Brock celebrates historic local archives donation

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Brock celebrates historic local archives donation

Published on April 09 2013

Today, Brock University and FortisOntario Inc. (formerly the Canadian Niagara Power Company Ltd.) celebrated an historic archives donation to the school that will keep a significant piece of Niagara’s cultural heritage in our region.

Working together, FortisOntario and Brock had a collection of the Canadian Niagara Power (CNP) Company’s early records certified as being of “outstanding and national importance” to Canada by the Moveable Cultural Property Review Board in Ottawa.

The collection, valued at more than $650,000, includes correspondence, design and operation records; photographs and field notebooks; and more than 1,000 maps, sketches, blueprints and plans.

The donation has been earmarked as a gift to the Campaign for a Bold New Brock.

“Such a collection of records could easily have ended up in an archive in Ottawa,” said Jack Lightstone, President of Brock University.

“This Niagara collection is staying here in Niagara because the people of FortisOntario determined that this is where it belongs, and they collaborated with Brock to make it possible,” he said. “They also agreed to make this collection a gift to the Campaign for a Bold New Brock, a gift not just to Brock, but to the entire Niagara community.”

FortisOntario has sent more modern CNP records to Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa, but wanted these early records to stay in Niagara.

“Canadian Niagara Power has a long and proud history of providing electricity to communities in the Niagara region for over 100 years,” said Bill Daley, President and CEO of FortisOntario. “We are delighted to donate this historic material to Brock University’s exceptional archive facility, and thereby ensuring that this one-of-a-kind collection will be available to the entire Niagara community for decades to come.”