Local historian Coral Lindsay honoured today

Karen Craig of the North Gower library and Bill Tupper of the Rideau Historical Society with photo of Coral Lindsay and the new Coral's Corner

Karen Craig of the North Gower library and Bill Tupper of the Rideau Historical Society with photo of Coral Lindsay and the new Coral’s Corner

“A great friend, an accomplished historian, author and librarian,” was how former MP Bill Tupper described the late Coral Lindsay at a special ceremony in the North Gower Branch of the Ottawa Public Library today.

Mrs Lindsay was being celebrated for her decades of work in the community, and a bookstore area at the Library was named in her honour.

The idea for naming the book area after Mrs LIndsay came from North Gower library supervisor Karen Craig. “Every day that Coral was next door working in the Archives,” Karen said, “she came over to the Library side to look over our cart of books for sale. In fact, she was our best customer! So it was only fitting that we honour her in this way. We all miss her.”

Coral Scharf Lindsay was active in the greater Kars area throughout her life as a teacher-librarian in the Carleton Board of Education; a member of  St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church,a leader and volunteer with the Ottawa Archives (Rideau Branch), and a volunteer with the Rideau Township Historical Society and Dickinson House.
Coral researched and published numerous histories of Carleton County people and events.  Her accomplishments were recognized as she was the recipient of Manotick Citizen of the Year Award (2009) the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), the Ontario Heritage Foundation Citation (1997), the Phi Delta Kappa Exemplary Teacher Certificate (1996), the Canada 125 Volunteer Award (1992), the Teacher’s Federation of Carleton County Silver Pin (1987), the Ontario Bicentennial Medal (1984) and the Lady Tweedsmuir Trophy (1964) for her role as curator of the Kars Tweedsmuir History.
Visit Coral’s Corner at the North Gower Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 6579 Fourth Line Road, North Gower.
Jane Venus, manager OPL rural branches; Carol Cope, volunteer Friends of the Ottawa Public LIbrary; Bill Tupper, representing the Rideau Historical Society

Jane Venus, manager OPL rural branches; Carol Cope, volunteer Friends of the Ottawa Public LIbrary; Bill Tupper, representing the Rideau Historical Society

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