“Our Mandate is to acquire, preserve and make available to the public, records of enduring value to Middlesex Centre and in particular to the former Townships of Delaware, Lobo, London and Portions of Westminster.”
A number of years ago a committee was created to establish a Middlesex County Archives. As part of the work of that committee, we held a number of information sessions and asked citizens to sign a petition of support.
The County decided not to pursue a Middlesex County Archives. Our group realized that we still were faced with a large number of archival materials in private citizens’ homes and in former municipal offices. We sought the support of Middlesex Centre Council. They generously donated the former Delaware township offices in order for us to establish a Middlesex Centre Archives (MCA), as a sub-committee of the Middlesex Centre Historical Society. MCA is servicing the former townships of Delaware, Westminster, Lobo and London. With Council’s support and countless volunteer hours from many dedicated people across Middlesex Centre and beyond, this project has become a reality.
On 21 December 2015 Middlesex Centre Archives incorporated with the support and recognition of the Ontario Historical Society.
OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE:
- Beginning in October, 2014, MCA is open to the public every Wednesday from 10 -1 and the first and third Saturdays of the month from 1-4 (weather permitting).
- In May, 2015, MCA Board received a Trillium Grant for two years for the amount of $25,000 for a total of $50,000 to hire a part-time archivist.
- Carolynn Bart-Riedstra was hired as the archivist.
- A website for the archives has been created that lists reference books, collection highlights and other information.
- A twitter account has been created allowing interested patrons to follow activities of MCA.
- Over 2,200 volunteer hours have been donated for the benefit of the archives enabling outreach and access to the archival collection.
- One of the recipients of the Middlesex Mutual sponsored Community Spirit Award.
- Actively applying for grants to enhance the collection of the archives.
- Continue to collect and protect the documentary heritage of the community.
- Develop and grow as a recognized municipal archive.
- Continue to fundraise to continue our work.
- Participate in various local functions including:
- Poplar Hill School Picnic
- Ilderton Fair
- Canada Day
- Heritage Week Events
- Archives Awareness Week
- Other activities that may arise
ARCHIVAL DONATIONS ACCEPTED:
- Local histories, genealogies, publications
- Old account books, minute books
- Social organization records
- Church and cemetery records
- Local business records
- Family histories
- Historical photographs and letters
- Former Township records