The Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol joins archives from across the province to celebrate Archives Awareness Week in Ontario, April 4-8. Celebrated each year during the first week of April, this week provides the opportunity to highlight the importance of preserving the documentary heritage of Ontario’s communities.
“Archives Awareness Week offers a great opportunity to highlight the valuable archival collection held at the Huron County Museum,” said Archivist, Michael Molnar, whose role is to assess, collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to the collection. The Huron County Archives collection is accessible to the public for research purposes. The collection contains historical documents specific to Huron County, including photographs, personal papers and diaries, land registry copy books, maps, property tax assessment rolls, scrapbooks, Council minutes and more.
The Huron County Archivist provides access to the archival collection in a variety of ways and processes research requests received by phone, email and mail, as well as in-person, through scheduled appointments in the Archives’ Reading Room.
To celebrate Archives Awareness Week, the Museum will be offering free admission to the Reading Room for in-person research. Due to capacity limits in the Reading Room, appointments are required and are being booked daily from Monday, April 4 to Friday, April 8. Call the Museum at 519-524-2686, ext. 2201, to book a complimentary research session. Please note that other fees may apply.
The Museum also continues to accept donations of archival materials from the community. Items should be historically significant to Huron County and may include journals, historical documents, business records, photographs of local homes, towns and villages throughout Huron, cookbooks created within the County, or organizational and club records, to name a few. Donations can be made by appointment.
To learn more about the archival collection, donating to the collection, services offered, and fees that may apply, please visit: https://www.huroncountymuseum.ca/huron-county-archives/.