Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties seal ar­chives deal

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff South Glen­garry coun­cil gave of­fi­cial ap­proval for the pur­chase of the Knights of Colum­bus Hall in Alexan­dria, the new fu­ture home of the Glen­garry County Ar­chives, through the pass­ing of a by­law June 3.

Coun­cil adopted a res­o­lu­tion April 15 to pur­chase the build­ing at 28 Kenyon St. E. in part­ner­ship with the Town­ship of North Glen­garry, at a to­tal cost of $140,000 ($70,000 per town­ship), with the in­tent of es­tab­lish­ing a new, per­ma­nent home there for the Ar­chives.

The repos­i­tory has been lo­cated in the north­east cor­ner of Glen­garry Dis­trict High School in Alexan­dria since of­fi­cially open­ing in Septem­ber 2014.

County Ar­chiv­ist Al­lan Mac­Don­ald told cil­ity’s new home “not only meets the long-term needs of the Ar­chives, but is steeped in the his­tory of Glen­garry.”

En­vi­ron­men­tal con­trols at the new lo­cale will also as­sist in prop­erly pre­serv­ing the ar­chives’ ex­ten­sive collection of doc­u­ments, his­tor­i­cal records, pho­to­graphs, ephemera, and other ma­te­ri­als.

South Glen­garry clerk Kelli Cam­peau ex­plained last week that while the res­o­lu­tion re­gard­ing the K of C hall ac­qui­si­tion had al­ready been passed, the agree­ment had to be ap­proved by by­law. North Glen­garry coun­cil passed a sim­i­lar by­law May 27. South Glen­garry’s $70,000 share of the build­ing’s pur­chase price will be taken out of re­serves.

Lach­lan McDon­ald, SG’s gen­eral man­ager of cor­po­rate ser­vices and trea­surer, re­lated, “With this agree­ment, the bur­den on ad­min­is­tra­tion will prob­a­bly be one to 10 hours a month, be­cause we will be do­ing the book­keep­ing. North Glen­garry will have crews help­ing out with the main­te­nance as­pect,” since they’re more fa­mil­iar with the build­ing.

The Knights of Colum­bus hall build­ing, erected in 1823, is the old­est struc­ture in Alexan­dria. The “Colonel’s House” was the stately home of Colonel An­gus Macdonell, a nephew of the fa­mous Bishop Alexander Macdonell of St. Raphael’s. Af­ter be­ing ac­quired by the Knights of Colum­bus in the 1920s, it was ex­ten­sively al­tered in the late 1970s.

The build­ing will un­dergo major ren­o­va­tions to pro­vide bar­rier-free ac­cess to the pub­lic and re­store the his­toric lime­stone ex­te­rior walls.

An es­ti­mate on the cost of the work, which will in­clude re­moval of stucco from ex­te­rior of the struc­ture, will be de­ter­mined at a later date.

The ar­chives board plans to pur­sue fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties from var­i­ous gov­ern­ment sources at the county, pro­vin­cial and fed­eral lev­els. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is also bank­ing on the com­mu­nity’s sup­port. A con­certed fundrais­ing ef­fort is be­ing pre­pared by “a strong group of com­mu­nity vol­un­teers” to en­sure that ad­di­tional capital is raised.

The ar­chives is ex­pected to move to its per­ma­nent home in the fall of 2020.

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