Policing Vancouver During the Great War–Part 2

This is a reposting of a popular blog series from 2014 in honour of Remembrance Day and those who nobly served. The First VPD Men Who Went to War: “No mere jackboot militarism inspired them. They sought neither the glory of conquest, nor the rape nor the loot of sacked

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Policing Vancouver During the Great War

This is a reposting of a popular blog series from 2014 in honour of Remembrance Day and those who nobly served. August 4th, 2014 marks the 100th* anniversary of Canada’s involvement in one of the most influential events in the world’s history–World War I. In response to the assassination of

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The Vancouver Police Museum is one of Vancouver's most haunted sites for good reason. Learn about its history here!

The Ghosts of The Vancouver Police Museum

The Vancouver Police Museum is often singled out as one of Vancouver’s most haunted sites for good reason. Built in 1932 and designed by architect Arthur J. Bird, the museum, now a designated heritage building, originally served as the city’s Coroner’s Court, Autopsy Facility and Analyst’s Lab. That means, over

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Salt Water’s City: “King of the Thugs” Jim Goon

By Cat Rose “I want you to understand and to take into consideration the fact that the man who stands arraigned on this charge is a Chinaman of low caste,” began the counsel for the defense at the pimping trial of Wong Yuen Jim. “There is a tendency among some

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The Incredible History of The Penthouse: A Vancouver Landmark Weathers 70 Years of Change

By Sheena Koo There aren’t many Vancouver establishments—without heritage designation—that remain standing these days. The Starfish Room, The Cave, The Ridge, Pantages Theatre along with countless others have all disappeared with the times, taking with them irreplaceable history and stories that will never get told. All around the city, relics

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Author Eve Lazarus Takes Us Inside the Milkshake Murder (Video)

Eve Lazarus, author of Murder by Milkshake,  joined us at The Vancouver Police Museum to talk about her fascinating investigation into the murder of Esther Castellani. Learn about her discoveries and connection to our museum in this video.  The Milkshake Murder On July 11th, 1965, Esther Castellani was pronounced dead after

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Photograph of Pekin Chop Suey, the Bank of Vancouver and a hand cart in Vancouver's Chinatown in 1910. Image Credit: Vancouver Archives Vancouver Archives :AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-2116

Sins of the City Tours: Inside Vice, Dice and Opium Pipes!

Our Sins of the City tours are back in full swing for and we wanted to give you a sneak peek inside one of our most popular ones: Vice, Dice and Opium Pipes. Led by city expert Catherine Driver, we caught up with her to learn more about this tour

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The 2011 Stanley Cup Riot, Speaker Series Presentation May 8th at The Vancouver Police Museum.

Alcohol: What Fuelled the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot

On the evening of June 15th, 2011, Vancouver’s downtown core erupted into the city’s most destructive riot to date. It was the deciding game of the Stanley Cup finals, the Vancouver Canucks had been slugging it out against the Boston Bruins for six tense games. Over 100,000 fans were packed

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[Police Chief Walter Mulligan and Superintendant John Fisk at the police probe] General material designation Photograph Title statements of responsibility W. Cunningham Vancouver Daily Province Level of description Item Reference code AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-230

The Rise and Fall of Vancouver’s Top Cop in the 1950s

1950s Vancouver was an idyllic time for many. The city had just a few skyscrapers, with the Hotel Vancouver and the Marine Building standing as the city’s tallest; most of the growing communities retained their neighbourhood charm and quaint customs; while wholesome family ideals remained paramount in ads from Canadian

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New Photographic Exhibit at The Vancouver Police Museum: Keeping Your Community Safe: A photographic journey of the VPD

Behind Our Newest Photo Exhibit with Photographer Julie Scott

  We see and hear about The Vancouver Police Department through the lens of the news and media, but rarely through the eyes of the officers themselves. Behind the scenes, there are many moments of tenderness, happiness and beyond—each showing a different side to the VPD that is relatable and unfiltered.

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