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Bill Silver Digital Newspaper Archive

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The Bill Silver Digital Newspaper Archive is an initiative undertaken in partnership with the Vanderhoof Heritage Museum to provide free digital access to historical newspapers of Vanderhoof.

Accessible only via our website, this database searches the following newspapers:

  • The Vanderhoof Herald:  1917-1920
  • Nechako Chronicle:  1920-1983
  • Omineca Express:  1982-1989 and 1991-2007

Background of Bill Silver

Bill Silver and his wife. This project was named in recognition of the late Bill Silver who was a long time resident of Vanderhoof and an avid historian.  Mr. Silver had a keen interest in the development of this area, which inspired him to collect issues of the local weekly newspaper.  This collection became an invaluable resource for the community,  as Bill and his wife Edith allowed interested parties to access the collection in their home.  In later years, the papers also became the basis of a weekly column in the Omineca Express entitled “A Look at the Past” by Bill Silver.  Following Bill’s death, Edith continued to share the papers until she passed away in 2003.  Now that the collection has been preserved, the Silvers’ work will be appreciated for generations to come.

The Vanderhoof Public Library would like to thank the following donors for making this digital collection a reality:

  • The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Vanderhoof Co-op Association
  • Friends of the Library
  • The Bill Silver Family
  • Nechako Valley Historical Society
  • Black Press
  • Rosemary Boyd