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Windsor Public Library To Open Local History Centre

Wednesday April 13th, 2016, 4:53pm


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The new local history centre at the Central Library opens to the public at 2pm on Thursday.

Located on the second floor, it’s an enclosed space where customers can access resources from the WPL Local History Collection, as well as items from the Municipal Archive.

Windsor Public Library has been acquiring, preserving and making available historic records of the City of Windsor, its boards and commissions for many years and they are now together in one location.

“The local history centre showcases the rich and diverse heritage and culture of Windsor and provides an important visual connection to bygone eras. It will be particularly popular with local authors, genealogists, historians and others interested in the history of Windsor and Essex County,” says WPL CEO Kitty Pope, “as will the Famous Windsorites Portal we have created on our website, which features short biographies about famous Windsor residents.”

There are over 7,500 photographs and 20,000 sets of architectural drawings, maps and plans available for viewing by customers. Records date back to the late 1700’s, although records for Windsor start in 1854, the year Windsor was incorporated as a village. Documentation on communities that became part of Windsor (Ford City/East Windsor, Ojibway, Riverside, Sandwich, Walkerville and the Townships of Sandwich East, West and South) are included and available for viewing. The multi-media collection includes paper documents (journals, letters, diaries), posters, audio tapes and ephemera.

There will also be a display marking the 50th anniversary of the amalgamation of the town of Riverside in 1966. Following the launch, the display will move to the Riverside Library.

Funding for the local history initiative came from a bequest from the estate of Norman Young who passed away in 2013 and his wife Denise Young who were huge library supporters

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