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Vancouver in the Seventies

October 13th, 2016 to July 16, 2017

The exhibition featured 400 photographic gems from the Vancouver Sun newspaper collection, as well as several 1970s artefacts from the Museum’s collection. These stunning shots illustrated an intense period of self-discovery and growing up for Vancouver. They captured the beauty of everyday events and chronicle the drama of pivotal moments that continue to shape the city.


The images were organized around themes of protesting, building, performing, and playing in Vancouver. Visitors were invited to add their significant 1970s Vancouver happenings to a visual timeline of events and factoids. Vancouver in the Seventies builds on the book of the same name by Greystone Books. It is authored by retired Vancouver Sun research librarian Kate Bird with an introduction by columnist Shelley Fralic.

To encourage Vancouverites to think about the future of their city, the Museum of Vancouver invited people to come together to reflect on the 1970s through the lenses of activism, arts, and business. Public programs included an event where news photographers and journalists shares their perspectives and invited debates on the evolving field of photojournalism.



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