Today, my colleagues and I at the Grandview Heritage Group, fulfilled a promise we made to ourselves some months ago. We delivered microfilms of “The Highland Echo” — Commercial Drive’s local paper — to the Special Collections Department of the Vancouver Public Library.
These editions, from 1970 to 1995, were previously only available at the BC Provincial Archives in Victoria, which made it difficult and expensive for Vancouver-based researchers to access. We raised the nearly $3,000 from generous supporters and through our history walks of the neighbourhood this summer. Now this precious resource — completing the VPL’s collection from 1935 to 1995 — will be easily accessible to historians and researchers and residents here in Vancouver.
It has been a fine collaborative project to work on and I for one am looking forward to using these materials when I write the second volume of my history of “The Drive.” More details can be found at the GHG site.