The Millet and District Historical Society turned 30 in 2007!

Below you will find comments given at the Dinner....


Speech to Millet and District Historical Society Awards Dinner

October 13, 2007

Michael Gourlie, Executive Director, Archives Society of Alberta

It gives me great pleasure to bring greetings on behalf of Alberta’s archival community to the Millet and District Historical Society on its thirtieth anniversary.

In many ways, Millet is a model of what the Archives Society of Alberta hopes that every community can achieve with its archives. The dedicated efforts of its staff and volunteers ensure that the archival program maintains the required, basic standards for preservation of and access to Millet’s documentary heritage. Their hard work now to preserve unique documents, photographs and other records will allow future generations to understand the origins, growth and direction of the community.

But the Millet archives goes beyond meeting basic requirements – it actively reaches out to and plays a role in the community it serves. Saving the records of the Town of Millet before they were destroyed with the old Town Hall is just one example of their community service. The archives also holds diverse records of individuals, families, churches, sport and social organizations that give Millet its unique character. For people in the community to know that records of their achievements are valued and have a permanent home, that knowledge provides a sense of satisfaction, comfort, and community pride.

The archives also reaches out through its website and by participating in province-wide Internet projects, including scanning its photographs (done by a volunteer in her eighties, no less), contributing descriptions to national online databases, and participating in the Archives Society’s annual virtual exhibit. If all our members were as active, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them.

In short, the archival program of the Millet and District Historical Society is a model for the rest of the province. I point this out to many communities thinking of establishing their own program, a fact that causes poor Tracey Leavitt no end of extra work (but she takes it with good humour). Thank you for the opportunity to sing the praises of one of Alberta’s best small archives. Good evening.