discipline ..."

Sir Richard Evans FBA

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ruskin Hall opened in the fall of 1924 -- not 1922

That the year 1922 shown on the front of the Ruskin Hall should in fact be 1924 is already evident from contemporary newspapers.
Now the minutes of the Regular Maple Ridge Council Meeting of October 4th 1924 show that again.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Whonnock Notes No. 23: Letters from Mahonia Ranche

Mahonia Ranche, 1889. City of Burnaby Archives, Photo ID 477-896
Murdoch, Hannah, and Agnes Kirby settled in Whonnock in 1911.
The record collection of the Langley Centennial Museum in Fort Langley holds about thirty letters written between 1888 and 1895 by Murdoch and Hannah Kirby to sister Agnes, who then still lived with their parents in England.
BC Booklook writes: "The homesteading letters of Hannah Kirby and her brother Murdoch reveal the delights and drudgery of Fraser Valley pioneering at “Mahonia Ranche.” 
Click HERE to download and read transcriptions of the letters in Whonnock Notes No. 23. Or pick up a printed version at the Whonnock post office (Only $5.00). The link to the BC Booklook article is HERE