Work preserving Cochrane’s history continues at the public library, even during the state of emergency that keeps you out of the building.

Archivist Ardis Proulx-Chedore has conducted an online tour of the archives department, in the library’s basement.

“Because we do not have a historical society anymore or a genealogy group,” she explains, “we have myself, as a staff member, to come down here and work, make sure that we’re preserving the history for future generations because otherwise things just get lost, we forget who we are and this is something really, really important, right?”

Among the thousands of artifacts are every issue every printed of the Northland Post, the Cochrane Times and the Times-Post.

WHAT’S A PHONE BOOK?

Start talking about phone books, and see how long it takes your kids to ask you what the heck you’re talking about.

In its archives department, the library has a large collection of Cochrane telephone directories through the years.

Archivist Ardis Proulx-Chedore says they’re a handy resource for anyone researching the history of the town and its people.

“If you want to find out where someone lived at some time; if you want to find out different information about what their address might be, contact details, you’re able to do that by telephone directories.”

The library is closed until at least April 6th because of the coronavirus.  Once it’s back to normal, members can check out the archives on Fridays between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.

From the archives: Several school yearbooks are available to peruse at Cochrane Public Library.
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