The Richmond County Historical Society invited the community into its new home on Saturday afternoon to share in a moment of local history. More than 80 people of all ages turned out to a garden party event at the former manse of St-Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Melbourne, during which visitors were invited to take a walk through the area’s past and consider getting involved in the society’s future.
“The idea of this event was really to help everyone in the community understand that this is their place,” said RCHS President Leo Gaudet. “The community bought this magnificent structure. It is the community that wants to preserve this piece of the town’s architectural heritage.”
While animating the events of the open-house, Gaudet put a heavy emphasis on attracting involvement in the society from the broader community. He explained that the RCHS feels extremely supported by its surrounding communities and municipalities, but added that there is always room for diverse voices of all ages on the society’s board of directors.
Norma Husk, First Vice-President of the RCHS, lent emphasis to Gaudet’s call for involvement by pointing out that for all the energy and vitality that the society has, only two board members are under retirement age.
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