A big box containing a large flat-bed scanner arrived at the museum last week. By the time you are reading this newsletter, it should be hooked up, and volunteers should be trained in its use. It will be used to scan large-sized documents which do not fit into our current flat-bed scanners.
The museum has boxes of old newspapers, some dating back to the 1800s, some of which may be the only copies left in existence. Because of their age, they are becoming very brittle and fragile. This large scanner is needed to enable us to scan a whole page at once without folding it. In this way, we will be able to digitally preserve some of county’s earliest history. The scanner can also be used to scan large sized documents and photographs to preserve them digitally.
The Jay County Historical Society was awarded a Portland Foundation grant in the amount of $6,900 to cover much of the cost of this large scanner. Donations to cover the remainder of the cost have also been designated for the project. We are anxious to begin using this machine to help preserve our heritage.
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Portland, Indiana 47371