February 17th – 23rd is Heritage Week in BC and across Canada. Communities across the country recognize the third week in February as an opportunity to explore, learn about and celebrate heritage sites, places, and buildings.
Vancouver Heritage Foundation is offering several events that explore and highlight the importance of Vancouver’s local history and heritage places and builds on this years theme, “2020 Vision: Bringing the Past into the Future”.
During Heritage Week, VHF is offering a warm welcome to the new year and a new decade starting with a free community event that gives space for personal stories, local history and diverse heritage places.
The Places That Matter Community Celebration is an inclusive evening of storytelling, music, community and refreshments that welcomes all and opens our Heritage Week festivities. This free celebration includes refreshments and displays related to Places That Matter sites and local history, a short program of inspirational storytelling, as well as live music from bluegrass band, Viper Central. Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St. 6pm – 8:30pm, FREE
Mid-Project Tour: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church Seismic Upgrade and Heritage Restoration is a special opportunity to tour inside the landmark church as it undergoes seismic upgrading and heritage restoration during a two-year closure. This is a professional education event and all participants must supply specific safety equipment.
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, 4pm – 6pm, $85
Today much of the early legacy of development in Mount Pleasant can be found with former industrial sites adapted to new uses. Join historian John Atkin to explore the challenges and benefits of adaptive reuse with examples found in this historic neighbourhood. Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood. 10am – 12pm, $16