The B.C. Agricultural Association
Exhibition Building at the Willows
The grand history of this astonishing building is told through social and architectural history. The roles of the Secretaries of the Agricultural Association, private individuals, and city councils, are recounted as they plan, organize and control fifty-eight exhibitions over the course of 81 years, from 1861 to 1941.
In an age before emails and computers, the amazing accomplishments of a city in an earlier age are celebrated. The story of Agricultural Exhibitions, first started as a requirement for survival and food production in the Colony of Vancouver’s Island, and later, as a place “where everyone could come and do their best” is a refreshing tale.
The history of the Exhibitions, as they develop from a annual shows of animals and produce to fairgrounds showcasing industrial exhibitions, automobile shows and movie production facilities, is absorbing. The history of Victoria is reflected in the history of this great building, and the exhibitions that came before and after, allowing a unique view of a town’s story.
320 pages. 242 illustrations. Footnotes. Index. ISBN 978-1-77512-040-7 Softcover.
Historic Media. www.LostVictoria.com
After the Book Launch on December 15, 2017, the book will be immediately available
at Ivy’s Bookshop, 2188 Oak Bay Avenue. 250-598-2713 Price: $28.95
Other fine bookstores to follow.
Book Launch December 15, 2017!
A drop-in event at the Oak Bay Library on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 2 p.m.