Elgin County, June 13th, 2019 - The Elgin County Archives has received the Archives
Association of Ontario's Institutional Award which is given to an archival institution
in Ontario that has contributed significantly to the advancement of the archival
field or community, or has demonstrated a significant level of innovation and imagination
in the establishment of outstanding or model programs or services.
The award recognizes the archives' innovation in launching Time Travel with Elgin
County Archives, a program that uses green screen technology to photograph participants
and superimpose them into historic photographs, thereby making it appear as if they
are traveling back in time. The program began in September 2017 and in the first
year attracted nearly 700 participants.
This is the second time that the archives has been so recognized by the association,
the first being in 2007 in recognition for the archives' Tweedsmuir History digitization
project which was completed in partnership with Women's Institutes branches in the
"Receiving this award for the second time is a major accomplishment when you consider
that the association has over 300 institutional members" states Elgin County Warden
Duncan McPhail. "Elgin County Archives is one of only three institutions in Ontario
to receive this award twice. County Council is very proud of the archives, and in
particular the work of Gina Dewaele and Amber Mandich, who led this innovative program".
The full citation for the award can be viewed at https://aao-archivists.ca/News/7368158.
Further information about the archives is available at www.elgin.ca/archives.