Leonard Frank: Master Photographer
September 20 – March 15, 2014
Community History Centre
In 1894 Leonard Frank came to British Columbia from Germany to prospect for gold and other metals. He became a merchant and postmaster in Alberni, on Vancouver Island, before his interest in photography led him to open an industrial and commercial photography studio in Vancouver, in 1917. As such, he became the official photographer for the Vancouver Board of Trade, took photographs for the Vancouver Daily Province, National Geographic Magazine, and the Saturday Evening Post, exhibited widely, and gained international fame.
Frank’s love of the outdoors is evident in the majestic images he captured of wilderness areas, as well as the tamed Stanley Park. This exhibition, circulated by the Jewish Museum & Archives reflect his interest in industrial development while documenting early logging activities in British Columbia.
“Snippets”: Scrapbooks from the North Vancouver Archives
Be sure to check out the Museum & Archives' changing displays on the third floor of the library. The current one presents a selection of covers and pages from distinctive scrapbooks in the collections of the North Vancouver Archives. The clippings and personal memorabilia that fill a scrapbook are perhaps mere snippets, but they are captured to remind us of events and ideas that might otherwise be forgotten.
Imagining North Vancouver: Edward Mahon and His Legacy
September 26 - November 29
North Vancouver City Hall
Edward Mahon [pron. Mann] arrived in BC in 1890 and quickly became one of the most prominent landowners on the North Shore. Recently, avid researcher Walter Volovsek, while investigating Mahon’s life, discovered a treasure trove of never-before-seen photographs which reveal much about the kindly ‘Mahon’ and his investments. From a shattered dream in Castlegar to success in North Vancouver, his efforts to create and invest were not always successful, but today’s North Vancouver was built upon the foundation which he helped lay. The ring of parks now referred to as the Green Necklace is part of that legacy and includes Mahon Park, Victoria Park, Ottawa Gardens and Grand Boulevard. It is well worth reflecting on Edward Mahon’s efforts to create a healthy and beautiful city and what these green spaces mean to residents today.
Meet the Author Behind the Exhibit: Imagining North Vancouver: Mahon and His Legacy
Sunday, September 29 from 2 – 5 pm
At North Vancouver’s City Hall (Lonsdale and 14th Street)
Meet BC Historian Walter Volovsek. Discuss his research and have him sign your copy of the Green Necklace.
The Green Necklace: The Vision Quest of Edward Mahon
Newly released book! By Walter O. Volovsek
The story of how British immigrant Edward Mahon, principal of the North Vancouver Land & Improvement Company, influenced the development of the North Shore as well as other regions of B.C. More
The North Vancouver Story
Museum in Presentation House - (Open by Appointment Only)
In one of the world’s most spectacular settings, human activity has shaped the environment and has been shaped by it. Learn the story of North Vancouver’s rise from an isolated logging town to today’s dynamic urban community. The permanent exhibition gallery encapsulates 150 years of history, from pre-contact times to the present, using artifacts and photographs in themed displays to tell the unique story of the community and its people.
The North Vancouver Story is open by appointment only on Thursdays and Fridays. Call 604.990.3700 ex. 8016 for details.
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