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AHA MEDIA is very proud to help announce Two East End History Walking Tours led by James Johnstone in Strathcona, Vancouver on Saturday March 6, 2010

AHA MEDIA is very proud to help announce Two East End History Walking Tours led by James Johnstone in  Strathcona, Vancouver  from 10:00am – 4:30pm on Saturday March 6, 2010

Come out and enjoy a two hour walk through Vancouver’s Historic East End. It promises to be a sunny day and the daffodils, cherry blossoms, and daphne odorata will be in full bloom. This Saturday, March 6th, I will be offering two departures of my East End Neighbourhood History Walking Tour, one at 10am and the other at 2pm.

My route, first offered on August 15th to an oversold crowd of 44 people, is the culmination of years of researching over 250 homes in the East End. Although architecture is a minor theme in the tour, my focus is more on the social history—the ebb and flow of different waves of immigrants who established themselves here before moving on to other parts of the city. Most people know about Little Italy, Hogan’s Alley, the East End’s early Jewish Community, and Japantown, but did you know that there were whole blocks of Newfoundlanders and a sizable Syrian colony here as well in the early 1900s?

The tour touches on the impact and influences of portside industries (BC Sugar, shipyards, etc.) prohibition, (the proliferation of bootlegging), the Oriental Exclusion Act (bachelor rooming houses, etc.), the Japanese Canadian internment, as well as the City Planning Department’s attempts to wipe out “urban blight”. It also gives participants the chance to see the locations of the previous homes of well-known East End residents, like pioneer female aviator Tosca Trasolini, premier Dave Barrett, champion boxers Jimmy McLarnin and Felice Di Palma (Di Palma boxed under the name Phil Palmer), Rabbi Nathan Meyer Pastinsky, award-winning authors Paul Yee and Wayson Choy, Ross and Nora Hendrix (Jimi’s grandparents), community activists Mary Lee Chan and Shirley Chan, and BC Supreme Court Judge, community leader Angelo Branca, and k.d. lang.

The Next Tours are scheduled to depart at

10am and
2pm

Saturday, March 6th from in front of the Heatley Block at East Hastings & Heatley Avenue (696 East Hastings).

People interested in coming along are encouraged to reserve a space by e-mailing me at househistorian@yahoo.ca.

Cost is $15.00 per person


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