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February 8, 2018 - Heritage Week + VHF is hiring!
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  • Heritage Week 2018
  • Join our team!
  • Evening Lectures: Stanley Park: Digging Deeper and Rethinking Cultural Heritage
  • Architectural Photography Workshop and Tour at the Orpheum
  • Old School: Researching at the Vancouver Archives

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Did you know...

...the "Punjabi Market" has been around since the 1970s? This commercial district on Main Street between 48th and 51st Avenues came to be known as the Punjabi Market as the South Asian community grew around one shop which opened in 1970. This area became the heart of South Asian life with a host of shops, restaurants and food markets. Every year in April this history and cultural identity is celebrated during the Vaisakhi Parade.

Find out more about the Punjabi Market and the Vaisakhi Parade here.

February 8, 2018
Hi Nicole,

Welcome to February! Heritage Week is just a couple of weeks away, and we are excited to launch this week of fun events. While Gastown Revisited reached capacity in record time, there are some spots left in Sunday Morning at Punjabi Market with Naveen Girn and others discussing the rich history and flavours of this area.  

Below there is more information about the host of events and programs we have coming up, and details about a new position with our staff team.

Heritage Week 2018: February 19 - 25

IMGP0620Heritage Week is just a couple of weeks away! The theme is "Heritage Stands the Test of Time", celebrating the lasting value and significance of our historic sites and buildings, their role in telling community stories and their rich contribution to our lives today. We are joining the rest of the province in celebrating this important week with events and inspiration to get you out exploring historic places in our city.

Places That Matter: Community Celebration
Wednesday, February 21st
6:30pm - 9pm, Program 7pm - 8pm

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2305 W 7th Ave

We are celebrating Heritage Week, along with the official launch of the Community History Resource, with an evening of storytelling, history and community. Local comedian Morgan Brayton will serve as MC introducing several speakers connected to memorable sites honoured through the Places That Matter program. There will also be a reading of the official Heritage Week proclamation. Drop in throughout the evening to share your own stories as well as explore community displays, the plaque project and the new website. Refreshments will also be available.

Gastown Revisited

Saturday, February 24th
10am - 12pm

Currently at Capacity, email to be added to wait list

Since its designation as a heritage district in 1971, Gastown has continued to evolve and adapt to a changing city. On this walking tour, John Atkin will explore some of the more recent interventions and discover there’s more to the district than initially meets the eye.

Sunday Morning at Punjabi Market
Sunday, February 25th
9:30am - 12pm

Register here, $25
All India Sweets and Restaurant, 6560 Main St

Enjoy a morning of cultural stories and local history starting at All India Sweets and Restaurant, one of our Places That Matter sites. Enjoy authentic chai and treats and hear Naveen Girn speak about the people, businesses and stories that make this part of town so special. Then enjoy a walking tour of the area that highlights the past and looks towards the future of this vibrant area.  

Join the VHF Team: Administrative Assistant

We are hiring a part-time Administrative Assistant to join our dedicated staff team immediately. Reporting to the Executive Director, working closely with the Office and Program Coordinator, and in collaboration with other VHF staff, the Administrative Assistant will have responsibility for a variety of office support services including reception, basic bookkeeping and filing, and support tasks in communications and programming. This position has opportunity for flexible scheduling and is a great opportunity to gain experience in a not-for-profit organization, contribute to our work as well as learn about Vancouver's history and built heritage.

View the job posting here and apply by February 22nd.

Evening Lecture: Stanley Park: Digging Deeper and Rethinking Cultural Heritage

Brockton Point. Image Courtesy Vancouver Park BoardStanley Park is often thought of as a relatively untouched piece of nature amid Vancouver’s built landscape. The appreciation and understanding of the park is broadening and deepening as thousands of years of First Nations presence are better understood beyond the colonial history. With this context, Reconciliation Planner Rena Soutar (Cha’an Tdut) and Vancouver Park Board Archaeologist Geordie Howe will consider how we define “our cultural heritage” as a city. They will explore the Indigenous peoples’ relationships to the land, their approach to stewardship and how the environment was cultivated to support communities. The park and the city have an incredibly long and rich history, with lessons to teach that are not only valuable, but critically important to ensure all of our sustainability.

Tuesday, February 27th

7:30pm - 9pm

Register here, $15 or $9 with valid Student ID (incl. tax)

University Women's Club at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave

Architectural Photography Workshop and Tour at the Orpheum

Photo Credit: Martin Knowles Photo/MediaDevelop your photography skills while discovering the history of the Orpheum Theatre, which recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. This 3-hour photography workshop and tour celebrates the history and architecture of the Orpheum. Explore the eclectic mix of Moroccan, Indian, British and Spanish architectural influences with historian John Aktin while Architectural Photographer Martin Knowles offers tips and tricks of the trade to get the best photographs in this inspirational space. Gain useful information for how to best balance light, form and scale to make the most of the beautiful subject matter. Open to all skill levels, please bring your own photographic equipment (a tripod is recommended).

Saturday, March 10th
1pm - 4pm

Register Here, $30
The Orpheum, 601 Smithe St

Old School: Researching the History of a Building

Old School starts up on March 13 with our popular Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives course. This will be the only time we run this course this year, so be sure to sign up if you want to learn the best methods for gathering information about a heritage site. Historian and Author John Atkin will offer his advice for finding the most useful information while City of Vancouver Archivists will guide you through available resources.

Tuesday, March 13th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Register here, $20
City of Vancouver Archives, 1150 Chestnut St

Upcoming Workshop
Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
Saturday, April 14th
9am - 5pm

Register here, $125 (includes lunch)

Tel: (604) 264-9642
Fax: (604) 264-9643

Charitable Registration # 891765968

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