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Murder by Milkshake November 25, 2018

The Friends of the Vancouver City Archives presents Eve Lazarus talking about her latest book, Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer.
The book, already on the BC bestseller list, is the compelling story of the Castellanis, and of their daughter, Jeannine, who was eleven at the time of her mother’s murder and who clung to her father’s innocence, even committing perjury during his trial. Rigorously researched, and based on dozens of interviews with family, friends, and co-workers, Murder by Milkshake documents the sensational case that kept Vancouver spellbound, while providing a snapshot of the city’s Mad Men-esque social and political realities in the 1960s.
Date: Sunday, November 25, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 4:00PM
Location: City of Vancouver Archives, 1150 Chestnut St, Vancouver (in Vanier Park)
Tickets: $25
            or members can purchase by phone at (604) 736-8561
Light refreshments served after presentation. Limited seating – get your tickets early. Funds raised support the work of the City of Vancouver Archives. Additional donations welcomed, charitable receipts are issued for donations over $25.
Eve Lazarus:
Eve Lazarus is an author with a passion for history and fascination with murder. She has written seven books of non-fiction including the BC bestsellers Blood, Sweat, and Fear, a finalist for Best Non-Fiction Crime Book (Arthur Ellis Awards); Cold Case Vancouver, 2016 finalist for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award (BC Book Prizes); and Sensational Vancouver, the City of Vancouver’s 2015 winner of the Heritage Award of Recognition. Eve serves on the board of the Vancouver Historical Society, and blogs obsessively at Every Place has a Story —

What did you miss?

The Roads to Nowhere:
October 14, 2018

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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.

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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!




Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 3.41.16 PMSupport the Friends of the Vancouver Archives by buying one of our exclusive t-shirts featuring a selection of carefully curated photographs drawn from the City of Vancouver Archives collection.

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courthouse post card2Help support the work of the Friends. Become a member or, consider renewing if you have let your membership lapse. It’s easy, just follow the link.

You may also wish to show your support and donate through Canada Helps



Since 1993 the Friends have worked to promote and improve public awareness of the Vancouver City Archives, its services and projects. We promote the use of the resources and services of the Archives by the general public and professionals, and support the development of archival services and facilities of the City of Vancouver.

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We encourage the  appreciation of the history of this amazing city and help individuals, businesses, clubs, and other groups to value their important documents and photographic images, including their donation and preservation by the City of Vancouver Archives. From family photo albums to corporate records, these resources become important to future generations of researchers, writers, genealogists and news reporters.


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