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Behind the Curtain of Local History: A Guided Tour of the City of Cambridge Archives

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  • Pitcure of the Old Town Hall in downtown Galt

Laura, Old Post Office | October 27, 2020

The City of Cambridge Archives is full of historic treasures. With over 63, 000 individual items and 125 specialized collections, the Archives has paper records from the former cities of Galt, Preston, and Hespeler and includes vital records, historical maps, and more. This local history repository is housed in Historic City Hall, originally constructed in 1858.

Whether you are uncovering the history of your house or researching your family tree, the City of Cambridge Archives has many resources available.

Before you embark on your own hunt for local history treasures, join Dan Schmalz as he gives you a guided behind the scenes tour of the City of Cambridge Archives. Learn about the history of our community along with some of the thousands of resources available to the public. Dan will show the public photos, maps, and one of a kind historical documents, some that date back until the late 1700’s.

Dan Schmalz is the City of Cambridge's Information and Archives Analyst. Among his responsibilities is being the caretaker of the City of Cambridge Archives. This involves cataloguing and preserving vital records of the City of Cambridge, it's predecessor communities of Galt, Preston, Hespeler and Blair as well as its local history collection. He is an avid history buff, born and raised in Cambridge and loves to share his passion for local history as well as the knowledge and resources of the Archives.

Behind the Curtain of Local History: A Guided Tour of the City of Cambridge Archives