Today, City Council, staff, volunteers and members of the public celebrated the grand opening of the new Wasaga Beach Archives.
Located at 140 Main Street in a commercial building purchased by the city, the space houses more than a dozen exhibits on the history of Wasaga Beach.
“We are delighted to open this new facility to the public. It’s important that we have a space like this to tell the stories of our community,” said Mayor Nina Bifolchi. “On behalf of the board, I thank our staff and volunteers for helping to make today possible and we acknowledge the many people who have donated important items to the archives.”
For several years, the archives operated in a small room in the Wasaga Beach Public Library. The new 2,250 square foot house allows the city to better display artifacts. Through exhibits at the archives, the city aims to build community pride, one of the council’s priorities this term.
“Each exhibit tells an important part of our heritage,” said Mary Watson, city archivist. “Learning about the collection is a great way to better understand Wasaga Beach.”
Darlene Martin, Archives Coordinator, encourages residents and visitors to explore the archives.
“Wasaga Beach has a rich history and now we can better share it with people. We have a huge collection of photographs, memorabilia and much more, including a cannonball from the War of 1812. Please feel free to visit,” she said.
The archives are open Monday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.