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Elizabeth Walker celebrates 65 years with the Vancouver Historical Society

Elizabeth Walker

A lot has changed in 65 years. And Elizabeth Walker has been a mover behind it at the Vancouver Historical Society.

In their February newsletter (McDonald, p.4), the Vancouver Historical Society has recognized the long-standing membership of 98-year old Elizabeth Walker—still an active member of active the society.

Joining the VHS in 1953, Elizabeth had a distinguished career as a public librarian at the Vancouver Public Library in the Carnegie building at Hastings and Main. She would go on to serve as VHS president in 1962—63 and in 1986 she received the first of two Historical Society awards of Merit for exceptional service to the VHS.

Walker’s interest in local history was realized through her collection of rare and interesting books, maps and other resources relating to the history of British Columbia, which became the North West History Collection at the VPL. She went on to publish a book with the Vancouver Historical Society called Street Names of Vancouver, which offers a deep history into the naming of streets in Vancouver, as well as an overview of the history of city development.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Walker on her 65 years of membership and dedication to the Vancouver Historical Society … and counting!