Liz Golder/Wall Managing editor with other contributors
One complete set donated by Valerie Kohlsmith in 2013. Duplicate set donated by Sandra Stemp.
Scope and Content
Series consists of two complete sets (8 issues) of Your Neighbour in the Ottawa Valley. Each issue contains articles about people and business profiles for the Arnprior, McNab, Pakenham and surrounding area.
Vol. 1 No. 1 Winter 1998-1999 contains articles on Gloria Thomlison, Peter & Carol Neil, Patty & Jim Wilson, Farmer Brothers Shoe Store, The Late Murray Quattrocchi, Boyce Funeral Home, Barbara Grainger
Vol. 1 No. 2 Spring 1999 contains articles on Helen Smith of Smith's Corner, Russell Cowan, The Late John Malcom "Jack" Smith, Robertson's Furniture, Eileen Hunt of Pakenham, Marg Lamendeau, the Harbour Store, Kim Sauve, Janice Oaks, Gillian Danby, Arnprior Moving, Fulton's Pancake House
Vol. 1 No. 3 Summer 1999 contains articles on Chris and Maureen Spratt, Maureen Mooney, Donald C. Johnston, The ACE Tractor Team, Paul Ralph and Cedar Hill Berry Farm, Dairy Queen, Paul Perreault, Marianne's New Beginnings, the Hamlet of Waba, Ann Brisson
Vol. 1 No. 4 Fall 1999 contains articles on The Muldoon Family of West Carleton, Dale and Earle Campbell of Duntalich Farm in White Lake, Bob Eddie of McNab, Mel's House of Flowers, Ria Meloche in the Kitchen, Arnprior Decorators, Arnprior Curling Club, Nichole Gibeau, Ron and Eleanor Wallace of Galetta, The Awankan Rock (Burnstown), Joyce Loretta Potter
Vol. 2 No. 5 Winter 1999-2000 contains artilces on Allan Dickson of Kinburn, Gord McLellan (formerly of White Lake), Mather Insurance and Real Estate, Peg Whyte of Arnprior, Touring the Town of Almonte, Arnprior Chrysler, Rachel Barrie, J. J. Flowers and Crafts, Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program, Algonkin Valley, Richard John Gilman Bigelow
Vol. 2 No. 6 Spring 2000 contains articles on Athlete Charlie Ross of Fitzroy Harbour, Stan Morton of Almonte, Renfrew Inn, White Lake Woodshop, J. P. Mulvihill Insurance in Arnprior, Dr. Ben Hoffman in Georgia, Greg Skinner, Betty LeBlanc of Braeside, Family Flowers, Gerald Stewart Stokes
Vol. 2 No. 7 Summer 2000 contains articles on Walter Flegal and his bees, Howard Haramis, Almonte Textile Museum, Kim Darwin and Quilting, Pakenham General Store, Author Peter Hessel, Pilon Family Funeral Home, L'Arche Community, Ottawavalleyonline, Janet Sly, Wes's Chips
Vol. 2 No. 8 Fall 2000 contains articles on Four Generations of Scheels, Ian Edmonds (formerly of Renfrew), The Welcome Wagon, The Carp Ridge Community School, Bryan Snider, Sunset Farms of Prospect Village, Ann Young, The Prior Sports Bar, The Almonte Crazy Quilters, Bruce DiLabio of Carp, The Renfrew Camera Club with Bill Hammerich, Murray family of Sunset Farms,
56 cm of textual records, one 3.5” floppy disk, colour photos & negatives, two music CD's
History / Biography
The Ottawa Valley Music Festival (known as "The Valley Festival") was a non-profit, charitable corporation whose objectives were three-fold: to promote the appreciation of classical music by providing concerts throughout the Ottawa Valley, to assist promising musicians by providing them with the opportunity to perform in a professional setting, and to provide scholarships to students from the Ottawa Valley who wish to pursue a career in music or the arts. The Valley Festival was started in 1993 by three people: Kevin MacDonald (accountant and former mayor of Arnprior), Yvette MacDonald (wife of Kevin MacDonald), and Mervin Fick (the musical director of Valley Festival, originally from Eganville and now living in Toronto). The Festival was incorporated in 1995 and was organized and run by volunteers. It was dissolved in June 2019.
Donated by Linda Buttle (the Arnprior representative for the Valley Festival) Peter Hessel, former Board member responsible for Publicity, in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, Al Graham 2005 - 2007, Arthur Coles, 2008 and Eric Ridgen 2013.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of minutes of meetings, correspondence, financial documents, concert programs, press releases, press clippings and other publicity material and photos generated while carrying out the functions of the organization and relating to various aspects of the work of the Valley festival. The collection is organized into the following series: by-laws, meetings, programs, job descriptions, financial documents, scrapbook, Mount St. Patrick, Valley Festival Album, correspondence, publicity, music scholarship and recordings.
PROGRAMS. -- 1993-2013. -- 10 cm of textual records.
Organized chronologically, series contains concert programs from the different locations where the concerts were held, usually four times per year. Includes brochures 1994 - 2013 (with gaps) and information booklet on the Valley Festival.
RECORDINGS. --2002 & 2005. CD -- 1 cm
Valley Festival Chorus and Orchestra perform Haydn and Mozart (2002)
BY-LAWS. -- 1994; 1997; 1998. -- 0.1 cm of textual records.
Series contains a copy of the bylaws and proposed amendments thereto.
CHAIRPERSON'S FILE. -- 1997 - 2001. -- 2 cm of textual records
FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS. -- 1995-2003. -- 4 cm of textual records.
Organized chronologically, series contains statements of revenue and expenditures, statements of operations, and ticket sales reports.
Note: Original fiscal year (Jan 1 to Dec 31) changed in 1999 to Nov 1 to Oct 31.
JOB DESCRIPTIONS. -- 1993; 1995; 1997; 1999; 2000. -- 1 cm of textual records.
Series contains descriptions of various job positions: committee chairperson, correspondence co-ordinator, facilities or operations co-ordinator, treasurer, hospitality co-ordinator, publicity co-ordinator and ticket sales co-ordinator. Includes an undated set, probably 2002, titled "Operations Manual".
MEMBERSHIP LIST.-- 2001-- 1 cm of textual records. Restricted
MISC ADMINISTRATIVE FILE. 1995-2002. -- 1.0 cm of textual records.
Includes advertising, patron forms, committee reports, and other files regarding festival business. File also includes executive lists for various years.
MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP. -- June 1995-2001. -- .5 cm of textual records.
Series contains a description of the award, lists of award recipients and an application form.
ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION. -- 1999 - 2000. -- 0.5 cm of textual records
Series contains application form, grant information and correspondence.
PHOTOGRAPHS. -- 1995 - 1998. -- 0.5 cm negatives and colour photogaphs
Series contains negatives of Mount St. Patrick concert in 1995 (interior and exterior of church), group photograph at Pembroke 17 August 1996, group photo in Eganville 25 May 1997 and photographs at Mount St. Patrick July 1998.
SCRAPBOOK. -- 1993-1995. -- 0.5 cm of textual records and 7 colour photos.
Series contains press clippings from the Arnprior News, Arnprior Chronicle-Guide and the Renfrew Mercury, an invitation, and photos of the displays at Superior, the Arnprior Book Shop and the Arnprior Public Library, covering a period from October 23, 1993 to October 6, 1995.
TICKET INFORMATION. -- 1997, 1998, 2001. -- 0.5 textual records
Series contains summary information generated by a database.
VALLEY FESTIVAL ALBUM. 1993-1997. -- 4 cm of textual records; 7 colour photos.
Series contains a binder with an embroidered cover which contains press clippings, press releases, concert programs and photos of concert locales and of the choir. The binder was compiled by Marg Seidel.
CORRESPONDENCE. -- 1994-2005. -- 8 cm of textual records.
Organized chronologically from January 1994 to October 2005, series contains letters arising out of the business of planning and organizing the concerts (for example, some letters deal with inviting public figures to the concerts and others deal with advertising of events) and some deal with in-house business such as reimbursement of expenses and letters of resignation. Also included are lists of Board and committee members.
BRAINSTORMING SESSIONS. -- 1999 - 2000. --1 cm of textual records.
Series contains handwritten and typewritten notes and proposals. Some material is not dated.
MEETINGS: REPORTS & MINUTES. -- 1993-2019. -- 9 cm of textual records; Organized chronologically, series contains minutes, reports and agendas of the meetings of the executive committee and other committees from September 1, 1993 to November 4, 2004, and the final Annual General Meeting minutes of June 1, 2019 when the festival was dissolved.
PUBLICITY. -- 1993-2013. -- 10 cm of textual records, several posters and one 3.5” diskette.
Series contains press releases, minutes of meetings of the publicity committee, lists of activities of the Publicity Committee, newspaper clippings from the Pembroke Observer, the Eganville Leader, the Renfrew Mercury, the North Renfrew Times, the Ottawa Citizen and the Arnprior Chronicle, media contact lists, and copies of letters sent to media contacts and churches; series also contains a disk containing press releases, media contacts and signs generated by the Publicity Co-ordinator, Peter Hessel; there is also a printout of the file list. The disk covers a period from 1997 to 1998. Three large posters for Valley Festival performances 2004 & 2006 are stored in Map Cabinet # 1, Drawer 20
SCRAPBOOK - 1994-2002 - Binder from Arthur Coles containing programs, etc., and a photo of the chorus, 1997.
Membership lists are not available to anyone outside Ottawa Valley Music Festival Board
The Ottawa Valley Textile Association started in the 1940's and operated until 1996. The primary objectives were to further the knowledge and experience of its members through meetings and discussions. Membership in 1990 was 57 with Oliver Beacom acting as President. Owen Bird of Arnprior was President in the 1980's.
Donated by Heather Wheat in 2009
Scope and Content
Fonds includes Minutes, notices of upcoming meetings and tours to various textile facilities, financial records, correspondence of the Ottawa Valley Textile Association.
Please, keep items in the order in which they are listed below:
1. Pages from a photo album containing photographs and other material pertaining to research for and the writing of the book, “Destination: Ottawa Valley”, published by Runge Press, Ottawa, in 1984. The book deals with immigration of Germans to the Ottawa Valley before Confederation. Photocopy of a page from “Deutsche Post”, 1916.
2. Photocopy of a map (coloured by Peter Hessel), showing predominantly German townships of Renfrew County in the 1941 Census.
3. Photocopy of a map , showing percentage of German origins in the Town of Pembroke, based on the 1951 Census.
4. Printed form regarding the publication of the book, with overview, contents and order form.
5. Payment advice notices for grant money paid to Peter Hessel for research, from the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.
6. Four letters (1980-81) from the Multicultural History Society of Ontario to Peter Hessel regarding research and publication of the book.
7. Cancelled cheque and payment advice re $100 fee paid by Peter Hessel to Hans Teschke in Germany for the use of 4 photographs in the book.
8. Slip case with black and white negatives for illustrations used in the the book.
9. Slip case with 4 colour negatives for illustrations used in the the book (Pontiac County).
10. Clipping and photocopy, Eganville Leader, April 10, 1985, article and photo by Bernd Krueger, “Destination Ottawa Valley outlines German immigration”.
11. Photocopy of article with pictures from This Week in the Madawaska Valley, Barry’s Bay, January 23. 1985, “Book on German Immigrants”.
12. Photocopy of book review (with photo) from Ottawa Citizen, Feb. 2, 1985, by Christina Thiele, “German settlement part of Valley story”.
13. Photocopy of book review (in German) in Kanada Kurier, Winnipeg, Jan. 24, 1985, by Edith Kuntz. Photos.
14. Photocopy of book review (in English and French), “Ottawa Valley Germans” in Dialogue, Secretary of State, Ottawa, March 1985.
15. Pages from Cultures Canada, 1985, with review of the book in French and English.
16. Photocopy of review in the Pembroke Advertiser News, Jan. 16, 1985, “Destination: explores German settlement, by CB Pappin, with 2 photos.
17. Photocopy of article in Arnprior Guide, Jan. 9, 1985, “New Book on German Settlement in the Ottawa Valley, one photo.
18. Photocopy of article in Ottawa Citizen, April 19, 1985, by Burt Heward, re Citizen literary prize, for which Peter Hessel’s book was nominated. Sandra Gwyn’s book won the award. Also letter of congratulation attached.
19. Typewritten brief column regarding the book, from George Bonavia’s column, “From My Bookshelf”, March 1985.
20. Article (in German) in Kanada Kurier, Winnipeg, Feb. 7, 1985, by Edith Kuntz, regarding a book launch in Ottawa on January 19, 1985, organized by the Business and Professional Association.
21. Copy of article from the Canadian Dictionary of Biography about Philip Vankoughnet, also black and white studio photo. As Minister of Agriculture, he was responsible for immigration when the German and Kashub immigrants came to the Ottawa Valley.
22. Typescript of a speech by Peter Hessel at Earl of March High School on May 22, 1985, “Germans, one of Canada’s Founding Groups”.
23. Letter from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, and an attached negative review of Brenda Lee-Whiting’s book, “Harvest of Stones” with a positive reference to Peter Hessel’s book at the end.
24. Photocopy of book review by Peter Hessel of Brenda Lee-Whiting’s book, “Harvest of Stones, in Canadian Geographic, April/May, 1986.
25. Photocopy of photo of Peter Hessel with then Secretary of State for Multiculturalism, Jack B. Murta, who wrote the foreword in Peter’s book. 1984.
25. Photocopy of article (in German) about a tour of German settlements in the upoper Ottawa Valley, organized by the German Auxiliary Society in Ottawa, guided by Peter Hessel.
26. Photocopy of information about Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data (National Library) for the book.
27. Letter from Ric Swigger of Tara, Ontario, to Peter Hessel, dated June 20, 1995, re questions stemming from the book.
28. Envelope with negatives of photographs (H.T.s for illustrations) in the book.
A studio portrait of the Ottawa Valley Seed Fair. Caption on back reads "Almonte 1929. Back Row l to r. M. Blair, N.E. Lindsay, Renfrew, C. Sweet, Ottawa G.McGregor, Arnprior, J. Green, Arnprior, L. Johnton, Ottawa. Front Row l to r Hopkins Carp [?] (sec.-treas.), John Findley, Arnprior (Pres.) T.G. Raynor [?], Ottawa, (Hon.-Pres.), J.W. Mackay, Ottawa."
A letter in which Macnamara describes how rafting was done in the Ottawa Valley, mentioning that it was a different process than what was done in Delaware. He also thanked Professor Thompson for the copy of "Old Rafting Days on the Delaware" that he provided and mentioned some more of Thompson's radio addresses.
Use digital copy only. Archivist's permission required to access original.
About 8,000 families from northeast Germany (mostly from Prussia and Mecklenburg) emigrated to the Ottawa Valley between 1857 and the 1870s. Most of these people settled in the northwestern part of Renfrew County, but a significant number also settled in McNab Township and Arnprior, with particular concentrations in German Settlement (now called Clay Valley) and Mansfield.
Scope and Content
The file contains information relevant to genealogists researching their German roots. Some of the information is in German.
Much current information on this subject is available on the Internet, both in English and in German.
See also the books, “Destination: Ottawa Valley” by Peter Hessel and “Harvest of Stones” by Brenda Lee-Whiting.
See Also “Passenger Lists" from Germany” (1858-61) in a large box on shelf H1.5
Collection of 8 recordings of Ottawa Valley musicians playing traditional music featuring Mac Beattie, Reg Hill and the Ottawa Valley Melodiers. Titles include:
The Wilno Express - All Over the Tracks
Ottawa Valley Hoedown - Reg Hill
Ottawa Valley Hoedown #2 - Reg Hill
Mr. Ottawa Valley - Mac Beattie and the Ottawa Valley Melodiers
Reg Hill & the Ottawa Valley Melodiers - 14 Great Fiddle Favourites
Bonnie & Mac Beattie & the Ottawa Valley Melodiers
This Ottawa Valley of Mine - Mac Beattie & His Melodiers
A Visit to the Ottawa Valley with Mac Beattie and the Ottawa Valley Melodiers
In July 2014, donor brought in a milk jug from Rafter's Dairy of Arnprior which was photographed and returned. Rafter's Dairy was located just on the outskirts of Arnprior (Duncan Drive) and operated during the 1940's and 1950's before it merged with Merryside Dairy. See item level descriptions.
Reg Hill and Mac Beattie albums produced by Banff Records Ltd.
Recordings need to be transfered to Digital files for reference purposes
MAY NOT BE COPIED DUE TO COPYRIGHT
Doug Collins also donated three high school year books (1964, 1965, 1967) which were added to the year book collection held in the Arnprior District High School fonds.
Museum Collection also contains LP of Mr. Ottawa Valley Mac Beattie and the Ottawa Valley Melodiers F0.1