The NRC was established in 2014 as a centennial project to commemorate the start of the First World War. Its volunteer members represent local service organizations such as Rotary, Lions and the Royal Canadian Legion. The Norfolk County Public Library, Simcoe Branch has been involved since its inception with staff facilitating the Norfolk Remembers The Great War book launch during the summer of 2014. The Simcoe Branch has now become home to a special archives room set-up to record and store Norfolk’s military history.
One of the driving forces behind this committee is historian and author Grant Smith. Grant spent the better part of eight years researching Norfolk’s war dead and by compiling resources put together by Jeanne Hornby (retired library with the Norfolk Historical Society) published the biographical history of 249 men and one woman from the Norfolk who died in WWI.
The NRC continues to meet monthly to discuss and organize upcoming projects, book sales and continued research on Norfolk’s involved in not only the Great War but also the Second World War. Currently, members are involved with recording stories from both veterans and civilians of WWII.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the NRC or would like to contribute to its archives please contact us for further information.