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Galleria & case studies

Despite their absence from the published historical record, co-ops played vital roles throughout the 20th century in different sectors of BC's economy, rural communities, and among ethnic and religious groups. It is against this backdrop that the Galleria project was developed with the primary aim of providing a comprehensive introduction to the co-operative movement in BC in an engaging and relevant way.

Viewers can weave their way through the co-op stories by taking four different pathways: region (the places in which co-ops develop), theme (how co-ops intersect with people's daily lives), sector (the organizational models of co-ops), or era (the historical context in which co-ops are formed). The kinds of stories told in the Galleria range in style, method, and detail. Many pages contain a PDF link to a document containing additional information. Sources used include archival and written documents, interviews, oral historical records, and photographs gathered from museums and individuals. Authors include CCCBE researchers as well as individuals from the co-op community.


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