Tuesday, December 22, 2009

R.C.R. Museum Getting Cash From The Feds

From the London Free Press, December 22, 2009:

The federal government is giving London’s military museum $1.5-million to finance the renovation and expansion of the facility, which could start as early as April.
Canadian Transport and Infrastructure Minister John Baird made the announcement today at the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, located at 750 Elizabeth St.
The money, which will come from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, will bring the museum to its $2.3-million campaign goal.

“Canada has a proud military tradition and our government is pleased to invest in the Regimental Museum,” said Baird. “It supports preserving our history, promoting the values and telling a Canadian story.”
Upgrades to the museum will include an expanded gallery; a new space for temporary exhibits; an exhibit highlighting Canada’s role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and current operations; and upgraded lighting, heating, and cooling systems.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Library and Archives Canada Pathfinder Projects

Library and Archives Canada(LAC) have placed online four pathfinder projects “ that seek  through practical projects, to validate the four guiding principles and the key roles of the Documentary Heritage Management Framework developed by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) during summer and fall 2009."

They are:
Canada's Military Documentary Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities
Long-Term Loans: A Client-Focused Collaborative Approach
Rethinking the Stewardship of Newspapers in a Digital Age
Exposing Union Catalogue Metadata Via Third Parties

I looked through the paper on Military Hertitage as that is where I have an interest. Frankly I am not encouraged by what I see. There is little or nothing there that relates to the online researcher or for that matter anyone from outside of the Ottawa area. I wonder if what they are proposing is to download their responsibilities onto others- local museums, libraries, etc.

The paper promises consultation; but given past experience with LAC I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

London, Ontario Celebrates Return Of 1st Battalion

From the “London Free Press, April 15, 1919”. The headline read’ “All Preparations Complete for Welcome of 1st Battalion”. The route of the march was Richmond St. to Dundas St. along Dundas to Adelaide St. to Rattle and then to the Heights.

“all bands in the city, including the G.W.V.A. band, the Kiltie Band, McClary’s Band, and the Salvation Army Band will be asked to help make everything joyful.
It is proposed to have the Boy Scouts , the cadets, and the Girl Guides stationed along the route of march.
                                                      View for the children
The civic authorities, in conjunction with the military authorities, will do everything in their power in order that the school children may get the best possible view of the parade.
Military and civil police will act jointly to keep the line of march clear.
Citizens living along  the line of march will be asked to decorate their houses , and those who loan their cars for the use of hospital men will be asked to decorate them.
At the Heights the men will be officially welcomed by Mayor C.R. Sommerville, the council, and representatives of various patriotic and religious organizations.
After this part of the program is concluded they will be dispersed at the dispersal station , after which they will be served with a meal. They will then be free to proceed to their homes.”