VHF’s Evening Lectures offer illustrated talks that look at the history of Vancouver, covering the events, movements and people that shaped our city. The talks are co-hosted by Vancouver Heritage Foundation and the Hycroft Heritage Preservation Foundation.
$15 / $9 (with a valid student ID)
Select Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 9pm
University Women’s Club at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave
Each lecture earns 1.5 Non-core LUs AIBC
March 20th – Squat City: An Informal History of Squatters in Vancouver
The story of the squatter’s shack in Vancouver encompasses generations of history including the origins of Gastown and Kitsilano, the dispossession of Indigenous peoples, the Depression-era city, the post-WWII veterans’ housing crisis, the hippie movement and modern say social housing activists who occupied the old Woodwards store in 2002. Author and Historian Daniel Francis investigates how the squatter’s shack contrasts with glass towers of the modern city, a different kind of iconic structure, projecting a view from the margins. Learn about how at one time hundreds of shacks lined the shores of Burrard Inlet and False Creek serving as enclaves for artists and bohemians, happy to live off the grid, as well as housing for many single men, unemployed or working menial jobs, forced by low income to find cheap housing. The talk will explore the historic context of the squatter’s shack, as well as its place in our contemporary “City of Glass”.
April 24th – Themes, Subthemes and Memes: Telling History in a Different Way
Join Heritage Consultant Donald Luxton for a sweep through Vancouver’s history taken from his recent groundbreaking work developing the Vancouver Historic Context and Thematic Framework. From the big ideas of city planning to the details of design and the everyday, Donald will cover a wide swath of the city’s history from social movements such as Temperance, Suffrage and the Women’s Liberation Movement, through all manner of social, economic and community endeavors. This includes everything from the development of water and sanitary services to barber shops and beauty salons. The presentation will provide a fascinating glimpse of this new work and a fresh perspective on the identification of historic places. The Thematic Framework provides a foundation for identifying gaps in what can be recognized as having heritage value in Vancouver and has an integral part in the City of Vancouver Heritage Action Plan.