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Feb 25 Walking TourIn PersonHeritage Week

SOLD OUT! Celebrate Heritage Week with VHF and discover the culture and heritage of the communities that make up the place we call home! Join local historian, author and seasoned walking tour guide, John Atkin, as we explore the little known agricultural and industrial heritage of upper Mount Pleasant, which was home to a couple of dairies and a number of Chinese wholesale and retail vegetable dealers. Along with food, this area is a delightful mix of old and new development.

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Feb 28 Special EventIn Person

Join VHF for a special evening chronicling Robert Lemon's life, the people he met and was influenced by (and perhaps a few secrets from working inside City Hall). He will share excerpts from his memoir “An Architect’s Address Book: The places that shaped a career,” which include some of the notable buildings and projects that shaped him personally and professionally, including The Barber House, Twelfth and Cambie, Estergreen and 125 East 4th Avenue.

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Mar 9 Lunch and LearnOnline

Join VHF and Katarina Thorsen vas she shares her experiences of working with the Babes in the Woods task force. She will also share how a newspaper article led her on an unexpected 20 year journey of extensive historical, genealogical, forensic and psychiatric research into a Vancouver-based Irish immigrant family, whose story is currently being developed into a graphic novel.

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Mar 28 Heritage HourIn Person

Join VHF and designer, Bill Pechet for an evening of conversation about contemporary commemoration. This talk will explore a variety of designs by both PECHET Studio and others that highlight the challenges and opportunities in designing within historic cemetery environments and specific cultural traditions. Using both local and international examples, including Vancouver’s own Mountainview Cemetery, Bill will explore themes such as the provision of ritual, ideas of eternity, and forms of new internment.

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Apr 4 Heritage Conservation EducationIn Person

Are you interesting in learning about how to find historically authentic paint schemes for heritage homes in Vancouver? Join heritage consultants Elana Zysblat and John Atkin for a hands-on workshop at Roedde House to learn how colours were used in Vancouver c.1890s-1920s and the sometimes surprising sources that influenced colour choices in those days. They will delve into how paint analyses are conducted and share how to determine historically authentic paint schemes for heritage homes in Vancouver. Participants will get the chance to examine a variety of siding and shingle samples from historic buildings to see the many layers of paint and to attempt to discern what the first colour was.

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Apr 12 The WALLOnline

Join artist Jeffery Chong as he shares how his personal family research and profession in archives have shaped his artistic practice in this virtual artist talk. He will tell the story about discovering the historic news footage of his grandfather at the CBC Archives, and its inspiration for creating this large-scale photograph on The WALL, Home Edition. While this photograph’s focal point is the television, Jeffery will also describe how and why he staged the rest of the scene with family heirlooms and household objects.

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May 11 Lunch & LearnOnline

Significant for its Edwardian-Era vernacular design that is associated with the early growth and development of the Cedar Cottage neighborhood, the Broadhurst & Whitaker Block was built in 1910. One of the oldest commercial and residential buildings in the surrounding area, it represents a small, but thriving village that flourished following the establishment of the interurban tram stop at 18th and Commercial Street in 1891. Join architect Marianne Amodio to learn about the revitalization of the building and how its heritage and conservation were considered in the retention and restoration of the historical building and the addition of an infill residential building in the lane.

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