Archives to reopen following January flood - Community invited to 'Doors open' event - tours, exhibits and more

Cobourg, ON—May 12, 2014 – The Northumberland County Archives will officially reopen on June 2, after a flood at the Cobourg Public Library where the Archives are located prompted closure in January. The full range of archival services will be available as of this date, including tours and educational programs, access to the collection and research assistance, digitization and photocopying, and professional advice on care of historic documents and artifacts.

"We have been very active the last few months promoting the services and collections that are available to the public, and we are looking forward to welcoming the community back to our facilities on June 2," stated Northumberland County Records Manager & Archivist Emily Cartlidge. "Thankfully, no damage was sustained by any of the archival materials during the flood. We are back to business-as-usual as of June."

This reopening comes just in time for the Archives to be featured on June 7 as part of the two-day, County-wide ‘Doors Open Northumberland’ event. Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Archives’ storage and conservation facilities, learn about items currently on display from the 18th to 21st centuries, and obtain advice on how to care for personal collections.

"The ‘Doors Open’ event is a perfect way to kick-off what we anticipate will be a busy summer season," indicated Ms. Cartlidge. "We have so much local history to preserve and showcase. We invite the community to visit us, to learn more about how we are ensuring a future for our collective past."

The Archives welcomes volunteer support from students and other community members with an interest. Volunteer opportunities range from preservation work, to exhibit design and educational program development, to providing research support. For more information, contact Emily Cartlidge at 905-372-0677.

For more information about Doors Open Northumberland, visit: www.northumberlandtourism.com/doorsopen.

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