Community Art Exhibitions
Community Art Exhibitions: Online Edition
With the current closure of the Richmond Cultural Centre, art exhibitions that are usually enjoyed in the Upper Rotunda Exhibition spaces have been suspended. Until now! Enjoy art work from some of the Richmond Art Centre's Resident Art Groups virtually. Check back regularly as new pieces will be added continuously.
For more information: Online Community Art Exhibitions
Minoru Hall Exhibition
Pictorial History of the Steveston Fire
During the early 20th century, Steveston was a booming industrial village due to the strength of the fishing industry. The many salmon canneries built there - with housing for their workers and many businesses established to serve them - were all wood framed buildings packed close together, heated by wood stoves and lit with coal oil lamps. That, combined with minimal or non-existent fire protection, made the place a tinder box.
Fires were common, but the fire of May 14, 1918 was the worst. It is alleged to have started in the Chinese cookhouse of the Star Cannery. Strong winds caused it to spread quickly and by the time it was extinguished most of the buildings between No. 1 Road, 3rd Avenue and south of Moncton St. had been destroyed, including three canneries, three hotels and numerous businesses.
Approximately 600 Japanese, Chinese and First Nations workers and their families were made homeless. Total damages amounted to $500,000.
This exhibit has been made possible with the support of the friends of the Richmond Archives and the City of Richmond Archives.
|After the Steveston Fire, 1918. City of Richmond Archives photograph #1977 11 2.|