Places That Matter

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

Please visit the Places That Matter Community History Resource website for more information!

  • Stay tuned! TBC Saturday September 21st 2019 at 2pm, J.W. Sexsmith Community School Plaque Presentation. We are also working toward plaque presentations for 5 Musqueam sites and BC Place Stadium.
  • 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!

2019 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour for Education and Awareness

2019 Heritage BC Award of Honour for Education and Awareness


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: