Founding member of Marsh Historical Collection bidding farewell

 

Jennifer MacLeod is leaving the Marsh Historical Collection after almost 20 years. The resource manaer helped found the local research centre in 1994. 

Jennifer MacLeod is leaving the Marsh Historical Collection after almost 20 years. The resource manaer helped found the local research centre in 1994.

By Ron Giofu

 

A founding member of the Marsh Historical Collection is saying farewell to Amherstburg not quite 20 years after the local historical research centre was established.

Jennifer MacLeod, resource manager at the Marsh Collection, helped found the Marsh Collection with Eleanor Warren in October 1994 at 235 Dalhousie St. They began with little more than an empty unit but built the historical research centre into a place where researchers came to find out about local and family histories.

Now, with an opportunity to move closer to her family, MacLeod has made what she said was a difficult decision and will be leaving Amherstburg. Her last day at the Marsh Historical Collection is Aug. 1. She said she has lived in Essex County for 22 years.

“It’s going to be pretty tough,” she admitted. “I will definitely miss my co-workers. I’ll miss the people that come in.”

MacLeod said she will miss doing research, comparing it to figuring out how to solve a puzzle.

The Marsh Collection has acquired many artifacts, photos and other items over the years and has “miles of microfilm” of the Amherstburg Echo, the newspaper that was published from 1874 through 2012 before being shut down by Sun Media. They are also attempting to digitize items for online access.

The biggest accomplishment, said MacLeod, was the Bicentennial books that commemorated the town’s 200th anniversary. She said it took four years to compile. Another accomplishment she said is the speed in which they are now able to find materials. MacLeod said they recently had a researcher “amazed” at how fast they were able to find materials the researcher was seeking.

“I’ll miss writing the newsletter,” she added. “That was a lot of fun.”

MacLeod added she was honoured to work with Amherstburg Museums and Galleries (AMG) and will miss working with them.

“All the sites have worked together for a long time and worked together very well,” she said. “I’ll miss being a part of the Amherstburg heritage community. I’ll miss Amherstburg. It’s a great town. It’s been a great place to raise kids.”
MacLeod said she plans to visit Amherstburg and stay in contact with friends she has made here over the last two decades. She is also still involved with organizing the annual murder mystery play with local author John Schlarbaum, this year’s version entitled “The Groom Wore Red.” That is scheduled for Sept. 13.

 

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