On Thursday March 21, approximately 125 people gathered at the Sandfield Centre at Island Park in Alexandria to purchase their copy of the town’s 200th anniversary commemorative book.
The informal evening allowed residents and dignitaries to mingle while enjoying wine and cheese supplied and sponsored by various local businesses. It was during the committee’s first meeting that President Michelle Daprato shared the idea to create a book that would revisit and honour the town’s rich history. “It was a lot of work”, said President Michelle Daprato, “but once we started, we just had to bring the project to completion. Although we started gathering pictures about 20 months ago, the bulk of the work took us just over a year.”
Each contributor volunteered countless hours and selflessly gave their heart and soul into creating this pièce de résistance. “Never before has the history of Alexandria been officially chronicled”, said committee member Jean-Claude Larocque. “The pictorial timeline which dates back to the 1890’s will serve as a wonderful gift and reference to future generations,” said Larocque.
The entirely bilingual publication was compiled by the following people: President Michelle Daprato, French translations by Nadine Théorêt, English translations by Richard Mahoney, Archives by Allan MacDonald, French captions and research by Jean-Claude Larocque, English captions and research by Dane Lanken, Photography and graphic design by Anick Bauer.
The book is available for purchase at Les papiers Left & Write Paperie located at 8 Main St N, Alexandria for $40. It will also be sold at the Alexandria 200 BBQ Celebration, to be held June 29th at the Glengarry Sports Palace.
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