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Heritage Week at the New Westminster Library

A library, naturally, is a good place to research history, but that will be particularly true at the New Westminster Public Library during Heritage Week which this year has the theme of Good Neighbours: Heritage Homes and Neighbourhoods.

The library will hold drop-in clinics on Monday, Feb. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. that will provide personal assistance for those wanting to research their New Westminster house or family. They'll help residents look through historical photographs, newspaper articles, obituaries and funeral records.

Early sports history in B.C. and the Lower Mainland will be featured on Tuesday, Feb. 19 when two authors will talk about their soccer and hockey books.

At 7 p.m., Robert Janning, whose book is Westcoast Reign: The British Columbia Soccer Championships, 1892-1905, will discuss the early days of soccer in B.C. He'll be followed at 7:45 p.m. by Craig H. Bowsby's talk on The Birth of Hockey in New Westminster where he'll show how ice hockey was first played in the city in 1862, and how the city's first pro team, the Royals was created in 1911 and subsequently folded in 1914. The author of the Empire of Ice will also talk about the Vancouver Millionaires' Stanley Cup victory in 1915.

The free event will be held in the library's auditorium. Pre-register at 604-527-4667.

Then on Wednesday, Feb. 20, the New Westminster Historical Society's monthly evening will be on home and neighbourhoods in the Royal City. It will include images and descriptions of houses and their communities in the city. The photographs will show the differing styles across the decades and the growth of its neighbourhoods.

The presentations, which will start at 7:30 p.m. in the library auditorium, will be made by local historians Archie Miller and gavin Hainsworth. The program is free with no need to pre-register.

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