The recipients of the 2015 grants from the Terry Reksten Memorial Fund have been selected! This year the Salt Spring Island Historical Society (SSIHS) and the Western Front Media Archive were chosen to receive this annual award. Each organization will receive $1000 to assist with their projects.
The SSIHS, in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Salt Spring Elementary School, will use the grant to preserve and document the early history of the school district #64 (Gulf Islands). They will create an oral history by interviewing former and current students and teachers. As well, photographs associated with SSI elementary school, staff, students and community members will be digitized. The results of the project will be added to their archives and be presented on their website: saltspringarchives.com.
The Western Front Media Archives represents a small arts community active in Vancouver for over 40 years. They will use the grant to improve the organization and storage conditions of the textual records dating from the 1970s and 1980s. They will re-house artist files, posters and ephemera, which include key records like contracts, correspondence and publicity materials. A staff member will create an inventory list of the contents of the boxes while they are being re-housed. The Western Front Media Archives can be browsed at front.bc.ca
– The 2015 Reksten Fund Committee: Don Reksten, Deidre Simmons, Ryan Gallagher (AABC).