Historical Society invites new members

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by Ken Mews,
President, NHGS

The North Grenville Historical Society [NGHS] wants to encourage members of the North Grenville community, especially new residents, to consider participating in the Society. We are seeking to expand our membership and to create a more sustainable archival program in the historic downtown of Kemptville.

The NGHS, a not-for-profit charitable organization, operates an archive with collections of documents, photographs, maps, books, newspapers and other artifacts related to our region. The archive is located in downtown Kemptville, next to the NG Library, in a heritage building which was the old Town Hall, and is now often called the Court House. Provincial Court is still held there a few times a month.

The archives are now open to the public once a week, on Tuesdays, when volunteers from the Society are present to conduct research and meet members of the public who want to access the archives. The Society holds monthly public meetings in the Court House on the second Wednesday of each month, which are open to everyone. For more information about the subject of this month’s talk, check the Society web page, www.northgrenvillehistoricalsociety.ca, or Facebook.

The NGHS is looking for new members/volunteers in three areas: for the Board of Directors/Governance, bookkeeping, and IT software. We need at least two new board members for the new year, someone to keep the Society’s books and we need volunteers who are comfortable learning new software applications and who are willing to be trained in the use of our new collections management software, PastPerfect, as we implement new processes and procedures.

There are usually several on-going research projects on historical topics, which offer members opportunities to participate in the collection of historical information from our collections, and help in the publication of books and create displays which add to knowledge of the historical background in our region. We also have members working in the new area of environmental history, which broadens the traditional scope of historical societies toward natural history.

Please contact Bill Adams, Chair Nominating Committee, if you are interested in serving on the Board – 613 851 0829 or at beckettslanding@gmail.com.

For other roles please contact Ken Mews, President, at nghsociety@gmail.com.

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