Their avid pursuit of local history convinced Francis (OAC '45) and Ruth Redelmeier of the importance of preserving and documenting printed materials from days gone by.
The Redelmeiers combed through libraries and archives across the continent, gathering information about the original owners of their family farm near Richmond Hill. In U of G's Rural Heritage Collection, they were thrilled to find a wealth of material about the entrepreneurial Patterson family, pioneers in the Canadian agricultural implement industry and owners of a firm that amalgamated with Massey-Harris Co. in the late 19th century.
The Redelmeiers' experience led to a commitment to recognize the University of Guelph through a bequest. After Francis passed away in 2001, Ruth established the Francis and Ruth Redelmeier Cultural Heritage Fund to support the Library's Archival and Special Collections.
The bequest will be endowed, providing support for the collection in perpetuity. Each year only a percentage of the interest of the gift is spent and the rest of the interest is reinvested. The Francis and Ruth Redelmeier Cultural Heritage Fund will help with acquiring, processing, cataloguing, preserving (digitizing), housing, and providing electronic access to the University of Guelph's Rural Heritage or archival collections.