Kick the Can and Other Stories from the Highlands Neighbourhood



Kick the Can and Other Stories from the Highlands Neighbourhood by Carol Snyder is a collection of short stories and snapshots from the historic Highlands neighbourhood in Northeast Edmonton. Preview Now

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What Others Are Saying About Kick the Can by Carol Snyder:

Kick the Can, Carol Snyder’s latest contribution to our historical legacy, is a lush compilation of memories, photographs, and documents associated with Edmonton’s 1912 Highlands neighborhood. This book beautifully consolidates stories and recollections of first residents, many of them now gone. There are stories originally researched and written by Carol and the work of other authors. The many and diverse photos are worth the price of the book alone. However, it is the effort to preserve the memory of the lives well lived, those who have helped to shape the place we live now, and that is the real joy of the book.”

  • David Locky, A Past Resident, Highlands Historical Society

“Carol does an amazing job of bringing the history of the Highlands alive! The combination of photographs  and short stories makes this book easy to read. But you do not want to put it down.”

  • Laurel Erikson, President, Highlands Historical Society

About the Author:

Proud to be a Western Canadian, born in Regina, Carol Snyder has lived in Edmonton since 1983. As a textile artist she became interested in nature dyeing to complement the spinning and weaving she was enjoying. A Canada Council Grant in 1981 funded the research for her first book, Nature’s Colours. A Guide to Western Canadian Dye Plants. On moving to Edmonton, Carol owned and operated a yarn shop until retirement in 1995.

Her life changed in 2003 when she was accepted to participate in the 100th anniversary Barr Colony wagon trek from Saskatoon to Lloydminster. Her interest in the Barr Colonists resulted in meeting with some of the many descendants, and writing a book, On Saskatchewan Time, The 100th Anniversary Barr Colony Wagon Trek. Thinking that perhaps her own family history had included a wagon trek, Carol began research into her great grandparents who homesteaded in Manitoba. This also resulted in a book, The Hawthornes of Deloraine.

Having enjoyed interviewing people and writing their stories, Carol volunteered as Oral Historian with the Highlands Historical Foundation for 10 years, 2004 to 2014. Many people were interviewed and their stories published in the Highlands newsletters. Carol was honoured to receive a Historical Recognition Award in 2014 from the Edmonton Historical Board for her work with the Highlands Historical Society.


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Weight 412 g
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × .25 in



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