Sound Heritage: Aural History, Regional Studies and Literature in British Columbia (PDF)




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The Aural History Program has completed its first full year as a working unit in the Provincial Archives, Department of the Provincial Secretary. The rapid development of aural history in British Columbia demonstrates its vital approach to historical documentation and research. Along with the growth of aural history work goes a change in our view of history itself. We are gaining a broader and more representative view of our heritage in very human terms.

I am pleased to note that during the past year Sound Heritage has provided a forum for historical research in this Province. The magazine has dealt with a broad range of topics and interests ranging from the reminiscences of loggers, mill workers, and Japanese-Canadians, to research on the Province’s soundscape and the Proceedings of the Canadian Aural/Oral History Conference. This variety has been reflected in the rapid growth of the magazine’s readership and circulation.

This issue of Sound Heritage is drawing upon even broader resources. The work of creative writers which relates to our history, used along with the aural research, provides us with some stimulating perspectives. I welcome this creative treatment of our history and am pleased to see writers and artists drawing on material that relates directly to British Columbia.
I am sure that I speak for all those who are interested in the history of our Province when I say that I look forward to future issues of Sound Heritage.
—Grace McCarthy


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