Ghost Towns in British Columbia

Ghost towns: by their very nature ephemeral, there and then gone, sometimes leaving behind scant amounts of information or the remains of building, sometimes getting repurposed (for good or ill) decades after the end of the town, sometimes leaving behind nothing except memories and romantic notions of what the town used to be.

This exhibit explores themes of emergence, daily life, and sudden (or eventual) disappearances of towns in the province of British Columbia, Canada, through documentary remnants from University of British Columbia Library's Rare Books and Special Collections. Rather than tracing any single town's history, this exhibit looks at the broader phenomena of ghost towns, considering their connection to history, memory, and memory institutions like archives.