Rodney Legion Closed but Not Forgotten Through Donation to Museum and Archives
July 12, 2022
For Immediate Release
Central Elgin, ON – Earlier this month, the Elgin County Archives gratefully received a donation of $10,000, as well as various artifacts and records, from Wendy Phillips, Secretary/Treasurer of the Rodney Legion, Branch 525.
On March 2021, the Rodney Legion, Branch 525, permanently closed its doors. Upon its closure, Ms. Phillips donated various records from the Legion to the Elgin County Archives and the Elgin County Museum. These records consisted of military honour rolls/scrolls, a badge collection, photographs, artifacts including helmets, uniforms, gas masks, as well as various poems and magazines. These artifacts and records were once on display for patrons of the Legion to peruse.
“This donation of artifacts, documents and photographs, as well as the substantial financial donation, will help to ensure that Elgin’s records are properly preserved for current and future generations,” said Elgin County Warden Mary French. “A heart felt thank you goes out to the Rodney Legion for their generosity and support in maintaining Elgin’s rich history.”
Over the past several months, Elgin County Museum staff have worked diligently to process these artifacts. In the coming months, staff from the Elgin County Archives will begin to process all of this collection’s paper documents and photographs. The public can view all processed records on the Elgin County Archives website, found here.
For additional information, please contact:
Warden Mary French
Director of Community and Cultural Services