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Evening Lectures at Hycroft

Up Next: The Crescent - From the CPR and the Garden City to Today



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.



$15 or $9 with a valid Student ID


The Crescent: From the CPR and the Garden City to Today
Sunday May 29th, 1pm – 3pm
*Please note that this event is currently at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waitlist please email or phone 604-264-9642.
Landscape Architect and Author, Adrienne Brown, will trace the history of The Crescent from its origin as the centrepiece of Frederick Todd’s design for the CPR’s new Shaughnessy Heights neighbourhood in 1907. Over the past century, the park has evolved from an open space filled with flowering perennials, to an impressive collection of mature trees that includes species found nowhere else in Vancouver. This AFTERNOON talk at Hycroft will be followed by a walking tour of The Crescent. Joelle Sept, Landscape Architect with PWL Partnership, will co-lead the walking tour portion of the event. Limited Capacity.
2 Non-Core LUs AIBC

Select Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 9pm
$15 or $9 with a valid Student ID

University Women’s Club at Hycroft
1489 McRae Ave

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.

Thank you to the University Women’s Club at Hycroft for partnering with VHF to offer this evening talk series, which has seen great topics such as Vancouver's Big Band scene with Dal Richards, Vancouver's neon history with John Atkin, and stained glass with Jim Wolf.


April 5th: How Streetcars and Real Estate Shaped Vancouver
Historian and Author John Atkin examined how today's Vancouver is very much a product of a streetcar system begun in 1889 that would open up vast areas for development.

February 16th: Selling Vancouver to Tourists: 1890 - 1960
What were the "must-see" sites for tourists a century ago and how do they compare with today's? Author and Artist Michael Kluckner explored both the changes in Vancouver as well as the changes in tourists themselves.


November 10 - BC: Lumberyard of the World, with Civic Historian John Atkin

October 27 - Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890 - 1918, with Charles Hill

September 29 - Vancouverism 1954 - 1991, with Senior Downtown Planner, Michael Gordon

June 2 - A History of Vancouver Apartments, with Michael Kluckner

April 21 - The Wild History of Gastown, with Don Luxton

March 17 - Art Deco Architecture in Vancouver, with Maurice Guibord

February 17 - How it all began: The Bloedel Conservatory, with John Coupar

2014 PREVIOUS LECTURES (click to view)

November 4 - Vancouver's Vaudeville: the Great White Way, with John Atkin and Tom Carter

October 21 - Samuel Maclure in Shaughnessy, Jim Wolf

September 30 - Gentrification, Heritage & the Future of Vancouver,  Michael Kluckner

April 15 - Arts & Crafts Movement of the Pacific Northwest, Larry Kreisman

March 4 - Challenges & Trends: Public Engagement for Community Planning, Dr. Maged Senbel

January 21 - Vancouver as a Sustainable City, Dr. Tom Hutton

Professional Development Credits are dependent on the lecture topic and speaker: AIBC, PIBC, BOABC, BCSLA, AICBC

You can earn 1 Old School credit per Evening Lecture or Brown Bag Talk, to a maximum of 3 towards the Certificate in Heritage Conservation.

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