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Letter: New board takes reins of museum
Pictured clockwise from bottom left: Mona Babin (president), George Webber (vice-president), Ted Rumble (treasurer), Sarah Kaufman (managing director and curator), Alex Topps (secretary). SUPPLIED

Dear editor:

Curiosity got the better of me and I just had to know more about Niagara-on-the-Lake’s history.

So, four years ago, I went to the source and put my name in the hat to join the Niagara Historical Society’s board of directors. In October 2021, after serving four years as treasurer, I was nominated and elected by the members as the new president.

Better known as the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum, this historical not-for-profit organization holds a place of honour and pride in NOTL – and takes that role very seriously.

We have been the custodian for the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s collection for several years and, since 2019, have been the town historian for the archives. This means we conduct historical research when town staff request it and we store more than 50,000 items (including documents) in our museum.

The organization is built on solid governance, has a dedicated board of directors, involved volunteers and a staff that is second to none. If you have not yet had the opportunity, I encourage you to drop by for a visit. You will not be disappointed.

The new executive of the board got together recently to talk about priorities over the next year. We were well taken care of and had a delicious meal at the Gate House (shopping local is important.)

Over the next three years, my focus will be on leadership, volunteers and our expansion. If you want to get involved (for a day, a week, a month or a year), please reach out to Barbara Worthy, our visitor and member services assistant, at bworthy@nhsm.ca.

I look forward to meeting you at one of our many events and hope to see you at History in the Vineyard on Dec. 9.

You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @notlmuseum.

Mona Babin

President

Niagara Historical Society

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