KKD Villager Jan:Feb 2020

Our Local History Projects By Dave Zavitz, Vice Chair MCA

Middlesex Centre Archives located in Delaware, Ontario has a mandate to collect and preserve the history of the former Townships of Delaware, Lobo and London. Opening to the public in 2014, this facility has a wide variety of materials and photos about the local area and its history. Volunteers have interviewed owners, researched records and collected data in order to publish Delaware and Lobo Township tour books that show the pre-1870 homes with their history. For people wishing to drive by and observe these old homes, the booklets are available for purchase at $10 each at the MCA office, the Middlesex Centre Municipal Offices and at Floral Temptations in Ilderton. MCAhas compiled and printed 2020 Calendars featuring pictures of early schools in our municipality. These are available for $10 each at the above outlets as well as Styles Hairstyling, Delaware Variety, BJs, and the Little Beaver Restaurant. EXCITING NEWS!!!! MCA is thrilled to announce the third annual Heritage Fair to be held at the Delaware Community Centre on 22 February 2020 from 10 AM until 4 PM. This extremely successful event features the deep historical roots of Middlesex Centre and Area. It showcases the MCA collections, local heritage organizations including Historical Societies, genealogical groups, First Nations, libraries, museums, and others with historical interests. Our Archivist will be there to answer any questions about finding information, handling documents, photographs, family histories etc. A book and paper conservator will be available to answer questions concerning preserving your historical documents. There will be a sale table with previously read books with an emphasis on history. After an invigorating tour of all the displays, satisfy your appetite in the lunchroom with food and beverages available for sale by the South Lobo Women’s Institute. Proceeds from sales help to support the many projects this organization supports. This is the finest collection of archival records, artifacts and those knowledgeable about local history assembled under one roof! You don’t want to miss it. Mark your calendar for February 22nd at the Delaware Community Centre. Of course MCA will also be open for visitors to drop in and explore. We are looking forward to seeing you there. Look for details about this great event or contact MCA for further information: email MCA at middlesexcentrearchives@gmail.com or call 519-518-5590 Do you have roots in Middlesex Centre, family histories, documents, photographs, deeds, mortgages etc.? These would make great additions to our collections. Consider donating to our ever growing collections and preserve our heritage. Do you have spare time on your hands? Are you interested in local history? Consider donating your time as a volunteer at the Archives. MCA would love to have you join our team of dedicated volunteers. No experience necessary. Visit us during our Heritage Fair or drop by on Wednesday 10 AM to 1 PM or on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 1 to 4 PM (Closed on holiday weekends.

Photo of S.S. # 2 Lobo known as Gold Creek School, appears in the 2020 calendar. Ther Heritage of Lobo Fonds Middlesex Centre Archives

This picture shows the display MCA volunteers created for the 2019 Heritage Fair. Middlesex Centre Archives

These are the Township Landmark Tour books created by MCA volunteers relating to Lobo and Delaware Townships. Middlesex Centre Archives

The 2020 calendar for sale. Middlesex Centre Archives.

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