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2015 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Prince Edward Historical Society will be held on Sunday, May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Wellington Library, 261 Main Street, Wellington, Ontario.

A proposed slate of officers for the Society will be presented by the Executive and nominations from the floor will be accepted.

Current location of the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County

Current location of the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County in Cannifton

Our guest speaker will be Sharon White, MISt, Archivist for the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County, who will be telling us about the plans for the move of the archives to a new location in Belleville Public Library.

Light refreshments will be served.

All welcome: we hope to see you there!

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On Monday April 30, the National Archival Development Program (NADP) was axed by Library and Archives Canada. You might not have heard of this program, but it was worth $1.7 million each year to archives all over Canada. For every dollar received from the fund, archives raised another dollar through matched funding, meaning that the total value of the program to Canadians was $2.5 million every year.

This is what the program supported:

·   Outreach and educational activities in communities to help small institutions manage their archival materials

·   Development of the national on-line catalogue of archival descriptions, and its provincial and territorial counterparts, so all archives, including the very small, can reach Canadians to tell them about their holdings

·   Provision of archival and preservation advice to archives of all sizes

·   Work experience for new graduates from Canada’s archival and information studies programs

·   Cataloguing of archival materials to make them accessible to the public

·   Training opportunities for local archives

·   Site assessments to both urban and rural archives, to safeguard Canada’s documentary heritage

·   Preservation  of at-risk documents and other archival materials, including electronic records

Locally, the Prince Edward County Archives has benefited in the past from the work of Ontario’s Archives Advisor, Carolynn Bart-Riedstra; Preservation Consultant, Iona McCraith; and former Archeion Coordinator, Sharon White (now Archivist for the new Community Archives in Belleville).

“We have called upon them at least a half a dozen times for unusual circumstances,” says Barbara Sweet, CEO of the County of Prince Edward Public Library and Archives.

All three of these advisory positions have now been suspended as a result of the NADP cuts, along with similar posts across the other provinces and territories. This will affect small archives particularly, as the advisors were a much-used resource for information and training.

If you’d like to support the reversal of this decision, there are a few things you can do:

  1. Sign the petition against the cut
  2. Share the news with your friends and colleagues
  3. Email your MP (Daryl Kramp if you’re in Prince Edward-Hastings)
  4. Send a message to the Minister for Canadian Heritage, the Honourable James Moore [“The promotion of our culture…is at the heart of what I do every day”]
  5. Read more in the Canadian Council of Archives’ Call to Action

Archives are not well-funded institutions and the NADP was one of the few sources of external funding available to support the work of archivists. Without this funding, it is going to be harder for Canadians to get access to the information they need.

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Pam Noxon and Larry McQuoid opening the Archives

Today saw the official opening of the Prince Edward County Archives in Wellington. After many years of being looked after by the Prince Edward Historical Society, the Archives are now part of the County of Prince Edward Library and Archives. Mayor Leo Finnegan presented long-standing Historical Society members Pam Noxon and Larry McQuoid with Certificates of Recognition for their role in caring for the collections this afternoon and several other volunteers were thanked by Krista Richardson, the Archives Manager.

The Archives are now safely housed in climate-controlled conditions at the rear of the Wellington Public Library. Krista announced that a digitization program is now under way to make many of the Archives’ images available over the Internet through the ‘OurOntario‘ service.

The ceremony concluded with an interesting talk on the dairies of Wellington by Phil Ainsworth. All on a perfect summer day, which made these old advertisements for Quinte Ice Cream quite tempting. Slickers, anyone?

Quinte Ice Cream

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