(Hartford, CT)- 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the United States entry into World War One. In an effort to help preserve this significant part of our history, the Cora Belden Library will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One project to hold a Digitization Day. During the event, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we will be digitizing old photos, documents, mementos, and other objects related to the war at home and abroad.
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. area residents can bring in their photos, letters and other keepsakes to the Cora J. Belden Library, and have them photographed or scanned by staff. Reference librarian Lindsay Riordan said, “While our history textbooks are full of the great events of the First World War, it’s the personal letters and photos and artifacts that document the true impact of the war on our families and our community.”
Area residents and their family, friends, and neighbors are being asked to find World War One related items and stories that might be tucked away in drawers or trunks. We welcome photos and keepsakes from around the world that will help us tell the stories of the men and women of Connecticut today. Digital images of these objects will be made available online and preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive.