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Chinatown Through a Wide Lens

February 20, 2020

Members of the Friends of the Archives were invited to an exclusive book launch of Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: the Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow written by Catherine Clement based on the 2019 exhibit at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver curated by Catherine.

This event was hosted by the Dr Sun Yat Sen Chinese Classical Garden, the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and the Friends of the City of Vancouver Archives.

Friends AGM! with guest Ron Dutton

The Annual General Meeting of The Friends of the Vancouver City Archives was held on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2:00pm

The guest speaker was Ron Dutton, discussing his significant donation of the LGBTQ2+ archives to the City of Vancouver Archives in 2018, a coveted and comprehensive collection of intriguing and often surprising images, posters, clippings, and more, that Dutton collected over decades that provide a fascinating look at life in the community over the years

Running the Torch Run: 

It’s been 9 years since the Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver! And 10 years since the start of the Olympic Torch relay that kicked the whole thing off. Leaving Victoria, BC in October 30, 2009 the torch travelled 45,000 km, across all thirteen provinces and territories, terminating in Vancouver 106 days later. 

Well, Dave Doroghy, who spent almost four months on the road as a Shuttle Bus Hostengaged us with the logistics of the relay and how the thousands upon thousands of people from every corner of the country were brought together for this successful and important event.

Murder by Milkshake
The Friends of the Vancouver City Archives presented Eve Lazarus talking about her latest book, Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer

The Roads to Nowhere
A walking tour of the Georgia Viaducts

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

Hugh Pickett Gala
Friends 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.

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.

Vaudeville 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.