ACO Historical Plaques Reach 200
The ACO Stratford-Perth Archives has reached 200 plaques and more applications have arrived at ACO in the last two weeks.
We have three more volunteers who will be taking an orientation tour of the archives to help with research this year. Research for each plaque takes between 20 and 50 hours.
To those who have been researchers for the program from the beginning; thank you!
Historical Plaque Program
The historical plaque program launched in February 2012 is sponsored by the Stratford-Perth County Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. It helps citizens and tourists connect with the history of the community by identifying with a plaque residential, commercial and other properties built pre-World War II. The program has been well received by residents and visitors.
Each plaque records the date the structure was built and the name and occupation of the first resident. Plaques are located in an appropriate and clearly visible place on the façade of the building. ‘The Stratford-Perth County Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario’ is identified on each plaque.
The Stratford-Perth County Branch researches the history of the property through the Stratford-Perth County Archives and other sources to determine the date of construction and the name and occupation of the first resident. The details of the researched information accompanies each plaque presented to the current owners of the property. The Branch is the sole source for all plaques in order to maintain consistency in design, materials and recorded information.
The plaque program does not involve heritage designation of the property under the Ontario Heritage Act. Owners in the City of Stratford who wish to proceed with such designation should contact Heritage Stratford and the City of Stratford. Residents of other communities in Perth County should contact their municipal office regarding heritage designation.
Historical Plaque Application Form
An interesting podcast about our program
For further information contact:
Stratford-Perth County Branch ACO
356 Ontario Street