Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GLENGARRY HISTORY 'GHS' of upcoming events and Glengarry Archives

Just received the lastest newsletter from

GLENGARRY HISTORY  'GHS'  of upcoming events

September 3rd 2015 The Canadian Flag and the Glengarry Connection. Mackie Robertson
October 1st  2015 John McLennan, 1821-1893 and the Church in the Wildwood David Clifford
November 5th 2015 The Life and Times of Major the Very Rev. Ewen J. Macdonald MC.Allan J MacDonald
December 3rd 2015Glengarry and World War and the First War #4
Up the Line and Down the Line      Robin Flockton
January 7th, 2016 Family Reminiscences 1914-18  GHS Members
February 4th 2016 History of Maple Syrup    Gary Ivens
March 3rd 2016 John Rae and "Political Economy" in 1834.   David Anderson
April 7th 2016  J T. Schell: Alexandria Industrialist. Dan Lanken
May 5th 2016  Annual General Meeting
Members $5.00
Non-Members $10.00
Non-members and the general public are welcome to attend
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Glengarry Archives
After a decade of discussion, the Glengarry Historical Society decided to establish an Archives as its 50th anniversary project. Over the years many documents had been both donated to and collected by the Glengarry Historical Society and these had been stored at a number of locations throughout the County.
In January 2012, thanks to the generosity of Barry MacDonald, the bulk of the documents were moved from their various locations to the Priest's Mill in Alexandria. Almost immediately it became clear that we had insufficient space to do more than basic sorting. By May of 2012, the hunt was on for a larger accommodation. Thanks to David Anderson and Bernie MacCulloch, a meeting was arranged with the Ian MacLeod and Chris McDonell, the Mayors of South and North Glengarry in May. The objective of the meeting was for the Society to obtain a lease on the vacant Glengarry Land Registry Office in Alexandria. It was at this point that the two Mayors became interested in the potential for a Glengarry County Archives. Shortly after the May meeting the Society was able to enlist the help of a new GHS member, Allan J. MacDonald. Allan was formerly Deputy Archivist for Ontario.
In due course space was negotiated with the Upper Canada District School Board to house an Archives in the former French section of Glengarry District High School The partners in this development are the Townships of North Glengarry arid South Glengarry, Glengarry History and the Glengarry News. Allan J. MacDonald has been nominated County Archivist by both Townships. Though this is an honorary position, it nonetheless is an appointment of great importance. The County Archivist will be responsible for the management of records and archives stored under his care
The Board of Glengarry History voted to invest $20,000 in the Corporation that will govern the Glengarry County Archive.  All archival material, including the D. A_ Macdonald Collection, is on permanent loan to the Glengarry County Archives..
The D A Macdonald Collection
During the course of 2012-2013, Glengarry History collected all the papers of D. A. MacDonald, former MP for Glengarry and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The documents were retrieved by Dane Lanken in perfect condition after 150 years of storage in an attic in Alexandria. This collection is believed to be of national significance and has not yet been studied by historians.
The Archives, located at 212 Main St N, Alexandria, is open 10am-3pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Alex W Fraser Courtenay, BC  8/15

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