Archive for the category "history"

Vancouver History: Queen Elizabeth Park

July 21st, 2011 @ 4:14pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

On this day in history, July 21st 1954, landscaping in Queen Elizabeth Park was completed after a decade-long transformation. To mark the occasion, Vancouver Mayor Fred Hume buried a time capsule beneath ‘Centuries Rock’ which is to be opened in 2054. [source] The park was previously a large quarry, which you can still make out […]

On This Day in History: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

July 5th, 2011 @ 1:44pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

July 5th, 1959 was the opening day of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver and a few weeks later Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II personally gave it her name. The venue accommodates 2,781 patrons and over the years it has hosted some of the world’s greatest plays, musicals, operas, ballets and concerts. 1957, excavation […]

Vancouver Canadians: Hall of Fame Week 2

June 24th, 2011 @ 12:53pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

This summer I have partnered with the Vancouver Canadians and the BC Sports Hall of Fame for a couple of exciting opportunities. We’re highlighting Hall of Fame inductees and offering up the chance for a reader (and nine friends) to attend a Canadians game. On top of that, the winner of my contest gets to […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Summer

June 22nd, 2011 @ 1:05pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Yesterday was the first day of summer and the season hit Vancouver with a wallop of sunshine. To celebrate the parting of the clouds and the freeing of toes from closed shoes, I searched the Vancouver Archives for some simmering summer shots from days gone by. 1895 – Vancouver Cycling Club at Prospect Point. Vancouver […]

Lord Stanley and Vancouver

June 14th, 2011 @ 11:52am by Rebecca Bollwitt

This morning the Vancouver Park Board said on Twitter that June 15th (the date of the Canucks game 7 match-up with the Boston Bruins) is also the 170th 103rd birthday anniversary of the death of Lord Stanley1. While we know Stanley for the park that was named in his honor, and his coveted cup, I […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Hockey

June 7th, 2011 @ 2:15pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s no secret that hockey fever is alive and well in Vancouver… and it’s June. While it’s an unfamiliar feeling, it’s something this city’s been waiting for since Cyclone Taylor won the cup at the Denman Arena back in 1915. While browsing the Vancouver Archives’ blog, Authenticity, I noticed their latest post features hockey history […]

Vancouver History: Japantown

May 30th, 2011 @ 9:59am by Rebecca Bollwitt

I read an old headline last week that on May 27th 1902, Vancouver’s baseball team defeated the University of California on the Powell Street Grounds (now, Oppenheimer Park). Seeing this tidbit on the Vancouver History website made me realize that I have never actually talked about Vancouver’s Japantown before and the significance of the Powell […]

West Coast Hockey History

May 28th, 2011 @ 1:13pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

This morning I had the opportunity to chat with Jon Mikl Thor, a hockey historian and archivist who sold the rights to the Vancouver Millionaires to the Vancouver Canucks back in October. Aside from knowing all there is to know about hockey history on the West Coast (and owning the Millionaires brand since 1977), Jon […]