Places That Matter

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

Places That Matter Community Celebration
Wednesday, February 20th
6pm – 8:30pm. 6pm: Displays, open house, music and refreshments, 7pm: Program.

Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street
FREE, all are welcome to attend

After a wonderful turnout during Heritage Week 2018, we are reprising this popular event. Join us to learn about some of the special places recognized in the Places That Matter project, and hear about them from the people and organizations involved in bringing their history forward. The Places That Matter project highlights the lesser-known places, people and events that have shaped Vancouver. This free celebration includes displays from a variety of organizations, institutions and individuals related to Places That Matter sites and local history, a short program of storytelling, as well as live music and refreshments. We will also have updates on the project and new ways to get involved.

  • Stay tuned! We are working on plaque presentations for 5 Musqueam Sites, BC Place Stadium and J.W. Sexsmith Community School.
  • Get involved! We are in the process of developing a VHF Heritage Study Guide for students and teachers, with the new BC Curriculum.

PTM-logoPlaces 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!


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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Learn more about the original nominations, sponsorship information and FAQs below: