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VPL #4102, Leonard Frank, 190-, logging bucker beside fallen tree  
VPL #4102, Leonard Frank, 190-, logging bucker beside fallen tree  

Digging Up Our Roots: Logging on the North Shore, an archeological perspective
[January 24, 2001 (VM) Bob Muckle]
Jointly sponsored by the GVRD and Capilano College, an historical archaeological dig on the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve up Burrard Inlet has been functioning as a training school. The site has revealed a substantial logging camp complete with skid roads, remnants of bunkhouses, kitchens, stores, flumes and refuse dumps. Signs diversity, such as Japanese artifacts and non-indigenous shrubs and trees, denote settlement. (see

A Family Album, European Fashion in Shanghai, 1895-1940
[February 28, 2001 (VM) Leonard McCann and Ivan Sayers]
In spite of its remoteness from European fashion centres, Shanghai fashions worn by Europeans and Chinese in that city, were current within a year or two of their entry. Magazines such as Social Shanghai (c.1907), produced for Europeans living in Shanghai, presented advertisements for all the newly arrived fashion. Vancouverites who used to live in Shanghai, can produce albums attesting to this sense of fashion.

VPL #7099, Philip Timms, 190-, Ariadne and visitors on Bowen Island  
VPL #7099, Philip Timms, 190-, Ariadne and visitors on Bowen Island  

Bowen Island: The Place Where Mavericks Flourish
[March 28, 2001 (VM) Lois Meyers-Carter]
Bowen Island, first settled by non-native fishermen and loggers in the 1870s, has been the home of many wild and wonderfully independent men and women mavericks. Today, Bowen Island is a thriving community with its own museum and archives. (see The Greater Vancouver Book, 118-19)

Vancouver: What's to Celebrate at Age 115?
[April 6, 2001 (Incorporation Day Dinner at VanDusen Garden) Michael Kluckner]
Over the years, perceptions of Vancouver have changed. (see Roland Morgan's Vancouver, then and now, Bodima, 1977; Chuck Davis' Vancouver, then and now, Magic Light Publishers, 2001;

The Port of Vancouver: Stories from the Past
April 23, 2001 (VM) Capt. Chris Badger
The Port of Vancouver, now Canada's largest, is the industrial heart of the city and the centre of its commercial connections to the world. Since 1864, when the Brewster sailed with lumber for international ports and then the barque Ellen Lewis carried a load of fence pickets and lumber to Australia, the Port has been shipping cargo to many of the world's nations. Today it has become an efficient venue for the import and export of goods. (see Norman Hacking's History of the Port of Vancouver, Port of Vancouver, 1977)

The Quest for the Northwest Passage and the Epic Voyage of Canada's St. Roch
[May 23, 2001 (AGM at VM) James P. Delgado]
In 1940, the St. Roch, under the command of Henry Larsen, left Vancouver on a two-year voyage that would end 400 years of seafaring history - the quest for the Northwest Passage, that claimed lives of countless ships and men. It scored a series of firsts with its several subsequent voyages and over the years helped cement Canadian sovereignty claims to the Arctic Archipelago. The vessel is now on display at the Maritime Museum. (see James P. Delgado's Dauntless St. Roch: the Mounties Arctic schooner, Horsdal & Schubart, 1992; and Arctic Workhorse: the RCMP schooner St. Roch, Touch Wood Editions, 2003; see also

No Plaster Saint: The Life of Mildred Osterhout Fahrni
[September 26, 2001 (VM) Nancy Knickerbocker - book launch]
(see entry for January 27, 1999)

Vancouver Through the Lens
[October 24, 2001 (VM) Colin Preston]
Many films have documented life in Vancouver since 1907. The oldest film, recovered in Australia, made it way to the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C., then on to the National Archives in Ottawa where it was discovered to have Canadian content. Subsequent films chronicle the city's development. (see Colin Browne's Motion picture production in British Columbia, 1898-1940: a brief historical background and catalogue, British Columbia Provincial Museum, 1979)

Then and Now: A Photographic Essay
[November 24, 2001 (VM) Chuck Davis - book launch]
Changes in Vancouver's development can be dramatic when old photographs are juxtaposed with more recent ones. For example, Main Street (when it was Wesminster Avenue) in the 1880s looked very primitive.
(see Chuck Davis' Vancouver Then and Now: A Photographic Essay, 2001)


VPL #5668, Philip Timms, 1904, 100 block Esplanade, North Vancouver  
VPL #5668, Philip Timms, 1904, 100 block Esplanade, North Vancouver  

The Perfect Little Street Car System: From Ferry to Mountain in North Vancouver, 1906-1947
[January 23, 2002 (VM) Henry Ewert]
From its start with ferries and street cars in 1906 to today's SeaBus/bus operation, the North Vancouver transit system has played a key role in the growth and development of that city. For 41 years, North Vancouver's street cars met the arrival of the Vancouver ferry every 20 minutes like clockwork and was instrumental in linking the two cities. (see Henry Ewert's The Perfect Little Street Car System, North Vancouver museum & Archives Commission, 2000)

VPL #16155, Leonard Frank, 1939, Ambassador Hotel beer parlour  
VPL #16155, Leonard Frank, 1939, Ambassador Hotel beer parlour  

Ten Cents a Glass: The Bygone World of Vancouver's Beer Parlours
[February 27, 2002 (VM) Robert Campbell]
Opened in 1925, Vancouver's beer parlours were the legacy of BC's experience with prohibition, which ended in 1921. The beer palour, a highly regulated environment, sold only beer, no other liquor, food or soft drinks. No entertainment or games were allowed, and single men were supposed to be isolated from single women. The only thing one could do was drink beer. By the late 1970s the beer parlours were over and giving way to the hotel pub. (see also January 24, 1990 entry)

VPL #5134, Philip Timms, 190-, Vancouver High School	 
VPL #5134, Philip Timms, 190-, Vancouver High School  

Every Kid Counts: A History of Inner City Schools in Vancouver
[March 27, 2002 (VM) Noel Herron]
From 1974, parents, teachers, principals and community organizations have been challenged to find assistance for some of the most vulnerable students, the inner city kids, in the public school system. From the late 1980s, a program was launched to feed hungry children although now new problems have arisen, that of obesity and asthma. (see Noel Herron's Every Kid Counts - A History of Inner City Schools in Vancouver, Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association, 2001)

At Home in Stanley Park: Stories of Its Dispersed Families
[April 6, 2002 (Incorporation Day Brunch, Brock House) Jean Barman]
From well before the city's incorporation in 1886 until as late as the 1950s, members of the area's First Nations community and settlers from Britain, Hawaii, and Portugal build homes, raised families, crops and livestock, fished or wored in the mills, and in general, lived and died along the very shores where today thousands now play cricket,m cycle, stroll and run every day. (see Jean Barman's Stanley Park Secret, The Forgotten Families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point, Harbour Press, 2005)

VPL #14079, Ben W. Leeson, 19--, First Nations people in button blankets at Quatsino Sound  
VPL #14079, Ben W. Leeson, 19--, First Nations people in button blankets at Quatsino Sound  

Looking Back - the Origins of the Native Land Issue
[April 24, 2002 (VM) Cole Harris]
To be a British Columbian is to live with the land-issue tension between the settlers the native peoples. The first governor, James Douglas believed that the natives needed sufficient land to thrive and this idea was carried through to 1871 when BC joined Canada. As a province, however, land allotment to the native peoples was very restrictive and the First Nations peoples were not successful in taking their grievances directly to the Crown. The issue is still being worked through. (see Cole Harris' Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance and Reserves in British Columbia, UBC Press, 2002)

VPL #5150, Philip Timms, 1906, Vancouver General Hospital  
VPL #5150, Philip Timms, 1906, Vancouver General Hospital  

The History of the Vancouver General Hospital and the VGH School of Nursing
[May 22, 2002 (AGM at VM) Peggy Etchell]
In 1886 Vancouver's first hospital was a tent, staffed by the CPR surgeon, Dr. J. M. Lefevre followed by a 10 bed Vancouver City Hospital. The present VGH was located to the Fairview site in 1906. Vancouver City Hospital Training School for nurses opened in 1899 with eight students and in 1902 was renamed the Vancouver General Hospital Training School for Nurses. The school continued to provide the city with nurses right up to its closing in 1998.

The Chung Collection at UBC Main Library
[May 25, 2002 (Field Trip)]

Point Roberts
[June 22, 2002 (Field Trip)]

Roedde House Museum Tour
[July 21, 2002 (Field Trip)]
(see entries for January 28, 1987 and May 22, 1991)

VPL #8283, Philip Timms, 1900, cyclists at the Hollow Tree  
VPL #8283, Philip Timms, 1900, cyclists at the Hollow Tree  

Freewheeling in the new city: Vancouver during the Bicycle Boom, 1880-1910
[September 25, 2002 (VM) Marilyn MacPherson]
The bicycle was an important part of Vancouver's transformation. Tucked between the respective railway and automobile eras, the bicycle proved to be more than just a most of transportation - it became a means for creating social identity, a sense of independence for women and yet another means for developing the city's infrastructure. In the 1890s, one bicycling school trained both women and men in the art and etiquette of the bicycle.

Preserving Industrial Heritage in Europe and the Lower Mainland
[October 23, 2002 (VM) John Stuart]
Models of European industrial museum in Greece, England and Germany might provide some insight into preservation of our own heritage. They provide models for local preservation efforts in sites such as Lynn Creek Weir, the Vancouver wharves, the Burrard Dry Dock (1894) and the Moodyville Sawmill (1863).

VPL #7850, Philip Timms, 19--, Orpheum Theatre billboard  
VPL #7850, Philip Timms, 19--, Orpheum Theatre billboard  

The Orpheum at 75! Palace of Entertainment
[November 26, 2002 (JCC) Chuck Davis]
On November 7, 1927, when the Orpheum Theatre opened in Vancouver, it was, with 3,000 seats, the largest theatre in Canada. Designed by Marcus Priteca, it was also one of the most beautiful, incorporating "Egyptian revival", Spanish Renaissance, Greek classical, and Indian architectural styles. It is home today to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and several choirs, and d is still active more than 200 nights a years with shows of all kinds. (see Ivan Ackery's Fifty years on Theatre Row, Hancock House, 1980; see also



Lore Maria Wiener, Couturiere Extraordinaire: From Europe to Shanghai and on to Vancouver
[January 22, 2003 (VM) Ivan Sayers]
Between 1940-90, Lore Maria Wiener ran a design house in Kerrisdale supplying high quality fashions to Vancouver's fashion conscious women. Born in Germany in 1920 and raised a Lutheran, she only later discovered her Jewish roots, which led to her father's internment in 1938. He was released because of his skills as an electrical engineer and escaped to Shanghai. Lara and her mother left Lara's couture training in Vienna and joined her father in China. At the end of the war, she moved to Vancouver, where she began her long career. (see Caludia Cornwall's Letters from Vienna: A Daughter Uncovers her Jewish Past, Douglas & McIntyre, 1995)

Building a Centre on the Edge of the Diaspora: Creating Jewish Identities in Interwar Vancouver
[February 26, 2003 (VM) Dr. Richard Menkis]
Although Jews have had a longstanding association with Vancouver, David Oppenheimer being the second mayor 1888-91, they have had a variety of views as to what being Jewish in Vancouver meant. The community has been divided on identifying with traditional practices to deciding between classical Hebrew, modern Hebrew or Yiddish. Today, the Jewish Community Centre and synagogues, such as the Schara Tzedeck Synagogue remain centres for identity. (see Richard Menkis' The Canadian Jewish studies reader, Red Deer Press, 2004)

The World of Alice Miller Berry & Louis D. Taylor
[March 2003 (VM) Mary Rawson]
Alice Helena Berry (1870-1919) [née Miller] broke ground in the male-dominated business and newspaper domains. She began in life insurance and eventually took over The Vancouver Daily World newspaper. Louis Denison Taylor (1857-1946) joined The World and became Alice's business partner in the early years of the century. Together, Alice and Louis brought their newspaper to significant stature in Vancouver. Taylor also served as mayor. (see The Greater Vancouver Book, 811; Daniel Francis' LD: Mayor Louis Taylor and the rise of Vancouver, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004)

A Victorian Romance: Nova Scotia to Vancouver, 1867-1990
[April 6, 2003 (Incorporation Day Dinner at University Golf Club) John Keenlyside]

Catholic Missions to Japanese Immigrants in Vancouver
[April 23, 2003 (VM) Jacqueline Gresko]
The Roman Catholic Franciscan Sisters of Atonement worked among the Japanese immigrants in the St. James parish of Vancouver. The founder was Kathleen O'Melia (1869-1939) an English immigrant, an Anglican missionary and later a Catholic convert. Although she died before the Japanese internment, the Friars and Sisters of her order, followed the Japanese to Greenwood. Her gravestone is inscribed in both Japanese and English. (see Jacqueline Gresko's Catholic sisters and the Japanese in British Columbia: opportunities and grander dreams, np, 1994)

VPL #2925, Philip Timms, 190-, ship entering Burrard Inlet  
VPL #2925, Philip Timms, 190-, ship entering Burrard Inlet  

Burrard Inlet: An Illustrated History
[May 28, 2003 (AGM at VM) Doreen Armitage]
Before the arrival of outsiders, Burrard Inlet was dotted with First Nations settlements and, from the 1864 sailing of the ship Brewster for international ports with lumber from the Inlet mills, the inlet has been a hive of continued activity. Not only was it a source of work for many, but at the Mechanics Institute at Moodyville workers could borrow books and attend classes in the evenings. The Port of Vancouver is now Canada's largest port. (see Doreen Armitage's Burrard Inlet: A History, Harbour Publishing, 2001; Harold Depiesse's Man Along the Shore!: the story of the Vancouver waterfront as told by longshoremen themselves, 1860's-1975, ILWU Local 500 Pensioners, 1975)

Dunbar architectural tour
[May 29, 2003 (Field Trip)]
(see The Greater Vancouver Book, 107;

Fraser River Park
[July 13, 2003 (Field Trip)]

Clayburn Village and Brickworks
[August 23, 2003 (Field Trip)]
The Village of Clayburn and the brick plant there were founded in 1905 by Charles Maclure, son of John Maclure, a former royal engineer who setted on a government land grant two kilometers West of Clayburn. Reminiscent of a quaint English village, with neat gardens, surrounded by white picket fences, Clayburn was the first company town in BC.

The Stanley Park Companion
[September 25, 2003 (VM) Paul Grant & Laurie Dickson]
Stanley Park, Vancouver's premier park of over 900 acres, has many stories and mysteries. From the First Nations people who lived there, to the squatters, to the burial of a famous person's ashes on top of Siwash Rock, the tales are many and varied. (see Paul Grant and Laurie Dickson's The Stanley Park Companion, Bluefield Press, 2003; Jean Barman's Stanley Park's Secret: the forgotten families of Whoi Whoi, Kanaka Ranch and Brockton Point, Harbour Press, 2005)

VPL #6674, Philip Timms, 190-, streetcar on 600 block West Hastings  
VPL #6674, Philip Timms, 190-, streetcar on 600 block West Hastings  

Vancouver's Glory Years: Public Transit, 1890-1915
[October 23, 2003 (VM) Henry Ewert]
A mere four years after the city's incorporation, Vancouver was at the vanguard of streetcar transportation, with streetcars forming part of the urban infrastructure and facilitating the growth of its communities. From 1890-1915, the era before automobiles, everyone, regardless of race, religion or social status, rode to and from work in the same shared vehicle. The Interurban Line, in the Greater Vancouver area, was the first and longest of its kind in North America. (see Henry Ewert's The Story of the B.C. Electric Railway Company, 1986, The Perfect Little Street Car System, 2000, Vancouver's Glory Years: Public Transit, 1890-1915, Whitecap Press, 2003.)

VPL #6675, Philip Timms, 190-, streetcar with Flack Block  
VPL #6675, Philip Timms, 190-, streetcar with Flack Block  

Building the West: The Early Architects of BC
[November 27, 2003 (VM) Donald Luxton]
Between 1858 and 1937, over 400 architects helped to design and build the province. While Francis Rattenbury (1867-1935) and Samuel Maclure (1860-1935) are more widely known, many other colourful, sometimes eccentric and ambitious others contributed equally to the architectural heritage of British Columbia. (see Donald Luxton's Building the West: Early Architects of British Columbia, Talon Press, 2003)



From Opium Dens to Safe Injection Sites: A History of Drug Use in Vancouver
[January 22, 2004 (VM) Catherine Carstairs]
Drug use in Vancouver, which began openly in the 19th century, was restricted in the 20th century commensurate with the anti-Asian sentiment amongst the law makers and particularly the anti-Asian riots of 1907. Asian dealers were blamed for addicting returning WWI veterans to drugs. Drug use evolved through WWII to marijuana in the 1960s, heroin in the 1970s to cocaine in the 1980s. Because law enforcement has produced limited results, other avenues should be approached. (see The Greater Vancouver Book, 264-67; see also

VPL #19161, Philip Timms, 192-, sunbathers at Kitsilano Beach  
VPL #19161, Philip Timms, 192-, sunbathers at Kitsilano Beach  

Kitsilano Stories
[February 26, 2004 (VM) John Atkin]
By 1890 CP Railways tracks ran across Kits Point to what is now the Kits Pool and a logging camp was established where the Maritime Museum now stands. Plans for a deep sea port never came to fruition but from 1905, when the first Kitsitlano BC Electric street car reached the area, lots were purchased by False Creek mill workers. Eventually, larger homes, contrasting the small cabins along Point Grey road, began to dominate the area. (see John Atkin and Michael Kluckner's Vancouver Walks: Discovering City Heritage, Steller Press, 2003; see also

Dreaming in the Rain: How Vancouver became Hollywood North by Northwest
[March 25, 2004 (VM) David Spaner]
Vancouver's early claim to fame in the film making work began inauspiciously in the 1950's with the death of Errol Flynn in the West End. Early film makers such as Larry Kent (Bitter Ash [1963], Sweet Substitute [1964] and When Tomorrow Dies [1965], planted the seeds of film making in the city. (see David Spaner's Dreaming in the Rain: How Vancouver Became Hollywood North by Northwest, Aresenal Pulp Press, 2003)

VPL #12866, unknown, no date, Chinese men aboard CPR ship  
VPL #12866, unknown, no date, Chinese men aboard CPR ship  

History of the Chinese People in Vancouver
[April 4, 2004 (Incorporation Day Lunch at University Golf Club) Dr. Wallace Chung]
An early Chinese pioneer in Vancouver was Yip Sang, first hired as a booking clerk for the CPR and then promoted to Superintendent one year later. As such, he brought Chinese workers to Vancouver by ship for the CPR. Such ships as the Empress of Asia and Empress of Japan ran regularly between Vancouver and Asia. Dr. Chung spent more than six years restoring a model of the Empress of Asia. (see January 27, 1969; October 27, 1976; January 27, 2005; see also see

House Genealogy in Vancouver: Uncovering the History of the Houses We Live In
[April 22, 2004 (VM) James Johnstone]
Every older home has a genealogy of people who lived in it. The whispers of creaky floorboards or old initials scratched on basement walls then take on a new meaning.(see

Vancouver in View: Its Planning and Development History
[May 27, 2004 (AGM at VM) Gordon Price]
Planning a city leaves an indelible imprint. For example, the West End of Vancouver was laid out like the City of Liverpool, with similar size lots. As well, in 1913, Park Commissioners started buying up houses along English Bay to create parks. Between 1927-29, a scientifically planned grid by Harland Bartholomew, resulted in a major traffic street plan.

VPL #3644, Leonard Frank, 1929, Hastins Sawmills Store before moving to Alma Road  
VPL #3644, Leonard Frank, 1929, Hastins Sawmills Store before moving to Alma Road  
Hastings Mill Museum
[June 15, 2004 (Field Trip)]
The Hastings Mill Store, built in 1865, was one of the only buildings to survive the 1886 fire which destroyed Vancouver. In 1921 the Native Daughters had the building barged from the foot of Dunlevy Street to its present site. They store, officially designated a museum in 1932, holds an eclectic array of artifacts. (see

Hycroft Manor
[August 22, 2004 (Field Trip)]

Bill Miner: Folk Hero or Sly Fox?
[September 23, 2004 (VM) Greg Dickson]
A Robin Hood to some and a thief to others, British Columbians are still as ambivalent about Bill Miner (1846-1913) as they were in 1904. His improbable escape from the BC Penitentiary has left many to believe that it was orchestrated by high officials. He died in prison in Georgia in 1913. (see Frank Anderson's Old Bill Miner: last of the famous western bandits, Heritage House, 2001)

Women of Vancouver: The Early Years
[October 28, 2004 (VM) Jolene Cumming]
The role of women in history has often been ignored. First Nations women were healers, midwives, business-women and teachers. White women, who helped forge changes and reforms to benefit women, settled and populated Vancouver seeking better lives as wages were better in the city. While Japanese women came as picture brides, Chinese women had great difficulty in entering because of the head tax. The more liberated who rode bicycles were warned of the risk of developing “bicycle face.”

Vancouver: Early Film Footage of Our City
[November 25, 2004 (VM) Colin Preston, Reuben Ware, John Atkin]
The earliest film footage of Vancouver is a 1907 film by William Harbeck which shows street scenes of Vancouver and Victoria from the front of a streetcar. Newspapers of the day described Vancouverites as being “Stricken with Kintoscopitis.” Subsequent films, such as Diamond Jubilee (1946) and Vancouver Honeymoon (1960) underscore the richness and depth of Vancouver. (see Colin Browne's Motion picture production in British Columbia, 1898-1940: a brief historical background and catalogue, British Columbia Provincial Museum, 1979)


VPL #9498, unknown, 1900, Yick Lung Jin, tailors  
VPL #9498, unknown, 1900, Yick Lung Jin, tailors  

Chinese Canadians in the First and Second World Wars Their Vancouver Connection
[January 27, 2005 (VM) Judy Maxwell]
In WWI, Chinese Canadians fought in Ypres, while in WWII, they served in all theatres of operation. All served as volunteers and many served behind enemy lines, particularly on the Pacific front. One group was "Force 136" when underwent rigorous training in India and infiltrated behind enemy lines where they were able to blend in. (see The Chinese Canadian Military Museum, 555 Columbia St., Vancouver) (see

The Black Community of Strathcona and Hogan's Alley in Vancouver
[February 24, 2005 (VM) Wayde Compton]
Hogan's Alley, which was destroyed around 1970 for the construction of the Georgia Viaduct, was home to Japanese, Chinese, Italians and a significant number of African Canadians. It contained many black businesses and the city's only black church, the African Methodist Episcopal Fountain Chapel, formed, in part, with the help of Nora Hendrix, grandmother of Jimi Hendrix. The True Resolution Masonic Lodge and Negro Citizens' League were also active in the area. (see Wayde Compton's bluesprint: Black British Columbia Literature and Orature, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2001)

VPL #80679, Art Jones, Bing Crosby show at Forum  
VPL #80679, Art Jones, Bing Crosby show at Forum  

Backstage Vancouver Entertainment Legends in our City
[March 24, 2005 (VM) Red Robinson and Greg Potter]
Vancouver has been the venue for well-known entertainers for over a century. Some returned as frequent visitors, others were here only briefly. Many of the stories have apparently been protected by industry insiders for several decades but careful research reveals a funny as well as a darker side. (see Greg Potter and Red Robinson's Backstage Vancouver: A Century of Entertainment Legends, Harbour Publishing, c. 2005)

Political Cartoons Their History in Canada
[April 28, 2005 (VM) Charles Hou, Roy Peterson, Dan Murphy, Bob Krieger]
Political cartoons deserve a prominent spot in Canadian history texts as they focus on major events in our history and provoke considerable thought. Vancouver is, and has been, a centre for some of the finest cartoons in the country and when a Court of Appeal overturned a judgment against Victoria's Bob Bierman, for his depiction of Bill Vander Zalm, all cartoonists breathed a sigh of relief. (see

VPL #1776, Province Newspaper, 1942, Japanese evacuation - young women square dancing  
VPL #1776, Province Newspaper, 1942, Japanese evacuation - young women square dancing  

Naomi's Road Excerpts Performed by Vancouver Opera singers
[May 26, 2005 (AGM in VM) Joy Kogawa, Masako Fukawa, et al]
History presented in non-written form through music and evocative lyrics, can convey history just as deeply as any treatise on a subject. An opera of a nine-year old's journey from Vancouver to an internment camp in the interior of BC in 1942 is an excellent vehicle to teach school children about something of which they are unfamiliar. (see Joy Kogawa's Naomi's Road, Oxford University Press, 1986)

Bowen Island Museum and Archives
[June 22, 2005 (Field Trip)]
Bowen Island Museum and Archives has an extensive collection of artifacts and biographies of people who lived on the island. (see The Greater Vancouver Book, 118-19; see also

VPL #7750, Philip Timms, 1901, Chinese welcome arch  
VPL #7750, Philip Timms, 1901, Chinese welcome arch  

Chinatown Tour
[July 14, 2005 (Field Trip)]
Chinatown has had a unique historic relationship to Vancouver, dating back to the City's incorporation in 1886. The Chinese Canadian Military Museum at 555 Columbia recognizes the Chinese-Canadian contributions to Canada during the wars. (see entries for January 27, 1969; October 27, 1976)


First Invaders The Literary Origins of British Columbia
[September 22, 2005 (VM) Alan Twigg]
Historians writing about the early history of British Columbia and Vancouver, rely on the recorded experiences of the earliest explorers, priests, traders, scientists, and artists. The written accounts of these visitors make up the literary beginnings of BC. As well, unknown to most is that 300 books have been written by 170 BC aboriginal writers.
(see Alan Twigg's First Invaders: The Literary Origins of British Columbia, Ronsdale Press, 2004; and Aboriginality: The Literary Origins of British Columbia, Vol. 2, Ronsdale Press, 2005)

History of Remembrance Day and Victory Square in Vancouver
[October 27, 2005 (VM) Cameron Cathcart]
Erected by public subscription in 1924, the Cenotaph at Victory Square has been the site for Canada's annual ceremony honouring Canada's war dead. It has recently undergone renovations thanks to contributions from a variety of groups. (see

A New Visual Perspective on Vancouver's History
[November 24, 2005 (VM) Derek Hayes]
From the vague 1791 José Maria Nárvaez chart in which a Punta de la Bodega [Ferguson Point] and Punta de Langara [Point Grey] are detached land masses not far from Boca de Florida Blanco (mouth of the Floridablanco River) [Burrard Inlet] to the modern demographic and satellite images of Vancouver, the history of the city can be traced. Along with photographs, one can begin to understand how Vancouver came together and evolved over the decades. (see Derek Hayes' Historical Atlas of Vancouver and the Lower Fraser Valley, Douglas & McIntyre, 2005)


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