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Learning with Your Kids: History in the Forests

When we think about ‘history’ we don’t always think about the forests. Yet, here in North Vancouver, there are histories hidden across the myriad of trials that surround us. Recently, I’ve been exploring this history with my children and taking advantage of local trails to inspire my work and their learning.


Our Kids Give Kidoons Two Thumbs Up!

Children and partners of NVMA staff are often our guinea pigs and voluntolds. Thank you family! During covid you have helped empty the old warehouse, tested experiments for upcoming programs, previewed blog posts for us, and more. Most recently, our staff members kids have checked out our Kidoons cartoons and new online activities.

Shinney at the Community History Centre

It’s April and we all know that means Stanley Cup Playoffs! It’s been 35 days since the NHL postponed the hockey season and fans are getting restless. Let’s find out what Lynn Valley locals are doing to pass the time…

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Launching the Jack Cash Exhibition

In March 2019 the Archives started preparing for an exhibition on prominent North Vancouver photographer, Jack Cash. He was born in 1918 to Gwen Cash, the first woman general reporter in Canada, and had big shoes to fill. Instead of words, Jack used images to tell stories.

The archival photographs, logbooks, cameras, and ephemera included in the Jack Cash exhibition are part of a larger donation to the Archives by Cash’s son, Derek Cash. The Archives has worked closely with Derek Cash to prepare the exhibit at the Community History Centre in Lynn Valley.

In March 2020, the temporary closure of the Archives presented an opportunity to digitize parts of the exhibition and launch it online! We are excited to expand the reach of this exhibition and to have it included as part of the Capture Festival online events.

Lynn Valley’s First School: A Difficult Start

In 1902-1903 Lynn Valley was mostly forest, loggers, and a mill. There were no streets — only a wooden tote road (also called a “skid road”) used to carry logs from the Hastings Shingle & Manufacturing Company (by Mill Street) down to Moodyville. Sawmill workers and their families lived not far from the mill, near the tote road which served as their “main street.” By 1903 there were several school-age children, but no school. So in Fall 1903, it was decided to build one.