Barkerville Heritage Trust

Phase 3 of the plan to resume library services has now been launched. Due to COVID-19, the Bob Harkins Branch (downtown) is open for limited service Tuesday-Friday 10 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-2 pm. The Nechako Branch (Hart) is open Monday-Thursday 10 am-6 pm, Friday 10 am-2 pm.

2015
Service Award

The 2015 Jeanne Clarke local history award for service was presented to the Barkerville Heritage Trust. The award was given for their work on Who Am I? – Bridging the Pacific: from Guangdong to Barkerville and back, an exhibition that examines the history of the Chinese immigrants who came to Barkerville, British Columbia in the late 19th and early 20th century to mine and carry out business.

The exhibition features historical archival photographs and portraits by Chow Dong Hoy, a Chinese-Canadian photographer known for his startling, evocative documentation of First Nations, Chinese, and Caucasian subjects. These photos, along with dioramas, an interactive computer kiosk and bilingual book, depict the lives of the Chinese immigrants in the Cariboo region during the Gold Rush.

This exhibition has toured in Canada and China and has been well-received as a strong tribute to and presentation of an important archives for our regional, provincial and national history.