Archive for the category "history"

UBC Archives: The Great Trek

March 24th, 2011 @ 12:22pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

The other day I visited the UBC Archives after messaging back and forth with archivist Erwin Wodarczak, who runs the @UBCArchives Twitter account. Being a big fan of local history, and having previously visited the Vancouver Archives, I was excited to discover artifacts from their vaults and see what kind of resources were available for […]

Vancouver Icons: Gassy Jack Statue

March 22nd, 2011 @ 10:44am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Captain John “Gassy Jack” Deighton is a local legend and namesake for the area of downtown Vancouver known as Gastown. The Gassy Jack statue is one of the most photographed in Vancouver and is this week’s featured Vancouver Icon. Photo creditDeve82 on Flickr Saloon proprietor Deighton headed toward the Burrard Inlet by canoe from New […]

Find a Place in North Vancouver History

March 21st, 2011 @ 11:00am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The North Vancouver Museum and Archives are hosting the “Find a Place in History” contest where residents and visitors can submit photos of heritage sites online for the chance to win prizes. Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr To enter the contest, take a photo of a place in North Vancouver with historical significance and […]

Henderson Jersey Homecoming Tour

March 18th, 2011 @ 9:20am by Rebecca Bollwitt

In 1972 Paul Henderson scored three of the most famous (and important) game winning goals in hockey history during the Summit Series including the one that won it all against Russia. This wasn’t just international play – it was Canada reclaiming hockey as its game, even from behind the Iron Curtain. Recently Mitchell Goldhar bought […]

Vancouver Icons: Marine Building

March 16th, 2011 @ 3:05pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Earlier this week I began a new series called “Vancouver Icons” that will combine information about famous city landmarks with a collection of photos I find on Flickr. When I first started blogging I wanted to showcase the lesser-known aspects of Vancouver life, history, and culture – helping people explore beyond the tourist traps and […]

On This Day in History: Green Timbers Forest

March 15th, 2011 @ 5:56pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Volunteers planted over 120 trees in Surrey’s Green Timbers March 15th, 1930. According to VancouverHistory, this was BC’s first “forest plantation” and now this 400 hectare park is an urban refuge: Source: Vancouver History Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey is unique: it consists mainly of trees planted from seedlings in the first attempt at […]

Vancouver Icons: Angel of Victory

March 13th, 2011 @ 3:40pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

As a part of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s ‘Places that Matter‘ committee, I get my fix of local history at every meeting. I was recently looking through some of the sites already nominated for designation and found the Angel of Victory. Installed in 1921, it is one of the city’s most prominent statues, located along […]

Archives Photos of the Day: Women

March 8th, 2011 @ 9:41am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Today is International Women’s Day and in Vancouver, women have played a strong role in developing its history and making sure it moves into the future. The Vancouver Police Museum reminded us on Twitter this morning that Vancouver was the first city in the world to hire women as cops and I wanted to showcase […]