Just the other day, dear readers, I was telling you about something unfortunate that is happening in the very pretty and very historic nearby village of Marmora – to wit, the planned closure (unless the TD Canada Trust powers that be come to their senses) of Marmora’s only bank. But tonight I want to tell you a gazillion-times happier Marmora story, a real success story. It is about a new and stunningly great website, marmorahistory.ca (find it right here) put together by the Marmora Historical Foundation. Click on it and you’ll start by seeing some great photos like the one at the top of the post; to whet your appetite, here are a few more:
I learned about the project to build the website thanks to an article in a recent issue of the Central Hastings News. You can read the full article here, and so I won’t repeat all the details, but in essence it’s the story of a group of dedicated community people who have harnessed technology to make a community’s archives and history accessible to everyone. (I would also like to note out that one of the people who’s been a driving force behind the project is a Queensborough cottager, so there’s a connection to my little hamlet too.)
The website is just amazing, especially for such a small enterprise. It is extremely well-designed, the text is well-written, and it’s just packed with great photos and interesting tidbits. A very brief browse this evening tempted me with links to: a tour of the old schools of the villages of Marmora and Deloro; the 1955 Marmora bank robbery; the story of a 1940s Marmora milliner named Violet Deacon (complete with photos of some of the great hats she created); information on the image of the miners used in the foundation’s logo – very interestingly, it comes from a sketch done by none other than Susanna Moodie, one of the all-time most important chroniclers of pioneer days in Hastings County and area; and speaking of miners, of course there is the story of the great Marmoraton iron mine. And that’s just a tiny sampling of all that you can find. Oh yes, and there’s also a place where you can buy gorgeous vintage Christmas cards. And an introduction to Archives the cat, who is your host on the site.
Really, this project is absolutely wonderful. It is an inspiration for every group interested in preserving and sharing local history. Huge congratulations to the Marmora Historical Foundation, and – I look forward to spending a lot of time with Archives, as he guides me through the wonderful stories of Marmora!