06 September 2009

Vancouver, BC: Jewish Museum, Archive events, September

The Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia sponsors tours and talks on various regional aspects. The Vancouver institution's next two events cover Vancouver's Art Deco Bridges and a cemetery tour including the Beth Israel Cemtery.

The last scheduled Jewish walking tour of this season is from 1.30-3.30pm, Thursday, September 17

Tuesday, September 8, 7.30-9pm

Vancouver's Art Deco Bridges will include Lions Gate and the Burrard Bridge, by author and historian Donald Luxton. The program includes the history and construction of the bridges, archival images and footage, along with updates on their current preservation.

This is in conjunction with the Jewish Museum and Archives' current exhibit, Vancouver: Bridging its History 1895-1980.

The exhibit features hundreds of black-and-white photos of area bridges shot by Otto F. Landauer, the city's renowned mid-century Modernist Jewish photographer. Images were selected from the The Leonard Frank Photos Studio fonds. Frank, whose early bridge photos are also on display, was a famed Vancouver Jewish photographer.

The Frank collection is one of the largest held by the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia, covering 1880-1983 with nearly 40,000 images. German Jews Leonard and Bernard Frank later sold their studio to Landauer, who operated it until his death.

Luxton is president of Heritage Vancouver and the Canadian Art Deco Society, and co-author of the award-winning book "Lions Gate," and author of the Burrard Bridge Heritage Study.

Sunday, September 13, 10am-12.30pm

There will be a Masonic and Beth Israel Cemetery Tour.Tour two side-by-side little-known Burnaby cemeteries.

At the Masonic Cemetery, learn about a fallen police officer, an Olympic gold medalist, a Victoria Cross winner, Mr. Whistle and the Woodward Mausoleum. At the Beth Israel Cemetery, Jewish burial traditions and biographies will be explored.

This is presented in collaboration with the Burnaby Village Museum (registration required; tickets $10.50; click on the website for more information). Tracing the Tribe had trouble connecting with this URL and it's possible the site is being worked on.

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