Coming Up!

The Roads to Nowhere:
October 14, 2018 10:00am

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The Georgia Viaducts the only visible reminder of the grander city-wide freeway plan of the 1950s will soon be a memory with their impending demolition. On this walk we’ll explore their history and development, the freeway fight and explore the scars still evident on the local landscape.

Join John Atkin on this walk by getting your limited tickets from Eventbrite [click here]

What Did You Miss? The Friends of the Vancouver City Archives have presented these past events

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Tea, Talk and Treats – An exclusive summer evening in Vancouver’s Chinese Garden.with Professor Alison Bailey’s talk about traditional concepts and artistic and poetic representations of the Chinese garden.

Chinese tea and award-winning traditional Chinatown pastries were served in the Hall of One Hundred Rivers prior to the presentation, and following the discussion, docents presented a guided tour of the Garden highlighting its architectural and horticultural elements.

Hugh Pickett Gala

Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 9.34.09 AMFriends of the Vancouver City Archives hosted the Hugh Pickett Gala October 16, 2017, at the Sylvia Hotel – one of Hugh Pickett’s favourite Vancouver hang-outs. An evening of live music, bubbly, hors d’oeuvres and many guests from the local entertainment industry – ‘a good time to be had by all’ and ‘a good bang for your buck’- gala a la Hugh.

Proceeds from ticket sales went directly towards the processing and digitization Hugh Pickett’s records – recently donated to the City of Vancouver Archives by Gordon Boyd, Hugh’s life partner.

An evening of entertainment emceed by Howard Blank, co-hosted by Bill Allman of Famous Artists, live music by Bryant Olender, former accompanist and band leader for Michael Bublé, and augmented by illustrated presentations of Hugh’s life and career.

The Hugh Pickett records, donated to the Vancouver Archives, are vast and colourful, filled with theatre programmes, scrapbooks, event files and photographs emanating from Vancouver impresario Hugh Pickett’s long and rich career in the entertainment industry.


Aaron Chapman and the Last Gang in Town!

Author/historian Aaron Chapman presented his latest best-selling book The Last Gang in Town which covers a fascinating period of Vancouver crime history in the early 1970s.

If you missed this presentation why not join the Friends! Membership is only $20 and  are now 100% tax deductible. Sign up today by following the “Membership” link.

screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-11-13-06-pmVaudeville and Vancouver! 

Civic historian John Atkin and artist Tom Carter presented an illustrated look at this uproarious era of traveling performers and elaborate theatres for the annual October fundraising event.

Watch for future events from the Friends


atom-digital-object-count-1The Vancouver Archives reached a significant milestone in mid-October with over 100,000 digital objects available online for your use and re-use!