Genealogy group eyeing new home in library basement

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La Généalogie et archives Saint-Laurent

A local genealogy group is eyeing a new home in the basement of the Cornwall Public Library.

Monday night city councillors agreed to free up $4,500 in the 2013 budget to hire an architectural consultant to provide a cost estimate associated with the reconstruction of the basement space to be used by La Généalogie et archives Saint-Laurent (GASL).

Last month a delegation from GASL requested council to lease 3,000 square feet of space in the basement of the library to store archival materials for a period of not less than five years.

GASL has the largest genealogical archive of its kind in eastern Ontario consisting of 15,000 books, microfilms and microfiche.

“This is a very competent local agency and they have a bit of a crisis situation with regard to their (home), but they are approaching it with a solid plan,” said Coun. Bernadette Clement. “It’s something we should support in terms of respecting an agency that highlights the history of the people in this community.”

GASL have been served notice that they must vacate their current location at the former Holy Cross School on Anthony Street by August.

While council voiced solid support for retaining an architect and exploring the idea of housing the archives at the library, GASL is still working to secure a grant that will cover lease payments.

“The final cost still has to be determined, and what that funding arrangement will be,” said Mayor Bob Kilger.

Organizations: Cornwall Public Library, Holy Cross School

Geographic location: Eastern Ontario, Anthony Street

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