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January 11, 2018 - Welcome to 2018!

In This Issue

  • Conservation Grants: Application deadline and a new funding structure
  • Saturday Night at Prohibition
  • Places That Matter: Community Celebration
  • Heritage Week 2018
  • Old School: Researching at the Vancouver Archives
  • Evening Lectures: Stanley Park: Digging Deeper and Rethinking Cultural Heritage

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Burrard Bridge Brazier Lighting

On January 23rd, the four braziers on the Burrard Bridge will be re-lit as part of the larger restoration project. The original braziers were installed to commemorate British Columbians who served in WWI. The ceremony will include unveiling of the new lighting installed in the braziers and a plaque commemorating Canadian veterans.

January 23rd, 4pm
North-east end of Burrard Bridge

Did you know...

...that on April 25th, 1932 the Vancouver General Hospital broke its previous record for babies born on a single day? According to a Vancouver Sun article, the previous record was 8, and 11 had been born that day, including a set of twins. As context, the BC Women's Hospital, where a large percentage of Vancouver births occur now, saw over 7,000 births in 2015.

The first City Hospital, a Places That Matter site, was built in 1888 between Beatty, Pender and Cambie Streets. In 1906, The Heather Pavillion was built at VHG's current location and remains the oldest building on the site.

-Vancouver Sun article information via History of Metropolitan Vancouver, Chuck Davis.
January 11, 2018
Hi Nicole,

Welcome to 2018! It's the beginning of another informative, fascinating and fun year with our city's heritage sites and unique history. We are launching right in with several events coming up in February, including some exciting options for Heritage Week.

The deadline to apply for conservation grants is also nearly upon us, so if you have questions about your own application be sure to reach out!

Conservation Grants: Deadline February 1st, 2018

Applications for the True Colours, Restore It, House Call and Get on the Register grants are due February 1st, 2018. New this year, we are able to offer up to $7,500 (to a maximum of 50% of the project cost) to the right True Colours or Restore It projects! This increased funding limit will allow us to more significantly assist great heritage conservation. Please note the building must be on the Vancouver Heritage Register to apply for conservation grants, except for Get on the Register.

We are also still accepting applications for the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant. Homes on the Heritage Register and those built before 1940 in Vancouver may be eligible for funding to improve energy efficiency and implement water saving measures.

For more information or to apply for any of our grants, visit the Get A Grant page of our website. To inquire if your project may be eligible, please email Program Manager, Harriet Goodwin or call 604 264 9642.

Saturday Night at Prohibition

Photo Credit: Rosewood Hotel Georgia

A century ago, Vancouver was officially a dry city. Prohibition in British Columbia came into effect in 1917 and lasted four years but, as elsewhere, it did not bring the end of alcohol sales. Vancouver had its own Greta Garbo moment with humble back door entries disguising swinging jazz bands, sparkling dance floors and the all-important flow of drinks. Join us for a taste of 1920s glamour with era-appropriate cocktails, canapés and fascinating stories of Vancouver’s Prohibition era.


Enjoy Prohibition Punch and a mixology demonstration with Bar Manager Robyn Gray and sample a 1920s themed cocktail and canapés. Historian and Author of ‘Closing Time: Prohibition, Rum-Runners and Border Wars’, Daniel Francis, will illuminate some of Vancouver’s seedier history of bootleggers and illegal stills. Discover who made millions in the process and why the province gave up on Prohibition within four years and went into the liquor business for themselves.


Dressing in your 1920’s finest evening attire is highly encouraged.

Saturday, February 3rd

6pm - 8pm

Register Here, $50

Prohibition Bar at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Thank you to event partner Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Places That Matter: Community Celebration

This February we are officially launching 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 be opportunities to share your own stories, or just listen in, as well as explore community booths, the plaque project and the new website. Refreshments will also be available.

Wednesday, February 21st

6:30pm - 9pm (Program 7pm - 8pm)


Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2305 W 7th Ave

Heritage Week 2018

IMGP0620February 19 - 25, 2018 is Heritage Week in BC. The theme is "Heritage Stands the Test of Time", celebrating the lasting value and significance of our historic sites and buildings. 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

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2305 W 7th Ave

Celebrate the local, cultural and lesser known history of our city with a free evening of storytelling, community and refreshments.

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

$25, please email us if you would like to be notified when registration opens
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 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.  

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

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

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

Charitable Registration # 891765968

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