Document Management Company, MES Hybrid Document Systems Inc., Archives more than a Century of Documents for Ruthven Park National Historic Site

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Ruthven Park enlisted MES Hybrid to evaluate available digitizing and archiving options to make this one-of-a kind-collection available for the public, researchers and school through the website and onsite visits.

Document Management Company, MES Hybrid Document Systems

Document Management Company, MES Hybrid Document Systems

Our solution helped Ruthven Park make huge progress in bringing their history into the future and preserving it for years to come.

Document management company, MES Hybrid Document Systems, Inc., announces completion of a successful digitizing project for Ruthven Park National Historic Site, a property of national significance designated by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Ruthven Park is located in southern Ontario in Haldimand County. The 1,500 acre property was formerly the country estate and working farm for five generations of the Thompson family. The Thompson’s settled in the area in the 1830s and owned the property until 1993. Today, this unique site is open to the public for guided tours through an 1845 Greek Revival mansion, special events, education programs, walks on the trails, picnics and bird watching. A bird banding station is operated on the site by volunteers. Filming opportunities, photography and rentals for weddings and other private functions are also available.

Ruthven Park enlisted MES Hybrid to evaluate available digitizing and archiving options to make this one-of-a kind-collection available for the public, researchers and school through the website and onsite visits. The project involved archiving more than a century's worth of historic letters, ledgers, journals, war memorabilia and photographs. Given the collection’s age and fragile nature, the work had to be managed with extreme care.

The MES Hybrid solution consisted of microfilming, scanning, indexing and implementing a “FileDirector” document management system. To address disaster recovery, Ruthven Park stores the microfilm in a secure facility separate from the digital and paper collections.

“This project allowed Ruthven Park to provide digital copies of historical records that have never been seen before by the general public,” said Kevin D’Arcy, vice president of sales and marketing at MES Hybrid Document Systems, Inc. “Our solution helped Ruthven Park make huge progress in bringing their history into the future and preserving it for years to come.”

About Ruthven Park National Historic Site
Ruthven Park National Historic Site, owned by the Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc, a non-government, not-for-profit organization, is located in southern Ontario in Haldimand County, approximately 4 km north of the town of Cayuga. Their mission is to preserve the natural and cultural heritage for future generations. The 1,500 acre property includes an 1840’s Greek revival mansion filled with original family furnishings and possessions. Archives chronicle each of the five generations of the Thompson family, the site’s original owners for five generations. Other nineteenth century outbuildings also remain. In its entirety, Ruthven Park is a symbol of the industrial, commercial and agricultural development of Upper Canada during the mid-nineteenth century. The Thompson family settled in the area in the 1830’s and owned the property until 1993. For more information, visit http://www.ruthvenpark.ca/.

About MES Hybrid Document Systems Inc.
MES Hybrid Document Systems has been successfully supplying and supporting document management solutions in public and private organizations across Canada since 1971. Offering a one-stop shop for everything from consulting, conversion services, hardware solutions and electronic/analogue document management systems. At MES Hybrid Document Systems our mission is to be the preferred supplier of ECM (Enterprise Content Management) and ERM (Enterprise Records Management) solutions to organizations looking to achieve the regulatory, productivity and sustainability benefits associated with such systems.

For more information about MES Hybrid Document visit http://www.mesltd.ca/.

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