This week was volunteer appreciation week. Museum Strathroy-Caradoc has a number of dedicated volunteers working with the collection and below are their stories.
I started volunteering to work at the Strathroy Museum in September of 2014. As of March 31, 2016 I have 326 hours of community service. My work involves taking pictures of items and logging them into the computer (into PastPerfect) with a brief description of each item. I currently work Tuesday and Thursday afternoon each week. As I did not grow up in the area I find it interesting to learn more about the history of Strathroy Caradoc.
The RS Williams glass negative collection covers the years of approximately 1901-1905 and were discovered above Bosson’s Pharmacy. As a recent retiree, I have been cleaning, identifying, recording and digitizing the negatives two mornings a week since October 2015. The tasks give me an insight into the names, clothes and customs of one hundred years ago. I have been fortunate to see the original glass negative of a picture of my maternal grandmother and her sisters from 1901. Preserving the Collection and assisting the Museum Strathroy-Caradoc is an excellent volunteer opportunity
Each week I scan the old Age Dispatch negatives into PastPerfect (the museum database). I then transcribe the captions from the actual hard copy of the newspapers into the database and create search terms and key words that will aid future researchers. So far I have completed the newspapers from March and part of April of 1984 and will start on May very soon.
Below are some of the items that George, Paul and John have been working on