You can almost taste the birthday cake as the RM of Cartier’s 2014 centennial anniversary approaches.
As part of the year’s celebrations, a committee, headed by councillor Estelle Thornson, is working on a history book covering the period from 1984 to the present day.
This 30-year history will follow the Treasures of Time: The Rural Municipality of Cartier history book that includes the seven decades from the municipality’s incorporation in 1914 to 1984. The book was published in 1989 to mark Cartier’s 75th anniversary, and was the work of a committee headed by Joan Peters.
Thornson said while the first book included information on the founding families and long-time residents of the area, the new book will focus more on community events rather than family histories. However, she encourages people to update their families’ information in terms of births and deaths occurring since 1984.
A ‘Passages’ section will honour those who have died in the last 30 years.
As well, she hopes newer residents in the area will also get involved because, as the years pass, some will become long-term residents.
"Before you know it, it’s 25 years," she said.
A student was hired last summer to begin the big job of compiling information and photos for the new history volume, but now it’s up to Thornson and her committee to finish the job.
Anyone who wants to submit material for the book can email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at the municipal office in Elie.
Thornson said the deadline for submissions will be immediately before the celebration planned for June 13 to 15, and book orders will be taken at that time.
Watch for more information on the Cartier history book project in future issues of The Headliner.