New Royal BC Museum book speaks volumes about BC history

VICTORIA ? The Royal BC Museum has written the book on BC history.

Celebrating the province?s 150 years in 160 pages, Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC, is a collection of vignettes about the lives and locations, the characters and cornerstones that have shaped British Columbia.

?Taken together, these stories show we are all connected by the fantastic history we share,? says Royal BC Museum (RBCM) CEO Pauline Rafferty. ?But I hope they inspire all British Columbians to consider the richness of their own stories and how they contribute to our shared heritage, the larger tapestry of the province.?

Written by RBCM publisher Gerald Truscott, this commemorative book is an element of the six-part Free Spirit project, an RBCM initiative designed to celebrate British Columbia?s 150th anniversary as a Crown Colony. Included with each book is a 100-minute DVD of BC travelogues from the 1940s ? 1960s, compiled by archivist Dennis Duffy of the BC Archives.

?At first glance, the book may appear to focus on objects ? after all, most of it is based on the collections of the provincial museum and archives,? says Truscott, a lifelong BC resident, who has managed the Royal BC Museum publishing program since 1989. ?But every object has a story about the people associated with it.?

The public launch of Free Spirit, the book, will take place at the Royal BC Museum, Friday June 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. Everyone who buys a copy of the book ($39.95) at the event will receive a complimentary pass to the museum.

The book is available at the Royal Museum shop. Or to order a copy, email shop@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca, phone (250) 356-0505 or visit your local bookshop.

The Royal BC Museum, a provincial crown corporation, collects, preserves and interprets artifacts, specimens and documents that tell the story of British Columbia. As the provincial museum and archives, the RBCM proudly shares that story with the world through its research, exhibitions and public programs.

For more information on the Royal BC Museum, visit www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca or call 1-888-447-7977.

About the Author

Born and raised in Vancouver, Gerald Truscott settled in Victoria in 1980 to raise his family and earn a creative writing degree (1982) from the University of Victoria. He has spent his professional life editing and publishing fiction and non-fiction books and writing short works of fiction. Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC is his first book.