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Vancouver History: Maxine’s

January 13th, 2011 @ 9:16am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last summer Maxine’s Hideaway in the West End closed its doors to make room for a 21-storey apartment building that will be going in at Davie and Bidwell. While many recently knew it as a restaurant lounge (as Balthazar) or a cabaret, the small structure’s past has a big story to tell. Photo credit: Photocat62 […]

Vancouver 125 Years of History and Beyond

January 11th, 2011 @ 10:40am by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver will be celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and the City will be launching its celebration campaign for ‘Vancouver 125′ on Monday, January 17, 2011. This will encompasses the following Vision Statement: “Building on the momentum, energy and spirit generated during the Olympics, and through a growing awareness and understanding of our identities, first […]

SFU Lecture Series: Think You Know Vancouver

January 7th, 2011 @ 5:36pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

Think you know Vancouver? Think Again! In honor of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary coming up this year, SFU’s Department of History is presenting a series of frank and informative lectures from January to October. 1936 lecture in Vancouver. Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Vancouver Archives Item# CVA 99-4908 The inaugural lecture takes place January 27th and will be […]

Vancouver History: Granville Street Bridge

January 4th, 2011 @ 10:26am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The first Granville Street Bridge opened on this day in 1889. Spanning False Creek, it was but a low-rising timber trestle designed mainly by the CPR. 1890 – View from 2nd Ave at Birch. Photographer: W Chapman. Vancouver Archives Item# Van Sc P58. In 1909 the Granville Bridge would be rebuilt in steel with a […]

Vancouver History: January 1

January 1st, 2011 @ 1:18pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

As Vancouverites awake after a night of confetti-filled celebration, 2011 is perhaps welcomed with a dip in English Bay, a pound of the snooze button, or that first venti-sized coffer of the year. Although most are looking ahead, I decided to look back and see how our city rang in the New Year throughout the […]

Vancouver Polar Bear Swim 2011

December 29th, 2010 @ 8:24am by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim in English Bay is a tradition that is 91 years strong. It all began with 10 swimmers in 1920 thanks to the leadership of Peter Pantages and it grew to welcome over 2,000 participants in recent years. Peter Pantages & Miss E Robinson in English Bay Dec 1927 – Archives […]

This Week in Vancouver History

December 20th, 2010 @ 1:00pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

While researching this week’s history post it dawned on me that I could profile significant events that happened each day this week in Vancouver’s past. Here’s a glimpse at what was taking place in our city at this time of year, throughout the last century. December 20, 1911 Frank and Lester Patrick opened the Denman […]

Voices of BC Book Giveaway

December 15th, 2010 @ 1:32pm by Rebecca Bollwitt

After discovering I had a passion for writing about local history a few years ago I began to closely follow the works of the Vancouver Archives, Chuck Davis, John Atkin, and more recently James Johnstone. Although Vancouver is only 124 years old, our region has centuries of history which is why I was pretty excited […]