Dundas County Archives commissioned; public enjoy sneak peek

In video above, see highlights of the Nov. 4 occasion including: recognition for the “houseful” of extensive Loyalist genealogical material donated by the family of the late Lynne Cook of Morrisburg (while kept at the Iroquois-based Archives, those papers remain under the control of the St. Lawrence Branch of the United Empire Loyalists by special arrangement); and the contribution of a century’s worth of Chesterville Record editions with the blessing of the family of the previous publisher, the late Robin Morris.

Joint South Dundas/North Dundas paper archives facility to open in New Year

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

IROQUOIS — Dundas County’s historic papers and documents — both public and private — now have a final resting place for posterity. Officially, the new Dundas County Archives won’t open its doors until the New Year.

But the partnering municipalities offered preview tours to crowds that turned out Sunday for commemorative ceremonies establishing the 5 College Street facility in Iroquois.

The participating municipalities’ contracted archivist, Susan Robinson Peters, presides over one of the tours at the Dundas County Archives, in the clip below.

South Dundas Mayor Evonne Delegarde (left) and North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan (right), along with Dundas County Archives Committee Chair Larry Empey (holding a plaque acknowledging the establishment of a “Lynne Cook” Research Room at the new archives) and the committee’s St. Lawrence Branch of the United Empire Loyalists representative, Lorraine Reoch; she holds a plaque expressing the Archives’s gratitude at hosting the UEL collection assembled by Cook.  Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Mayors Eric Duncan and Evonne Delegarde (above) pose with members of the Dundas County Archives Committee (front, from left) archivist Susan Robinson Peters, Lorraine Reoch of the St. Lawrence UEL chapter; South Dundas Clerk Brenda Brunt, Committee Chair Larry Empey, and North Dundas representatives Darlene Fawcett, Jo-Anne McCaslin (North Dundas Clerk) and Brianne Scott. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


The front page of a 1930s edition of ‘The Williamsburg Times’ — a defunct newspaper — reports on the exploits of Dr. Locke in the village. A replica image of the paper hangs on the wall at the new Dundas County Archives.


The Archives handles paper mementoes exclusively — although some are a little more elaborate, such as this framed display photo from the Morrisburg Model School of 1897.


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