You can hear tales about early B.C. at this upcoming presentation

ElderCollege Delta welcomes the return of educator and writer Peter Johnson to discuss his latest book in the first of three special presentations during the spring semester.

A Not So Savage Land: The Art and Times of Frederick Whymper is a biography of a painter and sketcher who, among other things, painted and drew B.C. as the official artist for Western Union Telegraph Company in the 1860s, before the use of the camera.

article continues below

The presentation will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cedar Park Church in Ladner.

It is free to current ElderCollege Delta members and $10 to those who have not yet signed up. Membership includes two other free special sessions.

Whymper's artistic interpretations of this region, his journals and his stories are absolutely astounding. Many detailed accounts of B.C. and the Yukon at the time of settlement and great technological change will be shared. 

Whymper's drawings and paintings of native life and early coastal geography, before the mass arrival of European and American settlers, and his close relationship with all those he met along the way resulted in some fine visual accounts of genuine historical and ethnological importance.

Johnson, a popular presenter with ElderCollege Delta members, will also teach a single class, Writing a Short Story, on Thursday, March 14.

For more information, call 604-943-0262, email or visit



submitted photo

Peter Johnson is shown with ElderCollege Delta council member and presenter Guillermo Bustos preparing the visual supports for an upcoming presentation.

Read Related Topics

© Delta Optimist


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Delta Optimist welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

    Subscription Club: $5/month or $50/year - Receive monthly deals from local merchants.

Opinion POLL

What are you doing more of while stuck at home?

or  view results