The Places That Matter Community History Resource website is an information-rich website that expands on the original Places That Matter (PTM) plaque program – a project created in 2011 to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary as an incorporated city. PTM has helped recognize 125 community-nominated sites, covering some of the people, places and events that tell the story of Vancouver’s history. Each of the 125 sites is profiled with their own webpage exhibiting the original plaque text, historic research, oral histories, contemporary and historic photos, as well as opportunities for community contribution.
The aim is to further engage residents of Vancouver by providing an accessible digital space for sharing information, while telling inclusive stories about these significant places. We hope this website will appeal to Vancouver residents, newcomers, visitors, students, and researchers, who are interested in local cultural history. Users will access it as a resource guide and as a tool to increase awareness about our city’s past and present.
The Places That Matter Community History Resource was made possible by generous support from our partners. Thanks to Heritage BC this project was partially funded by the Heritage Legacy Fund for Awareness and Education projects. Thanks to a grant from the Vancouver Historical Society, we were able to complete online research for 85 sites that received plaques. And, thanks to in-kind sponsorship from our web developers Split Mango Media for their continued support.
We welcome comments, feedback, quotes, stories, information and questions in our “submit your story” form. Your contributions will help shape the webpage and its content. Thank you for your online submissions, via the “submit your story” section. We do reserve the right to edit, modify and omit content received.
Please note that the current list of 125 sites is still being worked on. 86 have been completed and received plaques. The remaining 39 include sites that are receiving plaques, some that will be hosted online, and other sites to be determined through additional community votes. We will announce updates as they progress. The MAP page shows some of what has been determined and some which continue to be researched from the original 125 list.
Schools Program- In collaboration with teachers and students in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, we are working towards creating “Discover Vancouver’s Heritage” tool kits than can be adapted for BC High School Curriculum and inquiry-based learning models.
If you are interested in learning more about the original plaque project please visit here and for any related inquiries, please email Jessica Quan, Special Projects Coordinator.