Vanishing British Columbia

Vanishing British Columbia

Book - 2005
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Univ of Washington Pr

The old buildings and historic places of British Columbia form a kind of "roadside memory," a tangible link with stories of settlement, change, and abandonment that reflect the great themes of Western history. More than a decade ago, Michael Kluckner began painting these dots on his personal map of the province in a watercolor sketchbook. With small towns declining and old rural properties changing, so little of the history of these places has been recorded in museums or archives, and so much of it may disappear "within a heartbeat" as families disperse and memories dim.

After he put a few of the sketches onto his web site, a network of correspondents emerged that eventually led him to the family letters, photo albums, and memories from a disappearing era.Vanishing British Columbia is a record of these places and the stories they tell, and an argument for stewardship of regional history in the face of urbanization and globalization.

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Kluckner has ranged over the length and breadth of this province, making watercolors of buildings, structures, fields, and vistas, often located in remote areas. One hundred and sixty of his paintings are reproduced in color, arranged by region. For each, Kluckner has compiled a remarkably thorough record combining history, the locals' memories of the places, and the fate of the buildings, farms, hotels, and towns, resulting in an often poignant history of old British Columbia. His watercolors are accompanied by historic photos and postcards of the sites. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press ; Seattle : University of Washington Press, c2005
ISBN: 9780295984933
Characteristics: 223 p. : | text 29 cm

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