Located in beautiful Hycroft Manor, VHF’s Evening Lectures offer illustrated talks that look at the history of Vancouver, covering the events, movements and people that shaped our city. Hosted by Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the Hycroft Heritage Preservation Foundation.
Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 9pm
$15 or $9 with a valid Student ID
University Women’s Club at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave
Sawmills and Opera Houses: The Origins of Chinatown
Sawmills, opera houses, train stations, merchants and entrepreneurs all had a hand in shaping one of North America’s largest remaining Chinatowns. Civic Historian John Atkin, will explore the origins of Vancouver’s Chinatown and look at the forces that created and shaped this important part of the city.
The Legacy Sites and Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games
Jason Beck, BC Sports Hall of Fame Curator and author of The Miracle Mile: Stories of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, will explore the history of the 1954 Commonwealth Games held in Vancouver. Jason will focus on event venue sites such as Empire Stadium, Empire Pool, and the China Creek Cycling Track that have disappeared, as well as the many sites still existing and in use today such as the Vancouver Forum, Kerrisdale Arena, and Balaclava Park. He will also explore some of the stories surrounding these legacy sites.
Who was Major Matthews?
Vancouver’s first City Archivist, Major James Skitt Matthews, was more than a collector and self-styled historian; he was deeply fascinated by stories big and small about Vancouver. A great deal of Vancouver’s history was captured in his correspondence, subject files and photograph collection. Vancouver’s current City Archivist, Heather Gordon, will illuminate the life and importance of this Vancouver figure.
Contact the University Women’s Club if you would like to attend their 6pm pre-lecture dinner. Call 604 731 4661.
Street parking is available on McRae Avenue and The Crescent.