Celebrating Heritage Week 2018

The Mount Pleasant Heritage Group celebrates heritage in our community 365 days a year…but we always join the rest of the Province the third week of February to celebrate Heritage Week in BC. Every year, organizations in the heritage sector participate in Heritage Week by organizing events that showcase local heritage and involve the public. The theme for 2018 is “Heritage Stands the Test of Time.”

This year we have created a banner that merges a historical image of Mount Pleasant with a modern day one and our theme is: Heritage Stands the Test of Time: And Stays Affordable!

The historical photo, from the City of Vancouver Archives (Major Matthews Collection -AM54-S4-: SGN 1026), looks north along Main Street from 8th Avenue and shows the west side of the 2300 block. This Heritage Week we would like to promote the affordability of heritage buildings for both housing and businesses.

The banner is in the window of Rath Art Supplies, located in the Triangle Building at 2412 Main Street, right in the centre of Mount Pleasant’s Heritage Heart.

It will be up until the end of February, 2018.

MPHG would like to thank the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area (MPBIA) and Rath Art Supplies for their generous support of this project.

This Heritage Week 2018 project brought to you by Jennifer Chernecki (artistic production), Christine Hagemoen (research) and the rest of the MPHG team.

Our banner from last year, which explains why Mount Pleasant’s streets are named after the Canadian provinces/territories & why Ontario Street is the centre/000 block of Vancouver, is up in the lobby display case of the Mount Pleasant Community Centre.

Mount Pleasant Heritage Lives!


Special Presentation by Michael Kluckner at Our Upcoming June 1st Meeting

Please join us for a special presentation at our next monthly meeting Monday, June 1st, 2015 at 7 pm.

Michael Kluckner, writer, artist/illustrator and author of a number of books on Vancouver’s history and heritage and planning issues will give A Brief Overview of Heritage Policy . Michael was the founding president of the Heritage Vancouver Society and is the current president of the Vancouver Historical Society. He is a member of the Vancouver Heritage Commission and Grandview Heritage Group. His most recent book is Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years (2012).

With the City of Vancouver’s Heritage Action Plan in full swing Michael’s talk is very timely.

Check out Michael’s blog here.

We meet at grunt gallery – 350 East 2nd Avenue/Unit 116.


Our Treasured Building Sign That Disappeared

On March 12th we tweeted STOP THIEF!!  Treasured Building Sign taken from Mt. Pleasant Optometry
:(Who knew our signs would be so popular:)
TB Sign Distinct
 Well, the sign has been located along with a story.  We now consider the sign to have been borrowed, rather than stolen, to further the cause of heritage and affordability.  It seems the sign was used to draw attention to two treasured old houses which currently provide rental accommodation and which sit on a possible development site.  The sign has been returned.

Heritage Lounge Snapshots!

A big thanks to our 2 photographers:

Merle Addison & Erin Pasternak

To see photos of the Heritage Transportation Jamboree and Flying Ballerinas at the Autumn Shift Festival visit our Gallery


The Mount Pleasant Heritage Group extends its appreciation to the Vancouver Foundation for supporting our Heritage Lounge and Treasured Buildings Sign project with a Neighbourhood Small Grant.  


Mount Pleasant’s Heritage Lives!

Last fall, at the 2013 Autumn Shift Festival on Main Street, The Mount Pleasant Heritage Lounge drew large numbers of curious residents and non-residents alike. It was evident that the history of our community is of great interest to a wide range of people of all ages. Furthermore, many expressed a strong desire to see the many heritage buildings of Mount Pleasant preserved.

Thus the Mount Pleasant Heritage Group has formed. Modeled on the established Grandview Heritage Group, the mission of the MPHG is to identify, preserve and celebrate the built, natural, cultural and industrial heritage of Mount Pleasant.

Our monthly meetings will recommence in the autumn of 2014.  If you would like more information please email: mountpleasantheritage@gmail.com