Pick a card, any card—there are about 15,000 of them to choose from. But this isn’t a tarot reading and it’s far from a card trick. No, it’s a close look at early British Columbia through a private collection of postcards.
Over the last four years or so, 27-year-old bibliophile, autodidact, and historian Gregory Robert Freeman has assembled a collection of nearly 300 carefully chosen books, manuscripts, and legal documents dating back to circa 1270—plus about 130 modern books.
Like many other First Nations peoples, the Musqueam band of Vancouver’s Lower Mainland followed an exclusively oral tradition; history and culture were passed down from generation to generation through storytelling. This is the story of Henry Charles of the Musqueam people.
All the talk about how the Vancouver Public Library is digitizing itself, how the 21st century is reinventing how we read, accumulate and assimilate information, may be completely accurate. Then again, it might be, as Mark Twain has it, greatly exaggerated.
The crowd that gathers around New York City’s Carnegie Hall is different than that of Vancouver’s Carnegie Community Centre at Hastings and Main. It’s easy to wonder, when passing by the infamous corner of Canada’s poorest neighbourhood, if 19th-century high-society steel baron Andrew Carnegie is turning in his grave.