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Vancouver Historical Society

The Vancouver Historical Society was established in 1936 to stimulate public interest in Vancouver's history, to encourage historical research and publication, and to promote the designation and preservation of historic sites. It is incorporated provincially as a non-profit society, registered federally as a charity, and is a member of the British Columbia Historical Federation.


On the fourth Thursday of the month (except in June, July, August and December), the society sponsors presentations by guest speakers on subjects generally relating to the history of Vancouver. These gatherings take place in the Museum of Vancouver (formerly Vancouver Museum), located at 1100 Chestnut Street at 7.30 pm. Enquire at the Museum desk for directions to the room.

All meetings are FREE and open to the public and visitors are welcome.

Look at Upcoming Events in the left-hand column for news of future programmes. The Annual General Meeting and election of officers takes place at the May meeting.


Membership in the Vancouver Historical Society is open to all who have an interest in the sharing and preservation of local history. Click on either of the buttons below or e-mail us by clicking here. You can also leave a message on our Information Line and someone will get back to you.

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New Membership Fees

Individual Student/Senior (over 60): $30.00
Individual: $35.00
Couples/Family: $40.00
Institution/Organization: $45.00

The Vancouver Historical Society:
• organizes/presents a lectures series annually
• publishes and/or sponsors new books
• organizes and leads historical walking tours
• actively celebrates Vancouver's birthday
• directly supports education programs for students
• maintains an inventory of historical researchers
• provides referrals to historical researchers
• awards grants annually for local history projects

Benefits of Membership:

  • Vancouver Historical Society Newsletter and calendar of events, 9 issues per year
  • quarterly provincial magazine, British Columbia History, rich with thought- provoking research, historical photographs and book reviews
  • regular updates on our website
  • invitations to regularly scheduled speakers
  • historical walking tours (past tours included neighbourhoods and historical sites)
  • an invitation to our Incorporation event in April to celebrate Vancouver’s birthday
  • full voting rights at the Annual General Meeting
  • varied volunteer activities
  • opportunities to get involved and explore our local history

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2015-16 Executive

President Michael Kluckner
Vice President Eve Lazarus
Treasurer Scott Anderson
Recording Secretary Kellan B. Higgins
Director (Newsletter) Jim McGraw
Director (Programs) Bruce M. Watson
Director Brenda Peterson
Director Stevie Wilson
Director Robert A. J. McDonald

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