The Guelph Public Library (GPL) along with local author David J. Knight have partnered to embark on a $13,900 fundraising campaign to help preserve Guelph’s rich heritage with the purchase of a new ViewScan III microfilm scanner reader. This easy to use, world-class piece of archival equipment will turn local history into a more dynamic, accessible, and user friendly resource for researchers of all ages by helping to uncover, save, and preserve the lost past.
Historian and local author David J. Knight is thrilled to be part of the campaign and shares, “Fundraising for a new microfilm scanner reinforces the mandate of the public library to facilitate the accessibility and encouragement of professional and independent researchers – and any member of the public – to explore and investigate the available primary sources of Guelph’s history. The archival research that is at the heart of my latest book, Guelph Versifiers of the 19th Century (Vocamus Editions 2014) would not have been possible without the openness of the Guelph Public Library and the expertise of its staff. To me, fundraising for this project is a demonstration of commitment to ensuring Guelph memories are saved for present and future generations. Lest we forget.”
The ViewScan III microfilm reader scanner fundraising effort will launch at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 25 at the Main Library’s (100 Norfolk Street) “History Lives Here: Guelph Poets of the 19th Century” book talk with David J. Knight. To make a donation to this local history preservation campaign, visit any GPL location or donate online via Canada Helps. The GPL appreciates the support of its community and looks forward to continuing to protect Guelph’s heritage!
For more information or to make a donation
Contact Kirsten Bester, Fund Development Officer
519-824-6220 extension 302