The masthead of El Comercio del Valle, the region's first bi-lingual business paper. The St. Louis Media Foundation announced on May 26 it had acquired nine issues of the paper from a private collector.
Credit (courtesy of the St. Louis Media History Foundation)
A local media history group has acquired nine issues of the region’s first bi-lingual business paper.
The St. Louis Media History Foundation announced on Monday that it had purchased the copies of El Comercio del Valle from a private collector.
El Comercio del Valle — the Commerce of the Valley — began publishing in St. Louis in 1876 and was distributed all along the Mississippi River, said Frank Absher, the executive director of the foundation. The first publisher would eventually become the Mexican Consul in St. Louis.
In 2009, the Chamber established a charitable arm, the HCC STL Foundation, which focuses on youth, workforce development and education. The Chamber’s Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) is a skills-based leadership training program for young Hispanic professionals.