Thursday, 17 December 2015

20,000 pages being added to Almonte Gazette online

A little over a couple of years ago I posted about a project of the Almonte Public Library and the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum (MVTM): The Almonte Gazette - Online with a follow up written by Matthew Moxley Almonte Gazette Searchable Database Project Summary and Some “Tips and Hints” to Search Effectively

Earlier this week the MVTM was awarded $23,019 from the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) for "Digitizing the Almonte Gazette and Creating a Documentary on Former Workers."

Matthew, who returns to the museum for this project, informs me the funding will primarily cover the digitization of the final years of the Almonte Gazette that could not be competed the first time around. This would include years 1990 to 2007 (when the Almonte Gazette closed). The newspapers will again be converted into searchable PDF files. This will make an additional 20,000 pages available for online research.

The MVTM Board of Directors has made it a 2016 goal to improve the website overall and the Almonte Gazette resource will be a part of that. Improvements to the existing database will be explored and, funding and other priorities permitting, updating the Almonte Gazette facility to take advantage of developments since the project was initiated.

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