Illustrated Cumberland map of workers history

This new illustrated Cumberland map uses historical houses to tell workers’ history.  100% of net proceeds support the Cumberland BC Museum’s fundraising.

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From the gallery writeup:

Houses tell us a story about workers and where they lived. Often clumped together in the least desirable parts of a settlement–in a flood plain, next to the city dump, in the middle of an industrial area-much is revealed by bringing together an illustrated representation of the different areas of a town, in map form.

Labour researcher Robin Folvik and illustrator Sam Bradd both hold an interest in history, illustration, and the use of maps to tell part of a story. Building on their work together in the Graphic History Collective, they decided to work together to create such a map for Cumberland, BC. They consulted with the Cumberland Museum and Archive, and with their input decided that a map of historical houses best supports the Museum and Archive’s work preserving and animating community history.

Museum intern Maleah Schmitke curated a list of archival photos, maps, and locations and Cumberland Museum & Archive’s Anna Rambow provided support, community outreach, and final fact-checking. We are grateful for their support.

The finished map features historical townsites near Cumberland with reference to working-class and more affluent neighbourhoods. This map is also a story about immigration and settlement in a mining town, including different Chinese, Japanese, Black, and settler townsites accompanied by snippets of historical information.

Illustration by Sam Bradd, unionized with Unifor | Research by Robin Folvik and Maleah Schmitke | Graphic Design Assistance: Murray Bush, Flux Design | Printed in a union shop: Marine Printers

The map will be available via the Museum at the Pacific Northwest Labour History Association annual conference (PNLHA 2014 Conference) and the Miners’ Memorial weekend in Cumberland, BC. It is part of show called “Illustrate! Educate! Organize! Working-class and Labour History Through Comics,” a 3 month exhibit at the Cumberland Museum and Archives

This map is a donation to the Museum. 100% of the proceeds of this project support the Museum’s fundraising.

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