Historical Society of South Dundas receives first donations

Although their main intent is the collection of information, mostly in the digital format, the Historical Society of South Dundas recently received its first donations of artifacts. 

Three school photos, from two different sources, have brought three locally-relevant 19th century photos, from sequential years to the society. 

Weeks ago, the Historical Society was put in contact with Norm Shepherd of Sackville, New Brunswick who was looking for a home two mounted class photos from the Morrisburg Model School, one from 1896 and one from 1897. 

Through a chain of transport, the photos arrived in the HSSD’s possession a couple of weeks ago. 

Around about the same time that these photos were making their way to South Dundas, the HSSD received another photo donation from Shirley Pettinger, offering up a class photo,  also from the Morrisburg Model School, this one from 1898. 

“The fact that these two similar donations were being made about the same time, and that they ended up being sequential years is completely coincidental,” said Sue Peters, president of the Historical Society of South Dundas. 

While the Historical Society mainly wants to collect and share local historical information, the group knew it was important to accept these donations. 

“I know there is nothing like this in the municipal archive,” said Peters. 

The Historical Society of South Dundas met last week, at the Iroquois Civic Centre, and in addition to viewing these photos, each participant brought artifacts of their own for a ‘show and tell’.

The Historical Society of South Dundas wants to use the donation as an opportunity to invite those who may have information or old stories from the Morrisburg Model School to share to contact them. 

Peters can be reached by email (teahistorian@hotmail.ca) or the Historical Society can be contacted by mail (Historical Society of South Dundas c/o Box 282 Morrisburg, ON, K0C 1X0) or email (info@southdundas.net).

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