Places That Matter

Celebrating the people, places and events that tell the stories of Vancouver.

The Places That Matter project has a new home! Please visit the Places That Matter Community History Resource for site information and updates.

Places That Matter is all about collaboration – and sharing the unique and lesser known history of the people, places and events that have shaped Vancouver. Places That Matter evolved from the Vancouver 125th Anniversary celebrations in 2011. VHF asked the public to nominate a place, person, or event that is important to the city of Vancouver but that has yet to receive the acknowledgement it deserves. An independent committee made up of local historians, artists, students, heritage consultants, writers and educators reviewed the nominations and 125 Vancouver stories were selected to be celebrated with a researched blue plaque. The Community History Resource website was created in 2017 and is a content-rich site with individual pages for each of the PTM sites. Discover the layers of history at each site through archival images, current photos and online resources. Submit a personal story or photograph of a site and see the project grow. Since 2018, we have been hosting free Places That Matter Community Celebrations to share stories and information on local history and heritage-related organizations. Join us!

VHF was honoured to receive a 2019 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour for Education and Awareness and a 2019 Heritage BC Award of Honour for Education and Awareness in relation to this project.

Thank you to all our volunteers and project partners.

Thank you to the site selection committee!

John Atkin, Rebecca Bolwitt, Arabella Campbell, Marguerite Ford, Charles Gauthier, Michael Kluckner, Kamala Todd, Hal Wake, Catherine Wang and Bruce Watson


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