Tuesday September 29th: Vancouverism 1954 – 1991 Senior Downtown Planner, City of Vancouver, Michael Gordon, will share stories of the emergence of Vancouver’s uniquely distinctive places and architecture, illustrated with a wonderful collection of period images of Vancouver through these decades. Tuesday October 27th: Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890 – 1918 Curator of Canadian Art Emeritus, National Gallery of Canada, Charles Hill, will talk about the broad but integrated range of architecture, monumental sculpture, urban planning, mural and decorative painting, graphic design, decorative arts and photography that came together in Canada during these prosperous decades, as illustrated in the recent exhibition at the National Gallery. Tuesday November 10th: BC: Lumberyard of the World Author and Historian, John Atkin, will explore the headline that described BC as the “Lumberyard of the World”. Vancouver and its sawmills’ products enjoyed a worldwide reputation. Local mills’ products could be found in places as diverse as Great Britain, Egypt and South Africa. In China there was a special order in 1881 for roof beams for the rebuilding of Beijing’s Forbidden City. The forest that once blanketed Vancouver drew non-native settlement to this area and gave birth to the modern city. From a single mill on Burrard Inlet to over 15 mills producing an astounding volume of cut lumber; it’s hard to imagine the immensity of the industry here.