An Update from the Archives

by Nancy Warr

The Archives is like a mini treasure hunt. Every drawer or box opened is a surprise and brings new and interesting items to our attention. Some require research and/or surfing on the internet to identify. Recent items identified include a fid, a gig, and bass drum tension rods. We continue to digitize our records for public viewing at the Library and produce updated artifact condition reports at both the Archives and the Blockhouse.

Since the beginning of 2018, we have accessioned at least 360 artifacts/documents and 46 pictures/photographs. The Collections Committee meets frequently to assess new artifacts and documents received for inclusion to the Archives. Many artifacts and documents have been accepted and we are currently assessing an additional 100+ documents received in the last 3 months for their historic value. As well, the Collections Committee approved the repatriation of the Voltigeur uniform, belt, cartridge box, and plumed hat (kepi) to the Voltigeurs de Quebec Armoury, Quebec City, with a ceremony on the Blockhouse Opening day June 23, 2018.

The images above include two photographs recently donated to the MDHS collection.

Picture 1: John Mills in his furniture shop on Brock Street, ca. 1920.

Picture 2: John McGrath with his dog ca. 1950 with a large grindstone from Wickwire Tannery, found on Lot 20., Conc. 3, Wolford.

Picture 3: Repatriation of the Voltigeur uniform, as seen in the North Grenville Times.

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