(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Public Library will receive an Award of Merit from the Ontario Genealogical Society for the Local History Centre at the Central Branch, which opened in April 2016. The honour was accepted at a meeting held last night in the Local History Room.
Windsor Public Library has been acquiring, preserving, and making available historic records from the city and boards and commissions for many years, but with the opening of the Local History Centre they have been successfully brought together and made available in one location.
The centre showcases the heritage and culture of Windsor as it exists today and in the past. It is particularly attractive and popular with local authors, historians, and others interested in the Windsor and Essex County area.
The collection consists of over 7,500 photographs and 20,000 sets of architectural drawings, maps, and plans. Records date back to the late 1700s, although records for Windsor start in 1854, the year Windsor was incorporated as a village.
Documentation on communities which became part of Windsor, including Ford City, East Windsor, Ojibway, Riverside, Sandwich, Walkerville, and the townships of Sandwich East, West, and South, are available for viewing. The multi-media collection includes paper documents, posters, audio tapes, and ephemera.
Funding for the local history initiative came from a bequest by the estate of Norman Young, who passed away in 2013, and his wife Denise Young.