So many resources! Please let the library know if we’ve missed a source.
Located in Perth ON, the Archives are open only by appointment – click here to get contact information and many more details. Archive holdings include land registry books, cemetery transcripts, census records, books and family histories, voters’ lists, pictorial histories and more.
Almonte Gazette Archive
A searchable archive of the Almonte Gazette is available online courtesy of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, located in Almonte (Mississippi Mills). This invaluable resource was digitized in 2012, creating an archive of searchable content online. The archive spans hundreds of years of the Almonte Gazette: 1861 through 2007.
Memories of ’42 – stories of the Almonte train wreck – virtual exhibit
The North Lanark Regional Museum, in Appleton (Mississippi Mills) in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada is pleased to offer this virtual exhibit. Access Memories of ’42 here. This exhibit includes audio files, visual images and stories/quotes. This event was one of the worst accidents in Canadian Railway history.
The Mills of Appleton – virtual exhibit
The North Lanark Regional Museum, in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada is pleased to offer this virtual exhibit. Access The Mills of Appleton here. This exhibit is a series of 150+ visual slides with descriptions.
1894 Almonte Fair
Almonte Historic Photo Archive
Over 700 historic photos of Almonte and area sites, buildings, people, events. These wonderful photographs were collected by local resident, Michael Dunn, and are all available online thanks to Brent Eades / almonte.com
The Museums of Mississippi Mills
The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum – Located in the annex of the former Rosamond Wollen Company in Almonte, Ontario. Constructed in 1867, this National Historic Site of Canada now features a blend of the old and new, all related to the history of the Mississippi Valley and the textile industry.
The North Lanark Regional Museum (Appleton Museum) – The museum collects, preserves and celebrates local history and culture. Explore the Museum’s unique collection, discover local history in the research library, and tour a pioneer log cabin.
Restored grist mill, Mill of Kintail
Dr. James Naismith Museum and The R. Tait McKenzie Museum – Located at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area, learn about the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith. The museum contains pictures and artifacts from Naismith’s past. Robert Tait McKenzie was one of Canada’s best known artists of his time and is a recognized National Historic Figure. His life achievements are celebrated in the grist mill he restored on the grounds of the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area. Both men were born and raised in Mississippi Mills (Almonte & Ramsay).
Mississippi Mills municipal website – explore our history page
This site includes information on the area’s historic features and monuments as well as four heritage walking tours in Mississippi Mills. Explore it all, click here. And for Mississippi Mills community profile, demographics and statistical information, click here.
The Dictionary of Canadian Biography / Dictionnaire biographique du Canada
Browse this awesome resource! To view the 100 biographies most frequently read in English or in French, click on the language of your choice.
The entry for Dr. James Naismith and for R. Tait McKenzie have both been recently updated. Enjoy!
The Canadian Encyclopedia
The Canadian Encyclopedia is a fact checked information source published by Historica Canada. Over 14,000 articles are available to search on numerous subjects including history, popular culture, events, people, places, politics, arts, First Nations, sports and science. Articles are published in both French and English.
Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters
This digital collection of primary source documents helps us to understand existence on the edges of the anglophone world from 1650-1920. Discover the various European and colonial frontier regions of North America, Africa and Australasia through documents that reveal the lives of settlers and indigenous peoples in these areas.