MDHS Archives finally finds a new home

Back in February of 2011, after spending 5 years as tenants of the Old Town Hall in Merrickville, the archives had to vacate the premises due to a change in ownership. Having exhausted the possibilities of finding a suitable location within a short timeframe, and fearing we would be out on the street, we were fortunate enough to have the North Grenville Historical Society step forward and offered us space in their archives. They rearranged their own material to make space and allow us to store our many boxes and artifacts at one end of their premises. Not wishing to overstay our welcome or to abuse their hospitality, the Society has spent the last eighteen month looking for new digs.

This is not an easy task as space is limited and at a premium in Merrickville-Wolford. With the assistance of the Village Council, we were offered the facilities at the old Municipal Building in Easton’s Corners but unfortunately, upon inspection, the premises were found to be unsuitable. Further searching found us at the Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall where in the lower level there was a large empty space just waiting for us. After completing negotiations and with approval of the Village of Merrickville, a lease was signed and a moving date of August 21, 2012, was arranged.

Many thanks go out to the volunteers who along with the moving company helped to successfully move and unpack the many boxes without any mishaps. Thanks also to Janet Glaves for donating a new computer screen, keyboard and mouse to replace one of our aging pieces of equipment, Inga Van Gemeren for three bookcases, which will now allow us to display a large number of our reference material and books, and a new filing cabinet. This could not have been done without such help and the support of the Village of Merrickville-Wolford.

A great deal of work now has to be done to organize and assemble all the books, files, photographs, CDs and numerous other items that have, in the past due to lack of space, been hidden away in boxes and filing cabinets. Now these can now be put on display for such times as we can offer an open house first to our members and then the general public. Anyone wishing to help out with this project would be greatly appreciated. Just contact the Historical Society at 613-269-4289.
MDHS Archives at Burritts Rapids




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