Annual Heritage Day celebration highlights Terrace history, culture

Over 30 vendors displayed various vintage and historic items from the city’s past on Feb.17 in the Sportsplex Banquet Room.

Over 180 people came to celebrate Terrace’s rich heritage and diverse community during the city’s annual 2018 Heritage Day event on Feb. 17.

This year’s theme, hosted by the Terrace Regional Historical Society, was Heritage Stands the Test of Time.

Over 30 vendors packed into the Sportsplex Banquet Room, each with their own table explaining a different part of the city’s long history. The event began with a welcome dance from the Gitlaxdax Nisga’a Dance Group.

“It really brings you back and grounds you to those who came before us,” City Councillor Lynne Christiansen said at the showcase.

A historic cookbook titled Serving Up History in the Terrace Area, 1940 to 1970 was on sale for $20 near the front entrance and listed recipes from local families commonly made during that time period.

The Northwest Regional Aiport Terrace-Kitimat is also celebrating it’s 75th anniversary this year. The Canadian Department of National Defense built the airport in 1943 as part of the defense network against a hostile invasion.

One table, hosted by Maria Koerner from Vintage Pairings, crowdsourced information from residents in the hopes of finding more information about a vintage Skeena River teacup and saucer.

“People were really interested in helping us solve this mystery,” Koerner said over the phone. “I had people coming up to the table constantly over four hours.”

Koerner said she believes the teaware dates back to the 1950s but is working on verifying its age with the help of local residents.

Councillor Brian Downie said he is thankful for the strong relationships connecting the community in Terrace.

“This is a golden opportunity to see the commitment of people in this room to keep our history alive.” Councillor Downie said at the event.


 


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