Sechelt’s Council will be asked to support efforts to find a new home for the Sechelt Archives at its November 20 th meeting. It will also be considering a temporary move of at least part of that collection from Sechelt Library to Rockwood Lodge in early 2020.
On November 13, Sechelt’s Committee of the Whole recommended that $1350 to pay for the temporary move be part of 2020 budget deliberations. Recommendations will also go to Council for staff to discuss longer term locations for the collection with commercial landlords, developers making community
amenity contributions and local educational or cultural institutions.
The Sechelt Library asked the municipality to relocate the collection by March 2020, as the current archives space is needed for Library staff.
The Archives was created in 1996, when local resident D. W. ‘Billie’ Steele donated the contents of a collection of historic documents assembled by her sister, Helen Dawe, to Sechelt. That donation also included $25,000 to catalogue the collection. At Council’s request, the Library Association took on the role of custodian of the material. When the archives opened to the public in 1997, it was housed in the Library’s expanded location on Cowrie Street and has remained there since.
In the twenty-three years that followed, the size of the archives collection has tripled. Materials from over one hundred individual and twenty-five organizations have been donated.
“We have a resource and we need to find a space for our materials going forward,” said Mayor and Committee member Darnelda Siegers.