Chuck Davis, local historian and founder of VancouverHistory.ca has been working on a book for several years that will be called, The History of Metropolitan Vancouver. The website alone is an invaluable resource with over a century’s worth of historic moments, oddities, newspaper clippings and articles about our region. I heard this morning that due to his battle with terminal cancer, Chuck has has to find another author who will be able to continue his work and finish the book.
There is no doubt in my mind that this book will be the ultimate resource and reference for Vancouver history and it is imperative that this documentation live on. However, funding is an issue and although the Vancouver Board of Trade is a lead sponsor for the book, there is still much work to be done.
Chuck has been offering up chapters of the book for sponsorship such as 1902 sponsored by Tourism Vancouver), 1917 (Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada), 1999 (Vancouver Film Studios), and 1988 (Rogers Video). There are still several years available for sponsorship so it could be worth checking out your birth year, or the year your company was founded to see if you can step in as a sponsor.
It is very important to me, personally, to see Chuck’s work completed as I have used his website as a resource so many times and have corresponded with him in the past (with odd historical questions that required research to answer). I cannot afford to sponsor a chapter on my own so I hope that I can get the word out about this to as many individuals and business owners as possible. You can find additional information about sponsoring a chapter on the Vancouver History website.