Tag Archives: Dirk Van Stralen

September 17

Employment Opportunity – Multimedia Development Officer

JOB SUMMARY Classification: Visitor Services Officer Job title: Multimedia Development Officer Position: Temporary, full-time Closing Date: September 24th 4:00pm Anticipated Start Date: October 1st, 2018 Status: BC Government Employees Union (BCGEU) Salary grade: $31.59 plus BCGEU benefits Temporary, full-time (35 hours per week, ending April 30, 2019) Internal/External Posting Orientation and supervision – How the […]

March 01

Employment Opportunity – Marketing, Preservation, and Presentation Manager

Barkerville Historic Town & Park, Governed by Barkerville Heritage Trust, has an opening for a Marketing, Preservation, and Presentation Manager (Full-time Permanent Position) JOB SUMMARY Classification: Excluded Staff Position; 35 hours a week Compensation: Competitive Compensation and Benefits Package Job title: Marketing, Preservation, and Presentation Manager. Barkerville exists to inspire today through the courage of […]

October 05

[History Town] Closing for the season inspires a whole slew of emotions

Barkerville closing for the season inspires a whole slew of emotions. The day after the Barkerville season officially ends, when the last of our guests have checked out of the B&Bs and are headed off down Highway 26, is a shock to the system. For many long-time Barkerville “residents” the shock of going from clamour […]

September 27

[History Town] Barkerville’s businesses are a vital part of our seasonal lives

We are in the final days of the Barkerville season. The air is getting colder, the hillsides have turned golden, and the pace of life on the street has slowed. In summer much of my time is caught up in the energy and intensity of crowds and performances. In September, however, our schedule is far […]

September 20

[History Town] Mourning is a necessary and crucial part of life

A few days ago a boy who was about 11 years-old approached me as sat outside Barkerville’s St. George Hotel. “Excuse me,” he said. “Is it true that the people from your time always wear black when someone dies? My teacher said you do.” During my years as a historical interpreter I have often been […]

September 06

[History Town] In Barkerville the weather is never gentle

Last week, on the morning of September 1st, I jumped into my van to make the relatively short drive from Wells to Barkerville. The vehicle’s windshield seemed to be coated in morning mist, so I flicked on my wipers to clear it… but it didn’t clear. It didn’t clear because it turned out the mist […]

August 30

[History Town] Through storytelling, we connect – and intersect – our lives

I love a well-crafted story. I love to hear an anecdote told just right, with a strong through-line, plot twists and curves, switchbacks, tension, a climax and a satisfying conclusion. Throughout my career as an historical interpreter the act of collecting, crafting and telling stories has fueled my professional life. Tonight at the Sunset Theatre […]

August 22

[History Town] The OTHER animals of Barkerville…

Each season in Barkerville we have the great pleasure of spotting wild animals in and around town. During the spring months in particular, before the bigger crowds arrive and as the high snow-pack melts, we often see foxes and martins. Black bears in Barkerville are occasionally observed in May and early-June, and Columbian ground squirrels […]

August 16

[History Town] The animals of Barkerville

Regular visitors to Barkerville get to know our cast of historical characters very well. We love welcoming repeat guests, and we love it when visitors appreciate the various roles we play. But there is a second cast of characters that adds a lot of life and heart to Barkerville – the animals. The animals of […]

August 10

[History Town] Mid-August Musings…

When you work at a place like Barkerville for as long as I have, you tend to think of life as a series of summer seasons, each with its own set of tiny quirks and big, defining moments. We are now into August, the homestretch, the last weeks of summer before we slide into the […]