By David F. Rooney
No one knows our local history like Cathy English who was at the pubic library on Tuesday afternoon reading from her new book, Brown Bag History: Revelstoke Origins. This slim book is chockablock full of tales about the colourful characters who played roles in the founding of our community.
Based on her popular Brown Bag history lectures, held twice a month at lunch time in the Museum, Revelstoke Origins breaks misconceptions like the long-held belief that native peoples rarely used the Revelstoke area. And she touches on the racist attitudes behind government policies established to keep BC a whites-only land. And then there are men like surveyor AS Farwell who hoped to get rich off the Canadian Pacific Railway, Matthew Begbie the Hanging Judge and Lord Revelstoke as well as amusing episodes like the Farwell Police War.
It’s all great fun and Cathy tells our story well. Activate the YouTube player below to watch Cathy’s reading at the library: