His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety opts for online trib­utes

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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.

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