Sunday, 20 December 2015

The Brothers of the Wind Documentary Heritage Project

Another initiative that received funding from the Documentary Heritage Communities Program is The Brothers of the Wind Documentary Heritage Project, a new undertaking of the Naismith Basketball Foundation at the R. Tait. McKenzie Memorial Museum and the Naismith Museum housed at the Mill of Kintail near Almonte. Brothers of the Wind was a moniker used by Naismith and McKenzie and is well liked by staff and volunteers at the Mill.

The project is in two distinct parts. The first  part will upgrade the archive to maximize the shared space. There will be upgraded shelving and new storage for film and audio recordings. Cleared space will create room for the increased number of researchers experienced in the last two years.

The second part will is upgrade digitizing technology/equipment including purchasing large format scanners, photography equipment, and more. With this new technology the facility will become available to other small museums, archives, and historical societies in the area, and perhaps later to individuals, creating a community to share the expertise and strengths of users. The Brothers of the Wind Research Centre will be staffed by a full-time employee to help digitize the collections

Tara Dawe, the Collections Coordinator / Research Centre Manager, commented that they are "proud and excited to be given this opportunity and the funding by Libraries and Archives Canada and the Government of Canada. The whole DHCP project is a blessing to small museums and archives across Canada and we hope to share these good graces with our surrounding community."

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