Lac-Mégantic’s Library and History Loss

One very sad event. http://www.cbc.ca/quebecam/lac-megantic/2013/07/11/lac-megantics-history-rewritten/ [cid:image002.png@01CFC9C3.BC3CA350] (there is an audio link listen) Very moving at about 1minute in… http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/Quebec%2BAM/ID/2396363910/ [cid:image001.png@01CFC9C6.6A5C3890][cid:image005.jpg@01CFC9C7.014C3480] http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/07/08/lacmgantic_casualties_include_quebec_towns_history.html “…Roy fought back tears as she described the archives that had been housed at the library: baptism records that came over with colonists from France in the 17th century, local politicians’ correspondence, and documents related to the various social clubs in town….” “For the longest time, I kept at my home letters my uncle had written to my grandmother when he was a prisoner of war during World War II,” said Roy, 65, her voice breaking. “But then, just recently, I brought them to the library so my uncle’s grandchildren would be able to view them whenever they wished. I was actually scared they might get destroyed in a fire if I kept them in my house.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/irreplaceable-archives-lost-among-lac-m%C3%A9gantic-destruction-1.1363083 “…Lac-Mégantic’s only library lost a one-of-a-kind trove, which included original local artwork, heirlooms donated by families, the oldest-known photos of the town and the negatives…” http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/07/industry-news/fire-destroys-canadian-library-archive/ – _ “…Lac-Mégantic’s only library lost a one-of-a-kind trove, which included original local artwork, heirlooms donated by families, the oldest-known photos of the town and the negatives….” “….I think this is the first time that a library with this kind of archival collection has been destroyed.” The extent of the loss may be literally incalculable:…”

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