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REMEMBRANCE DAY 2017

Legacy at Victoria Hall as volunteers pitch in for Canada 150 project

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

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Patricia Commins, past president of the Victoria Hall Volunteers, unveils the group's Canada 150 Legacy Project - the restoration the First and Second World War memorials that hang on the north side of the Victoria Hall foyer.

Submitted Photo Patricia Commins, past president of the Victoria Hall Volunteers, unveils the group's Canada 150 Legacy Project - the restoration the First and Second World War memorials that hang on the north side of the Victoria Hall foyer.

COBOURG — As their Canada 150 Legacy Project, Victoria Hall Volunteers have preserved a piece of history that will be there for all to see when Canada celebrates its bicentennial in another century.

On Sept. 25, the group gathered at Victoria Hall for the unveiling of the refurbished First and Second World War memorial plaques on the north wall of the foyer, dedicated to Victoria Hall and the citizens of Cobourg.

The plaques hang on either side of the door that opens on to King Street, president Janette Johnston said.

Johnston recently shared details on how the project was chosen and carried out.

“A legacy is something that will be here to be enjoyed by future generations — the refurbished plaques are guaranteed for 50 years,” she said.

They are important historical documents, as they preserve the memory of those from the Cobourg area who participated in two world wars.

They are also valuable, as the artwork on them is the original work of Group of Seven member artist A.J. Casson.

The cost of the cost of the conservation of these documents was a gift of the Town of Cobourg, Johnston said. Victoria Hall Volunteers paid to have them framed in a proper archival manner, which involves precision work.

“The presentation of the documents in the frames is now more spacious,” she said.

“Low-reflection UV-protection glass was used. Archival quality matting and backing were used. Spacers were put in so that the glass does not touch the manuscripts or the mats. Selected custom 22K-gold gilded beveled walnut frames were selected for the framing.”

The results are beautiful, she declared, “an important attribute to the newly decorated Lenah Field Fisher Foyer.

“This is our Canada 150 Legacy gift to Victoria Hall and the people of Cobourg, beautifully preserving a memory of Cobourg and Canada’s history for those who will stand in Victoria Hall in the years to come.”

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