Thursday, 10 October 2013

Meeting with North Dumfries Township Council October 7th, 2013

The North Dumfries Historical Preservation Society presented to Council on October 7th, 2013. The Society presented to Council the plan of having a Total Archive which would include municipal and community archive.

It was stressed, however, that it is the responsibility of the Township to fund the municipal side of the archive as it is in legislation, both the Municipal Act and the Freedom and Information legislation that the municipal records are secure and accessible.

The Council discussed options of providing space in the community to begin the process of collecting, cleaning and storing documents. A suggestion by the Mayor, Rob Deutschmann, was to provide space in the North Dumfries Community Complex (NDCC).

The North Dumfries & Cambridge Community Foundation was also present at the meeting and presented a delegation to Council. The foundation presented a community fund in North Dumfries that could provide money for the preservation of historical documents.

The Society is preparing a complete proposal for Council to review and a clear collection policy for the community archive (the municipal archive's collection policy is regulated by municipal legislation).

Check out our Facebook Page and blog for current updates on the Society! Also look for us at upcoming ocommunity events such as the Ayr Pubilc Library's Christmas Open House :)

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Delegation with North Dumfries Township Council

The North Dumfries Historical Preservation Society will be presenting to Council on October 7th, 2013 at 7:00pm at the North Dumfries Township Office.

Please come out and show your support! We look forward to seeing you!

The Beginning of the North Dumfries Historical Preservation Society

Welcome to the new blog for the North Dumfries Historical Preservation Society (N.D.H.P.S.)! The society has been established in hopes to preserve and protect the historical records typical of North Dumfries Township (that is, archival records that are in or related to the Township).

The idea of the Society began about 10 years ago, however, the Committee unfortunately came to a stop. It was not until the beginning of January 2013 that we began again. There were two main reasons for the Society to begin:

1) We were approached by various members in the community about historical records that were being kept in their basement and attics. Others had items that they were going to throw away if they could not find an establishment to give it to. We knew that something had to be done as records were and are deteriorating and others were/are being thrown away.

2) The state of the Municipal records, especially the oldest records, are currently poor. Lack of conservation including moisture damage has left several of the municipal documents in poor condition.

We have since visits local archives such as the City of Cambridge Archives and the Waterloo Region Archives to learn more about how the archive was established and their capital and operational costs.

The Society is comprised of two co-chairs and approximately 8 other members. The Society meets once a month.

We look forward to working with the community and hope that together, we can make a difference in the preservation of our historical records!

Comment if you would like to learn more about our Society/ like our new logo!