Peter Smith holds a copy of Silver Rush: British Columbia’s Silvery Slocan, 1891-1900. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

Peter Smith holds a copy of Silver Rush: British Columbia’s Silvery Slocan, 1891-1900. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

Slocan author wins history writing award

Peter Smith was awarded the Community History Award

A Slocan author has won a provincial award for historical writing.

Peter Smith’s book Silver Rush: British Columbia’s Silvery Slocan 1891-1900 received the Community History Award on June 5 at the 38th annual British Columbia Historical Federation Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Competition.

Smith’s work, published in 2020, details the history of mining over a decade in communities including New Denver, Kaslo, Nakusp and Silverton during which a silver rush drew interest from across the continent.

He was also awarded $500.

The B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Medal meanwhile was awarded to Catherine Clement for her book Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow.