The impetus to form a local historical organization came when a few people with an interest in preserving the history of Carleton Place and Beckwith Township advertised a public meeting in November 1980 for the purpose of garnering support. The meeting attracted enough people to initiate the undertaking of The Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Society. The Society, a non-profit organization, was incorporated as an affiliate member of the Ontario Historical Society.
Purpose of the Society:
To bring together those people interested in the diverse historical heritage of the Town of Carleton Place and the Township of Beckwith to research, codify, retain, preserve and present historical data pertaining to the region.
Specific Aims and Objectives:
- To undertake and promote historical research within Carleton Place and Beckwith.
- To disseminate historical information, to arouse interest in the past, and to encourage the preservation of the historical archaeological and architectural heritage of Carleton Place and Beckwith by publishing material; by holding public meetings, lectures and exhibitions and by undertaking information sharing, publicity and public information programmes.
- To discover and collect any material about the history of Carleton Place and Beckwith and to provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as is feasible, to all those who may wish to study or examine it.
- To operate a museum for the display of historical materials and for the promotion of knowledge about the history of Carleton Place and Beckwith.
- To enter into any arrangement or arrangements which may be conducive to the Society’s aims and objectives with persons, organizations, corporations or local, provincial or national governments
The Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Society is managed by an Executive, duly elected at an annual meeting, and consisting of a President, one or more Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary and Museum Manager. The President and Secretary are elected in a year different from the other Officers. All officers are elected for two-year terms and may not serve for more than two consecutive terms in any one position. Some affairs of the Society are undertaken by committees. The Museum Committee, established under By-Law No. 4 of the Constitution as a standing committee, operates and promotes the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum.
Board of Directors 2021:
President: Robert Probert
Vice President: Ryan Goode
Treasurer: Julie Sadler
Secretary: Elizabeth Smith
Carleton Place Council Representative: Sean Redmond
Beckwith Township Council Representative: Tim Campbell
If you would like to become a member of the Historical Society, please download or print this form and submit., click here.