Little known Lotta facts for a Friday: you can play the piano in Lotta’s room!

Lotta’s room, “Hitschmanova”, in the Unitarian Church of Vancouver

Did you know there is a room named after Lotta in Vancouver? You can meet in “Hitschmanova”, or even play the piano there!

I learned this while giving a talk for USC Canada many years ago at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver at 49th & Oak.

The church building was built in 1964, at a time when USC was still shipping clothes overseas to help those in need. I was told that the clothes were sorted and packed in the basement, and indeed I saw a paved driveway down to what is now the “Hitschmanova” room.

These days there are no trucks going up and down the driveway, but according to the Vancouver Unitarian website, the room still “has direct entrance to the outside.”

Is anyone aware of other sites across Canada where Lotta has been similarly honoured or remembered?

David Rain

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