Times Colonist

Museum launches history book


What: Royal B.C. Museum Free Spirit book launch Where: Royal B.C. Museum, 655 Belleville St.

6 p.m. Friday, June 6 A new book by the Royal B.C. Museum documents the province’s 150 years.

Titled Free Spirit: Stories of You, Me and BC, the book is an investigat­ion into Free Spirit: The Exhibition, a collection of audio and text stories from people in B.C., as well as objects and specimens that details the province’s history.

Writer Gerald Truscott says the book , which is structured like a conversati­on where one story leads to another, and the exhibition show the character of the people of B.C.

“I think people will get a feeling of B.C., a sense that they belong here, a sense of place,” he says of the book, his first. “We’re products of the land we live in.”

The book also includes a 100-minute DVD of travelogue­s from the 1940s and 1950s.

The book costs $39.95. Everyone who buys a copy at the launch gets a free pass to the museum, which is now open all summer-long on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 p.m. The exhibition runs until January 2009.

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