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Historian lauded

To the Times of Ti:

Last Sunday (Nov. 13), the Moriah Historical Society hosted a reception honoring Joan Daby as she retires after decades of service as Moriah town historian. It was a jolly affair, surrounded by the artifacts of Moriah’s proud mining and iron processing history on display in the Iron Center Museum.

Everyone in Moriah is proud of their museum. But few people are aware of the role that Joan Daby played in the displays that show where the ore came from, how the miners extracted it from the ground, and how the local furnaces and sintering plants made it ready for steel mills as far away as Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I have been privileged to work on several of these displays over the years, and I know that, without Joan’s tireless efforts, no one would be able to see the faces of the workers, or the immensity of the travelling crane: details that bring the heritage of the community to life. Moriah residents owe her a debt of gratitude for her leadership of the (town) historical society, for setting up the archive upstairs from the museum, and for getting the photos out into the community in the annual calendar. But the gratitude goes further afield, to those of us in neighboring towns who can learn the history of our area and to visitors, many of whom get off the train wondering where they are and can find out during a visit to the Iron Center.

Thank you, Joan!

Virginia Westbrook

Crown Point

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