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January 25, 2018 - Heritage Week, Prohibition & House Tour Date

In This Issue

  • Conservation Grants: Application deadline
  • Saturday Night at Prohibition
  • Heritage Week 2018
  • Old School: Researching at the Vancouver Archives
  • Evening Lectures: Stanley Park: Digging Deeper and Rethinking Cultural Heritage
  • NEW: Architectural Photography Workshop and Tour at the Orpheum
  • SAVE THE DATE! 2018 Heritage House Tour

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Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our 2017 Annual Campaign. We raised over $46,000 towards our programs and grants, with a number of donors choosing to allocate 20% of their donation directly to the VHF Schools Program. We are already getting started on this program for school-age youth that encourages interest and passion for our city's history and built heritage. 

We accept donations of any amount at any time of the year! Click here to learn more about ways to donate to VHF.

Burrard Bridge Braziers


The four memorial braziers located at each end of the bridge were officially re-lit on January 23rd during a ceremony at the north end of the bridge. In attendance were the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Attorney General of Canada and Mayor Gregor Robertson, along with Dr. Richard Vedan, Elder and Aboriginal Veteran and Cameron Cathcart of the Royal United Services Institute, who all spoke about the historic significance of the braziers as memorials of British Columbians who served in World War I. Heritage Consultant, Donald Luxton and VHF Chair of the Board, David Dove spoke about the efforts made to see the bridge restored including the brazier lights. VHF staff were also there to celebrate this important restoration.

The braziers with new LED lighting will now burn brightly and remind passersby of sacrifices made, past and present, by Canadian veterans. A plaque will soon be installed below the north east brazier.

New photos and information about the bridge will be added to the Places That Matter Community History Resource in coming weeks.

2018 Heritage House Tour

Remember sunshine, and green lawns and touring Vancouver on a warm, late spring day? We're already planning ahead for June 3rd and our biggest event of the year, the Heritage House Tour. We are putting together a wonderful tour of pre-1940s character and heritage homes unique to Vancouver all with rich history related to our neighbourhoods.

Tickets are already selling! Get yours here.

Did you know...

...the original braziers on the Burrard Bridge were installed in 1932 and were made of bronze? The design was inspired by the charcoal braziers used in the trenches by soldiers during WWI. Aboriginal Veteran, Dr. Richard Vedan, also spoke at the re-lighting ceremony about the significance to local First Nations of the land at the south end of the bridge and how the re-lit braziers are not only a reminder of the fires warming soldiers at war, but also the home fires that burned in First Nations villages once present along False Creek. In 1986 the original bronze braziers were replaced with steel replicas, and the City is in discussions to see about restoring the housing of the braziers in the future.

January 25, 2018
Hi Nicole,

Vancouver is seeing a lot of liquid sunshine these days, but in the next few weeks we have several events worth braving the rain for. Heritage Week is coming up and we've added a new event with John Atkin that is sure to be popular. We also have a newly announced photography workshop inside the incredible Orpheum theatre that will take your mind off the grey.

Read on for more ways to enjoy the city, rain or shine!

Conservation Grants: Deadline February 1st, 2018

The deadline to apply for conservation grants is fast approaching! Applications are due by February 1st, 2018. Please note the building or site 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 Vancouver Heritage Register and those built before 1940 in Vancouver may be eligible for funding to improve energy efficiency and implement water saving measures. The February 1st deadline does not apply to this grant.

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

There is still time to get your tickets!  Join us for a taste of 1920s glamour with era-appropriate cocktails, canapés and fascinating stories of Vancouver’s Prohibition era in the glamorous setting of Prohibition Bar in the historic Hotel Georgia. 


Enjoy Prohibition Punch and a mixology demonstration with Bar Manager Robyn Gray and sample a 1920s themed cocktail. 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

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, 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.

NEW! Gastown Revisited

Saturday, February 24th
10am - 12pm

Register here, $15

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 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

Upcoming Workshop
Heritage 101: An Introduction to Heritage Conservation
Saturday, April 14th
9am - 4:30pm

Register here, $125 (includes lunch)

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

NEW! Architectural Photography Workshop and Tour at the Orpheum

Photo Credit: Martin Knowles Photo/MediaDevelop your photography skills while discovering the history of the Orpheum, 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. Architectural Photographer Martin Knowles will offer 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.

Saturday, March 10th
1pm - 4pm

Register Here, $30
The Orpheum, 601 Smithe St

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

Charitable Registration # 891765968

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