Happy Birthday, City of Vancouver

Today is Incorporation Day, marking 130 years since the City was officially incorporated. The City of Vancouver is 130 years old!

Tillicum the otter, mascot for the Vancouver Centennial Commission's celebrations. Identifier 2011-010.2218.

Tillicum the otter, mascot for the Vancouver Centennial Commission’s celebrations. Identifier 2011-010.2218.

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve recently been given funding from the B.C. History Digitization Program to digitize photographs and some graphics from the Vancouver Centennial Commission fonds. The Centennial Commission was formed in 1979 and was responsible for organizing Vancouver’s Centennial celebrations in 1986.

1980s-style bike racks, a Vancouver Legacies project. Identifier CVA 775-3.

1980s-style bike racks, a Vancouver Legacies project. Identifier CVA 775-3.

In addition to that project, we will be digitizing photographs from the City’s Legacy Program. This program was designed to enhance civic infrastructure (for example, by painting and lighting the Burrard Bridge) and to embellish the City with public art, amenities and signage.

Totem pole carving in progress. A Vancouver Legacies project. Identifier CVA 775-9.1.

Totem pole carving in progress. A Vancouver Legacies project. Identifier CVA 775-9.1.

We’ll be making these available as quickly as we can, releasing them in batches as they are ready, so that you can use them as soon as possible. Watch this space—we’ll let you know!

3 responses to “Happy Birthday, City of Vancouver

  1. Larry Beasley

    Hello,
    I cannot wait to see the Legacies Program pictures. With Trish French, I was the inventor and manager of the program. Do you have the booklets that we produced in the Archives?
    Thanks for this.
    Cheers.
    Larry Beasley

  2. Heather Gordon

    Hello Larry,

    This might be what you’re referring to: http://ht.ly/itMY303QXp6. I’ll send you a photo of the cover via email.

  3. Being a citizen of Vancouver is a privilege and it has a responsibility attached. Lets congratulate the 130 years anniversary, keep the traditions of being unique and so modern, and yet to close to the nature.

    Let’s wish even more prosperity to Vancouver and all the people living in the most beautiful city in the world!

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