“Through the Lens: Building Vancouver’s History” at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

Join historians John Atkin and Michael Kluckner  in the Space Centre‘s digital Planetarium Star Theatre to look back at Vancouver as you’ve never seen it before. Two “indoor” digital walking tours allow you to experience the changes that have enveloped our city over the last 100 years.

Michael Kluckner's presentation pays special attention to the  Olympic Village and Kerrisdale areas. View of Arbutus Street at 37th Avenue, Reference code AM54-S4-3-: PAN NX

Michael Kluckner’s presentation pays special attention to the Olympic Village and Kerrisdale areas. View of Arbutus Street at 37th Avenue, Reference code AM54-S4-3-: PAN NX

The presentations use a selection of images from our W. J. Moore panorama negatives, which we’ve featured here before.  Remarkably, the Space Centre has used the same high-resolution JPG images that you can download from our online search and projected them to fill the Star Theatre. They are matched with stunning modern panoramas and other audiovisual elements to produce two unique shows.

7:00pm Wednesday November 6 (John Atkin)
7:00pm Wednesday December 4 (Michael Kluckner)
Tickets available at the door.

7 Responses to “Through the Lens: Building Vancouver’s History” at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

  1. Having lived in Vancouver almost all my life I really look forward to this photo exhibit to glimpse into the past of all the familiar places that I’ve grown up to love and haunt.

  2. Congratulations on this fabulous project and for preserving and bringing new attention to W.J. Moore’s photography. I had the privilege of working with these negatives at the Archives back in the late 1970s, but my deeper personal connection goes back to PAN N248A – Western Canada Shipyards Ltd. that depicts a huge group of workmen (to a man, all wearing hats) in front of four warships under construction. One of these men, an acetylene welder, is my grand father, John Richard Smith (1890-1961). In June of that year, he married Gertrude Mary Tovey (1888-1966) and they worked tirelessly hacking a farm out of the forest in the Fraser Valley. They were lovely grand parents and excellent citizens in their chosen country. Don Bourdon

  3. how much are the tickets ???

  4. Heather Gordon

    Tickets are Adults $13; Senior/Youth $10; Child $8; Family $38; and a discount for Space Centre members.

  5. Heather Gordon

    Thanks Don! We’ll be thinking of you Wednesday night. It’s going to be an amazing show!

  6. Judy Snaydon

    Cannot express how frustrated and disappointed we were to show up on the 4th at 6.45 and not get in to the sold out show. We’re on the mailing list and had it in our calendar, but there was no info about reservations. Mystified as to how other people were able to reserve. It’s the second time we’ve failed to get in to one of your events. :( Would love it if you could do it again for those of us who missed out!

  7. Heather Gordon

    We’re so sorry you missed out, Judy. The event on the 4th was really the Space Centre’s, and I’m not sure how their reservation system works. I know they were thrilled by the turnout last night and on Nov 6, though, so they’ll probably be thinking of ways to create more shows using material from the Archives. Regarding our own events, such as our recent screening at Vancity Theatre, we have a really small outreach/event budget and second showings do raise our costs. We’re going to talk with Vancity Theatre in the New Year, though, and see what we can do mitigate the expenses and try to do more than one showing next fall. We’d love nothing more than to get everyone a seat fill the theatre twice!

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