An anonymous donor has made it possible for the
"We have lots and lots of newspapers in the building and some of those papers are going to pieces," Haney told Lions members on Tuesday. "Can't we get them scanned and into the computer?"
The 36-inch scanner costs
Haney said her goal is to have at least part of the newspapers scanned before they move into the new museum, which won't be for another couple of years.
While the Blu-Ray discs only cost about
They will start with Dispatch newspapers printed 2010 and move backwards. The Dispatch also has newspapers on microfilm that's in the Museum's possession, but that isn't as easy to scan and make word-searchable.
The Museum will gradually establish a searchable archive so that one day "you'll be able to sit down at a computer, type in your name and see everywhere it shows up in the newspaper," Haney said.
The project will be similar to what the
The scanner can also be used to scan other large items such as the cemetery maps that sextons used to help them identify grave sites (including the unmarked ones).
for move in 2015
Haney gave some other updates on what's happening at the Museum, including the
The Museum won't be fully relocated to the new site for quite a while, she said.
That's all contingent upon raising enough money, Haney added. Right now the Museum raised over a little more than half of what's required to pay for the new site and what will be needed to make repairs, improvements and to build galleries with the new museum.
Necessary repairs have been made to the Museum's new site, but heating, air conditioning, a new elevator, handicapped-accessible restrooms will also need to be installed before the Museum can move into it.
"So we need money," Haney said.
You can help support the Museum by attending the Piotique Art Show on
Before moving, the Museum is concentrating on developing a detailed inventory of its assets. While staff have done a pretty good job of cataloguing items, now they're also taking photos, measurements and detailed descriptions.
This is being done "so when we're ready to move into the new building, we can put it in a location chart and when you come in and ask where great-grandma's quilt is, we can say it's up in storage in a certain place," Haney said.
Haney said another goal of the inventory project is to get what's in her head out into their inventory files.
"Part of the problem is a lot of it is up here," she said, point to her head, "and that's not a good place. One of these days I'm going to keel over and then we're going to be in trouble -- or you people will be, I won't."
A lot of what the Museum has in its files is on paper, but the Museum also has 11 computers and five scanners.
"We have scanned over 22,000 pictures," she said. "That does not include the other paper material we're slowly scanning and getting into the computer so we can look it up easier. It is a big job."
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