history

The village is over a century old and is an important historical site and was at one point the gateway to the mountaneering community in the Canadian Rockies. (RE/MAX photo)

Saving Golden’s Swiss Village: Dr. Johann Roduit and Dr. Ilona Spaar reflect on iconic B.C. spot

The historic Edelweiss Village has been for sale for over a year, and preservation talks are moving

The village is over a century old and is an important historical site and was at one point the gateway to the mountaneering community in the Canadian Rockies. (RE/MAX photo)
Chamber president and long-time community champion Harold Stafford shook the hand of a young man who received a certificate of merit. (Langley Centennial Museum/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Serving 90+ years, Langley chamber keeps changing with times

What started as Langley Board of Trade in 1931 has evolved with the community

Chamber president and long-time community champion Harold Stafford shook the hand of a young man who received a certificate of merit. (Langley Centennial Museum/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Greater Victoria photographer Don Denton is working to discover and preserve the history of B.C.’s forgotten photographers. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

B.C. photographer working to unearth province’s forgotten camera artists

Don Denton collecting and preserving details of mostly unknown photographers

Greater Victoria photographer Don Denton is working to discover and preserve the history of B.C.’s forgotten photographers. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Lee Brandt, A Langley-based crane operator who grew up in Milner will make his television show debut with History TV Canada’s new series, Lost Car Rescue. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Crane, planes and automobiles star in History Network’s Lost Car Rescue

Rescuing classic cars requires more than a love for the classics and…

Lee Brandt, A Langley-based crane operator who grew up in Milner will make his television show debut with History TV Canada’s new series, Lost Car Rescue. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Riley Geiger of Langley competed in the MJT Lindsay Kenney Classic in 2019 at Pagoda Ridge golf club which has hosted various tournaments and events. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley’s Pagoda Ridge sold and will become private golf club

Family-owned course will also get a new name after acquisition

Riley Geiger of Langley competed in the MJT Lindsay Kenney Classic in 2019 at Pagoda Ridge golf club which has hosted various tournaments and events. (Langley Advance Times files)
British Columbia: An Untold History features Langley’s Forsythe explaining the gold rush trail in B.C., the province’s forest history, and the first world war. (Langley Advance Times Files)

Langley’s Mark Forsythe featured in a web series on B.C.’s history

He said the film should be part of school curriculum

British Columbia: An Untold History features Langley’s Forsythe explaining the gold rush trail in B.C., the province’s forest history, and the first world war. (Langley Advance Times Files)
MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

B.C.’s oldest wooden tugboat being scrapped at shipyard in Nanaimo

MV Sea Lion, built in 1905, had a part in 1914 SS Komagata Maru incident

MV Sea Lion, which was built in 1905 and was B.C.'s oldest wooden tugboat, is being scrapped at a shipyard in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Photo of Henry Louis Norwest – Photo taken while as a member of 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles, 1915. (CANADIAN VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL)

KPU Remembers: Students reconstruct Canadian solider’s experience in First World War

Senior university students published videos telling the story of Canadian veterans

Photo of Henry Louis Norwest – Photo taken while as a member of 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles, 1915. (CANADIAN VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL)
Blair family members Sonya Klemm, John Blair, Anne Blair, Doug Blair, and Alan Gregson attended the donation presentation Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Blair family adds $10,000 donation to Langley’s farm museum coffers

Help Load the Wagon campaign raising money to expand Fort Langley facility

  • Nov 8, 2021
Blair family members Sonya Klemm, John Blair, Anne Blair, Doug Blair, and Alan Gregson attended the donation presentation Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)
A date for the launch of the family heritage group has not been announced. Those interested are encouraged to check with the Alder Grove Heritage Society Facebook page for updates. (Dan Ferguson/Black Press Media)

Discovering our history

There are multiple free websites and tools available to help build a family tree

  • Nov 4, 2021
A date for the launch of the family heritage group has not been announced. Those interested are encouraged to check with the Alder Grove Heritage Society Facebook page for updates. (Dan Ferguson/Black Press Media)
Tyler Seib and Calum Farquhar from All in One Productions are filming Wheels of Time in Fort Langley, a short film about the village’s history and that of the CNR train station. The production features the works of local actors and historians. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Reflections on the rails

Play-turned-short-film captures Fort Langley and historic train station dating back to 1910

Tyler Seib and Calum Farquhar from All in One Productions are filming Wheels of Time in Fort Langley, a short film about the village’s history and that of the CNR train station. The production features the works of local actors and historians. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Edwin Campbell at a pre-COVID Remembrance Day service. A portrait of him as a young flight officer and bomber tail-gunner is inset. This year, the long-time Langley resident will wait outside his residence to hear the sound of propellers as aircraft do a fly-past on Nov. 11. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Memories of war still haunt a Langley City veteran

A few years ago, Edwin Campbell shared some of what he saw during the Second World War

Edwin Campbell at a pre-COVID Remembrance Day service. A portrait of him as a young flight officer and bomber tail-gunner is inset. This year, the long-time Langley resident will wait outside his residence to hear the sound of propellers as aircraft do a fly-past on Nov. 11. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Camas flowers in full bloom. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Vancouver Island camas meadows reveal agricultural impact of B.C. colonialism

Lekwungen food expert Cheryl Bryce looks to raise awareness of traditional food systems

  • Sep 30, 2021
Camas flowers in full bloom. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Petrina Arnason (left) with volunteer Teresa Spring, read a decades-old article about her mother then-alderman Muriel Arnason on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Alder Grove Heritage Society museum, as part of Community Heritage Day. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times) (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: More than just telephones: Alder Grove Heritage Society museum marks Community Heritage Day

New additions to archives include newspaper articles and photos from the Aldergrove Star

Petrina Arnason (left) with volunteer Teresa Spring, read a decades-old article about her mother then-alderman Muriel Arnason on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Alder Grove Heritage Society museum, as part of Community Heritage Day. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times) (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
An unidentified photo that was donated to the Alder Grove Heritage Society. People are invited to look at local heritage photos and provide any details they may have. (Alder Grove Heritage Society/Special to The Star)

Alder Grove Heritage Society looks to locals to ID those in historic photos

This years’ Community Heritage Day will be on Saturday, Sept.25

An unidentified photo that was donated to the Alder Grove Heritage Society. People are invited to look at local heritage photos and provide any details they may have. (Alder Grove Heritage Society/Special to The Star)
Vernon summer resident Julie McCann (née Holland) set an unofficial world record Monday, Aug. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park, becoming the fastest woman to run 100 metres on all fours with a clocking of 22.99 seconds. (Christine Castrucow photo)

100 metre dash – on all fours: Vernon woman breaks unofficial Guinness record

Vernon resident Julie McCann sets unofficial Guinness mark as fastest woman to cover 100 metres on all fours

Vernon summer resident Julie McCann (née Holland) set an unofficial world record Monday, Aug. 9, at Greater Vernon Athletic Park, becoming the fastest woman to run 100 metres on all fours with a clocking of 22.99 seconds. (Christine Castrucow photo)
Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo

Vancouver Island man to be reunited with father’s 104-year-old First World War uniform

Geoff Goodship got a call out of the blue from an amateur historian who had acquired the outfit

Geoff Goodship was contacted earlier this year by a man who had acquired his father’s First World War soldier’s uniform. Submitted photo
Murrayville’s John Swityk (L) turned 100 on Aug. 3, surrounded by family and friends and memories. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley veteran turns 100

John Swityk, who fought in the Second World War, was surrounded by family, friends and memories

Murrayville’s John Swityk (L) turned 100 on Aug. 3, surrounded by family and friends and memories. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

VIDEO: B.C. man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
AGHS president Tami Quiring and Kurt Langmann showing off his recent donation. (Scott White/Special to The Star)

Former Star editor donates decades worth of microfilm to Alder Grove Heritage Society

President Tami Quiring said Kurt Langmann’s donation will aid in research and community preservation

AGHS president Tami Quiring and Kurt Langmann showing off his recent donation. (Scott White/Special to The Star)