Although Vancouver is young compared to most other North American cities, it has a heritage all of its own. From First Nations culture, to the Great Fire, and the 2010 Olympics, people have recorded, photographed, and preserved this legacy.
One of the most important institutions for doing such work is the City of Vancouver Archives. Founded by Vancouver’s first City Archivist, Major J.S. Matthews, it has a priceless collection of artifacts and photographs from Vancouver and around BC.
After a personal tour of the vaults and files in the summer of 2009, I ramped up my history coverage by including many historic photos from the Archives.
The Archives are currently looking for ways to boost funding, and have been successful in the past thanks to the Friends of the Vancouver City Archives. The Friends have raised funds to help collect, save and preserve rare and vital objects of our cities past. This month, they will be hosting an event, and all are invited to take part.
What â€œResearching Women in the Archives & in the Family”. An illustrated talk by M. Diane Rogers, President of the BC Genealogical Society. Explore researching strategies, techniques and learn how to interpret archival photographs.
When Sunday November 14th, 2010 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Where Vancouver City Archives at 1150 Chestnut Street in Vanier Park
Tickets are $25 and include a catered reception. Register by November 9th by calling (604) 736-8561.
Follow @VanArchives on Twitter for events and special features and stop by the Archives in person anytime. You can skim through their binders of archival photographs and get prints made for a very reasonable fee.