The District of Sechelt has entered into a 5-year lease agreement with Trail Bay Properties Ltd. to provide a new home for the Sechelt Community Archives at the Trail Bay Centre. The Archives are currently housed in a room of the Sechelt Public Library, but after operating there for nearly 25 years, the collection has outgrown the space available.
“We are really excited about this new space we have secured for the Community Archives,” said Siobhan Smith, arts, culture and communications coordinator for the District of Sechelt, “it is nearly double the square footage of the former space in the Library, and it is located inside a central and accessible building.” For Dick Clayton, CEO of Trail Bay Properties Ltd., finding a space for the Archives was an extension of the Clayton family’s commitment to preserving local history. “The Archives are an important cultural resource for Sechelt,” said Mr. Clayton. “My family has a long history here in Sechelt, and we are pleased to have the Archives in the Trail Bay Centre.”
The Sechelt Community Archives are a publicly-owned collection of historic documents and other materials dating back to the 1870s. Donated to the District of Sechelt in 1996, the collection is primarily focused on the settler histories of Sechelt and contains a variety of documents and artifacts including photographs, letters, interviews, and newspapers. The Archives are currently closed to prepare for the move. Starting March 5th, the public can visit the Archives at their new location, #206 – 5760 Teredo St. (above RBC Royal Bank), on Thursdays between 10am – 5pm. For more information about the Sechelt Community Archives, visit their website archives.sechelt.ca or contact the Archivist, Ann Watson, at email@example.com