At 3pm on Saturday 8th December, the Grandview Heritage Group (GHG) will sponsor an illustrated talk by me on “The Birth of Our Community: Grandview 1890-1915.” It was this quarter-century that turned Commercial Drive and Grandview from a raw forest into one of Vancouver’s primary residential and shopping centres.
The talk will take place at the CFEC Room upstairs at Family Place at the south end of Britannia Community Centre facing Grandview Park (1655 William Street.)
Seats are limited and GHG would welcome a note in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you will be coming. We will be asking for a $10 donation to assist the work of the GHG.
I look forward to seeing you there!
The prestigious BC Studies has printed a review of “The Encyclopedia of Commercial Drive“, and it is rather good:
“… between both of King’s books, particularly the Encyclopedia, one can easily see a valuable research source for creating feature articles, documentaries, or even historical fiction or film treatments. This is an all-purpose resource that will benefit many in the years to come.”
That the Encyclopedia be a valuable resource for others is exactly the reason I compiled it, so I am happy to see that recognized.
In case you don’t know, Jak King writes a lot of local history at the website of the Grandview Heritage Group.
I’m planning to conduct a walking tour of Commercial Drive later this Spring for the benefit of the Grandview Heritage Group; I’m having fun putting it together.
Please keep in touch with the GHG website for further details.
I have had a number of requests to make available the text of my presentation to the Vancouver Historical Society in January this year. It seemed easiest to post it here as a downloadable PDF called Commercial Drive to 1940.
The talk gives a brief history of the Drive to the mid-1930s. It then covers in some detail the propaganda campaign that led to the building of the First Avenue Viaduct, which I believe laid the foundations for the modern Drive. The talk concludes with the introduction of self-service and supermarkets to the Drive and their affects on the local stores.
It doesn’t have the images I used for the presentation, but I hope you find the text interesting and useful.