Summer 2022 Newsletter

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Dedication of the Dr. Ken Veldhuis Reading Room

On Canada Day 2022, Middlesex Centre Archives held the dedication of the Dr. Ken Veldhuis Reading Room. Ken, a dedicated historian, was instrumental in founding the Middlesex Centre Archives in 2013 and worked tirelessly as a volunteer until his death on February 10, 2020. Present for the dedication were Diane, Caroline and Jill-Ann Veldhuis. Ken’s memory will always fondly live-on at the Middlesex Centre Archives.

Pictured are Carol Small, Chair MCA, Diane, Jill-Anne and Caroline Veldhuis. Also pictured are the dedication photo and plaque to honour Ken.


McEachren Clan Family Reunion Donation

On June 24, 2022, the Middlesex Centre Archives was honoured to receive a donation from the McEachern Clan. MCA Chair, Carol Small accepted the donation from Sheila (Strachan) Lacroix on behalf of the McEachern Clan. For several generations, the McEachern family met in Port Glasgow for a family reunion. It has been four years since the last reunion, and it was agreed the remaining funds would be divided between Elgin County Archives and Middlesex Centre Archives.

A presentation was hosted at the Elgin County Heritage Centre, where members of the Clan assembled for a short presentation, along with volunteers and staff of both MCA and Elgin County Archives. The short program was followed by a tour of the Elgin County Archives. Elgin County Archives will also be the recipient of the Clan McEachern documents when they are ready for donation.

The Middlesex Centre Archives gratefully accepts their generous donation, with great thanks.


Middlesex Centre Archives Receives AAO Institutional Award

At the Annual meeting of the Archive Association of Ontario (AAO), the Middlesex Centre Archives was presented with the AAO Institutional Award.

This award is given to an archival institution that has contributed significantly to the advancement of the archival field or community, or has demonstrated a significant level of innovation and imagination in the establishment of outstanding or model programs or services.

AAO specifically recognized the detailed work and commitment of the volunteers who established the archives and continue with its work, outreach activities, and successful fundraising and grant applications that ensure the continued, professional operation of the archives.

Middlesex Centre Archives is thrilled and honoured to receive such a prestigious award and recognition.

Middlesex Centre Archives thanks Library and Archives Canada for the Documentary Communities Heritage Program Grant of $28,500.

The Middlesex Centre Archives (MCA) is pleased to announce receipt of a $28,500 grant through the
Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Communities Heritage Program (DHCP). This grant will
support the professional repair, cleaning and digitisation of early records and photographs from the
businesses, industry and personal records of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Marsh Store
(1862-1955). The original fragile records will be preserved meeting archival standards, and the digitised
records will become accessible to the public. MCA is one of 11 recipients in Ontario under this year’s
DCHP grants.



Have you been cleaning and sorting your files? Do you have old photos, books, documents, organisations’ secretary/treasurer books, posters, letters, books, family histories etc. from Middlesex Centre? Before you throw them in the recycling bin or dumpster, consider donating them to the Middlesex Centre Archives. We will save those precious articles for you and future generations to study, research and learn about our past. We hope to re-open on September 9th or when it is deemed safe to do so. We will let you know!

Call to Action

We are experiencing history. This has never happened in our lifetime. We do hope you are keeping records because in 50 to 100 years, our descendants will be researching in archives to discover how their ancestors (that’s you) survived Covid-19. Once Middlesex Centre Archives is open to the public, we would love copies of those memoirs – diaries, photos and/or videos.

Mail: Middlesex Centre Archives
Box 47 Delaware, ON N0L 1E0

OR email: middlesexcentrearchives@gmail.com


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