June 16, 1959 – Filmed as wind-whipped flames snarled and crackled through the little village of Lanark, near Ottawa, Canada, gutting the main part of the business section, demolishing a score of homes, and burning down the town hall.
The disappointing news: the owner of the Kitten Mill responded to our offer by simply saying he doesn’t want to sell. That wasn’t altogether a surprise, as he’d said that before; nevertheless, it was a disappointment. We would have liked to know what his reasons were so we could reframe and re-submit our proposal.
The good news: We had a Zoom meeting (with Michael Rikley-Lancaster, curator of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum) to plan for next steps. Here’s what we decided:
Despite the disappointment of seeing the continued erosion of the roof this December, we have a number of positive news items to report!
First, and most importantly, after working with a lawyer over the past few weeks, an official offer to purchase has been submitted to the owner.
Michael Rikley-Lancaster, the Curator of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, arranged a couple of very helpful Zoom meetings about the Kitten Mill on Thursday, December 2.
Ontario Historical Society
Michael and I spoke with Rob Leverty of the Ontario Historical Society (OHS) about the process of incorporating the Lanark Heritage Preservation Board (we’ve already reserved the name, a necessary first step). The OHS can guide us through incorporating the Society, including development of the required constitution and by-laws (if you don’t get them right, tedious delays result, and the OHS has helped multiple Ontario organizations through the process).
First, some really good news!
On Tuesday (November 23) Linda and Susan met with Michael Rikely-Lancaster, the curator of the Almonte Textile Museum. Many of you will know that he was instrumental in making the Museum into a major social and economic force in Almonte.