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Extension BC – Divided in Solidarity

The community of Extension grew up around a coal mine started in the late 1890s by infamous BC coal family the Dunsmuirs.  Extension was diverse and included residents with Italian, British, Finnish, eastern European, American and Chinese backgrounds.  Churches, stores, hotels, a school, cultural halls and a Chinatown were part of the community.  Surprising stories include the connection f acclaimed Canadian artist, EJ Hughes, to Extension, African American coal mining families and a group of Communists.  The exhibit features artifacts, photos and maps from museums, archives, art galleries and public collections.

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