UBC Rare Books and Special Collections is excited to announce the acquisition of the hand-written journal of Susanna Weynton, who sailed with her husband to fur trading posts on the Pacific Coast between 1849 and 1851. Alexander John Weynton was captain of a Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship that rounded Cape Horn with stops in Hawaii and stays at Fort Langley, Victoria and Fort Rupert. It’s the earliest firsthand account written by a woman known to exist. For more on this treasure, read HERE and follow the links to the journal itself.
Fort Langley Community Improvement Society is running two plans for a possible plaza makeover up the flag pole. The iconic community hall is at the heart of the village on Glover Road. See Langley Times story and links to proposal HERE. Public comments are being sought before a final decision is made.
The Salmon River near Glover Road in 1938.
Heritage consultant Don Luxton presented a report about Langley’s evolution, development and identity to Langley Township council on Monday July 24th. Our Shared History is a thorough review of the township’s history that could help guide community development decisions. (After similar reports this is being done in some communities like Victoria, Vancouver and Campbell River.) Our Shared History explores five key themes — habitation (pre and post contact), economies, governance, society and the arts. Some TOL councillors remarked that the report could be valuable in area schools, and used to enlighten newcomers and Langley Township residents about their own history. The initiative was launched by the Township’s Heritage Advisory Committee last fall. A special task force was then struck with representation from the Langley Heritage Society, community-based organizations, local historians and First Nations. A summary of the report can be read HERE. The full background document is located HERE.
It was a perfect day for a ribbon cutting at Langley’s Michaud House where the new Langley Memorial Hospital Archives is now housed. (Note the cheeky donation “pan”, centre right.) Jim McGregor hosted the event, which featured a ribbon cutting and appreciation expressed to the many volunteers with the Langley Memorial Hospital Heritage Committee. The museum will open Wednesday August 23rd and be staffed by volunteers every Wednesday from 10 am – 2 pm. Admission by donation.
Momentoes and artifacts from Langley Memorial Hospital are on display at the archival museum, the result of volunteer efforts by the Langley Memorial Hospital Heritage Committee. The official launch was 70 years to the day since the first footings were laid at Langley Memorial Hospital, known at the time as Cottage Hospital. Langley Times story HERE.