MEDIA RELEASE October 13, 2017
$19,900 OTF Grant Helps Preserve Local Historical Records for Future Generations
Latchford – On Friday, the Latchford House of Memories welcomed members of the public to celebrate the completion of the digitization of its archives. Local MPP John Vanthof and OTF Grant Review Team member Danielle Covello were on hand to congratulate the Town of Latchford and hear more on the impact this initiative will have on the community.
“We prepare for the future by recognizing the past. I would like to congratulate Latchford on a great project to preserve their history,” said John Vanthof, MPP for Timiskaming – Cochrane. “Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for recognizing the value of preserving the history of this beautiful area.”
Digitizing the irreplaceable heritage materials of Latchford, which are deteriorating due to age and their current format, will allow the public – both in Latchford and online visitors – to learn from and enjoy this unique Canadian history. And thanks to the $19,900 Seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, this project will allow people who have not had access to this incredible collection an opportunity to learn about the boom and bust of a Northern Ontario town.
“The House of Memories Museum is very appreciative of the funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation which has allowed it to preserve, in an accessible format, the tremendous amount of Latchford History that was collected in 1990 and 1991,” stated George Lefebvre, Mayor of Latchford. “Comprised of photographs, video and audio taped interviews, archival files and retrievals reflective of the period from the Town’s inception until later in the 20th century, it is irreplaceable,” concluded Mayor Lefebvre.
The Town of Latchford boasts a rich history which comes to life in many tourist attractions such as the House of Memories Museum and the Ontario Logger’s Hall of fame. The Latchford House of Memories contains more than 2,000 exhibits ranging from 19th century housewares to lumbering and blacksmith tools, World War I and II memorabilia; railway to geological specimen. For more information on the Town of Latchford its attractions, please visit the website: www.latchford.ca
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca
For more information, please contact:
Jaime Allen, Clerk
Town of Latchford