$32,400 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant supports new home for Glengarry County Archives

Posted on Monday March 09, 2020
New home of the Glengarry County Archives
New home of the Glengarry County Archives

Alexandria, March 6, 2020 – The transformation of the new home of the Glengarry County Archives received the official support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation today, during a ceremony to announce an OTF grant of $32,400.



I am proud that Ontario Trillium Foundation continues to support projects such as Glengarry’s, which will improve accessibility at Glengarry County Archivesnew home. This initiative ensures everyone has access to Glengarry County Archives, which enriches people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.


"This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to upgrade access to this heritage building is welcome news to many in our community, said MPP Simard, Glengarry-Prescott Russell.  "There are many in the community who will benefit from this and it ensures that the space becomes accessible for all."


The Glengarry County Archive was established in late 2013 as an agency of both North and South Glengarry Townships.  The Townships subsequently leased space in the north-east corner of Glengarry District High School for the archives, which began operations entirely from scratch.


In late 2019, North Glengarry and South Glengarry Township decided to jointly purchase a building located at 28 Kenyon Street East, in Alexandria, so that they could establish a permanent location for the growing archive. The building, which is referred to as “Macdonell House” is Alexandria’s oldest building and is among the oldest built history in all of Glengarry. 


The large manor house was built in the late 1830s by Colonel Angus Macdonell, a nephew of the famous Bishop Alexander Macdonell of St. Raphael’s. It was extensively altered in the late 1970s, when it was converted to be used as the Knights of Columbus Hall.


Macdonell House is currently undergoing structural upgrades to address floor load and fire separation issues.  The heritage building will be completely renovated; and the building's limestone walls will be restored.  With the grant of $32,400 from the OTF a ramp will be installed at the primary entrance and a washroom will be modified to ensure access to one and all.


The Glengarry County Archives is the largest archive in Eastern Ontario. Itss mandate is to preserve Glengarry's documentary heritage from the pioneer period to the present.  For more information about the archives, please visit glengarrycountyarchives.ca.


The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada's leading granting foundations.  OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. 




Sarah Huskinson, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Canton de Glengarry nord - North Glengarry Township

cao@northglengarry.ca/ T. 613-525-1110/ F. 613-525-1649/ www.northglengarry.ca



Tim Mills, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Township of South Glengarry

tmills@southglengarry.com / T. 613-347-1166 / www.southglengarry.com

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