Ar­chives funds sought

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

North Glen­garry coun­cil has of­fi­cially filed for Tril­lium fund­ing for the new Glen­garry County Ar­chives build­ing at 28 Kenyon Street East in Alexan­dria.

Al­though the Ar­chives had been plan­ning on ap­ply­ing, the On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion in­formed them that they were not el­i­gi­ble to do so and that one of its part­ner mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties had to file the ap­pli­ca­tion.

As South Glen­garry was al­ready plan­ning on ap­ply­ing for this year, the ball fell in North Glen­garry’s court. As the ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line was June 12, coun­cil dealt with the mat­ter swiftly at its June 10 meet­ing.

”A col­lab­o­ra­tive agree­ment with North Glen­garry, the County Ar­chives and South Glen­garry will also be drafted and cir­cu­lated to all par­ties,” promised North Glen­garry CAO Sarah Huskin­son. “This col­lab­o­ra­tive agree­ment is re­quired for the ap­pli­ca­tion and was al­ready planned to be drafted for the ar­chives build­ing pro­ject.”

Ear­lier this year, North and South Glen­garry coun­cil agreed to split the $140,000 price tag to ac­quire the new site. How­ever, North Glen­garry is only ap­ply­ing for $32,000 which will help make the build­ing more ac­ces­si­ble.

County Archivist Al­lan J. MacDon­ald says the funds would be used to in­stall a ramp, power door for pub­lic ac­cess and a bar­rier-free wash­room.

The build­ing it­self was built in the late 1830s – there was an older build­ing on the site that burned down in 1835.

At one time, it was the home of Colonel An­gus Mac­donell, nephew of Bishop Alexan­der Mac­donell, for whom the town of Alexan­dria is named. The build­ing was later ac­quired by the Knights of Colum­bus in the 1920s and was al­tered half a cen­tury later to be used as hall for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The Ar­chives pro­ject, which in­cludes a move from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion in Glen­garry District High School, also in­volves an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion of the new build­ing.

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