We represent a group of BC historians who are in the process of spearheading Alternative Vancouver (AltVan), a collaborative project to recover and exhibit the rich history of grassroots community initiatives. Many of these came into being in the late 1960s and 1970s, spurred on by radical visions of social change and ready government funding. They had in common a vision that truly community-based services should be organized by users themselves and could offer important and engaging alternatives to mainstream media, institutions and environments. We are currently in the funding process and if we are successful, we plan to partner with existing community organizations and institutions to unearth and present this history in hopes of informing current challenges and possibilities for positive change. In keeping with the principles of democratic community collaboration which underpin this history, project partnerships with interested groups will form the foundation of our investigations.