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TVA offering workshops on archives, preservation

Do you have a burning desire to find out when your house was built?

Are you curious about who owned your home before you or what was on the land a century ago or maybe you have family photos, maps or documents which you would like to preserve more carefully?

Two events taking place at Trent Valley Archives (TVA) during Archives Week, April 6-12 will help you answer these questions.

Archives Awareness Week was formally proclaimed in 2003 by the Ontario Government to celebrate Ontario’s rich and colourful recorded history.

By acquiring, preserving and making available documentary materials from all aspects of society, archives promote the heritage of Ontario and safeguard the collective memory and rights of its citizens.

On Wednesday, April 9, 1-4 p.m., Trent Valley Archives presents ‘This Old House – How to Use Archives in Your Research’ with TVA staff and historian Dr. Elwood Jones.

The premise is that people will explore their questions related to history, genealogy and houses by becoming comfortable with how archives work.

The workshop will focus on those resources that are most helpful in learning about old houses. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members; reservations are required.

On Saturday, April 12, 1-4 p.m., Trent Valley Archives will host its second annual ‘Archives in Your Attic’ event. The focus this year will be on old maps and photos.

This is a great opportunity to receive expert advice on how to preserve and appreciate these cherished items. Preservation materials will be available for sale. This event is free but reservations are required.

Trent Valley Archives is located at 567 Carnegie Ave., corner of Carnegie and Woodland. More information about the Archives is available at

To register for each of these events, please contact Heather at 705-745-4404 or

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