Historical Society opts for online tributes
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff The Glengarry Historical Society’s board of directors is mulling its options for recognizing the county’s historians following a recent decision to scrap its idea for a ‘scroll of honour’ at the Glengarry County Archives.
Allan J. MacDonald, one-third of a committee struck to oversee the scroll initiative – identified earlier this year as a possible sesquicentennial project to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 – told fellow board members at a meeting August 9 that the committee has had “a bit of a re-think” on the subject.
“Looking at the long-term prospects of this activity... is this something that’s going to die out in two or three years?” said Mr. MacDonald.
David Anderson, another member of the committee, concurred.
He added that similar projects honouring achievements, such as the Celtic music and sports halls of fame, and the Agricultural Wall of Fame, are complemented by induction ceremonies and dinners. “But we just don’t have that kind of enthusiasm,” he said. Board member Barry MacDonald felt “it would be pretty hard to build an event around this (scroll).” He suggested a webpage, viewable on the Historical Society’s website, as a better alternative.
Several board members agreed that an online tribute – given the growing interest in family tree and other related historical research among the county’s current and former residents, as well as those with Glengarry bloodlines living all over the world – was more suitable.
Board member and treasurer Bill MacMillan stated that the proposed scroll would only have been accessible to a limited number of people, while the webpage’s outreach is practically limitless.
Ultimately, the board of directors voted to trash plans for the scroll and authorized the committee “pursue alternatives” to be presented at the next GHS board meeting October 11.