U-Turn In The Brain

For most of the last twelve months I have been concentrating my research efforts on the first twenty-five years of Grandview’s existence, say from 1890 to 1915.  I have collected a vast amount of data (much of which I have yet to publish), created some research aids, given presentations, written short pieces (here and here, for example) about that period, and generally immersed myself in that time and place.  It has been great fun.

However, now that VPL cataloguing has completed their work on the “Highland Echo” files we donated, I have decided that writing volume two of my history of “The Drive” has to take precedence. It is a bit of a shock moving my brain from the stump-strewn streets of 1905 to the raucous vibrancy of the 1960s and 1970s.

It also means I am back to camping out on the seventh-floor of VPL for the next many months as I work my way through the Echos from the early 1970s to the late 1990s.  When I was researching the first book, I had access to the physical copies of the paper; this time I have to make do with microfilm versions.  After three full days of work, I can say that this is much harder work and I really miss the tactile experience of turning pages.  Still, it is the best information available about the time and place — at least until I start interviews with real people later this year.

Luckily, I have the Grandview Heritage Group and their exciting discussions and projects to keep me in touch with the full range of our wonderful neighbourhood’s history and heritage.

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