(Hartford, CT)-The year 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the United State’s entry into World War One. In an effort to help preserve this significant part of our history, the Windsor Historical Society will be partnering with the Connecticut State Library’s Remembering World War One project to hold a Digitization Day and Preserving Your Family Treasure workshop. During the event, we will be digitizing old photos, documents, mementos, and other objects related to the war at home and abroad, while visitors learn the best ways to protect their treasured family mementos from preservation specialist Donia Conn. The Preserving Your Family Treasurers workshop is funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to the Connecticut State Historical Records and Advisory Board (CT SHRAB).
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., area residents can bring in their photos, letters and other keepsakes to the Windsor Historical Society to have them photographed or scanned by staff. Christine Ermenc, Executive Director of the Windsor Historical Society said, “Windsor Historical Society will open an exhibit of World War One advertising posters, photographs, equipment, letters, and much more on March 22, 2017. We are delighted to partner with the Connecticut State Library to offer a Digitization Day on February 11 in Windsor, and can’t wait to see what World War treasures emerge.”
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 men and women 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. The only prerequisite for inclusion in this project is that participants are Connecticut residents and that items are related to World War One.
For more information about this event please contact the Windsor Historical Society at (860) 688-3813 or Christine Pittsley at (860) 757-6517 or CTinWW1@ct.gov. To learn more about the Remembering World War One project or other upcoming events please visit http://ctinworldwar1.org/digitization-days/.
About the State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library. Visit the State Library at | http://ctstatelibrary.org/|http://www.museumofcthistory.org/ | http://twitter.com/LibraryofCT | http://www.facebook.com/CTStateLibrary
About the Connecticut Digital Archive(CTDA): The (CTDA) Connecticut Digital Archive, is a Connecticut cultural heritage focused digital archive which is developed through a collaboration between the University of Connecticut Libraries and the Connecticut State Library. The CTDA will digitally preserve, and make accessible the content from the project to further enrich Connecticut’s cultural heritage.
About the Connecticut State Historical Records and Advisory Board (CT SHRAB): The Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board (CT SHRAB) is a nineteen member board appointed by the governor. CT SHRAB members represent archivists, records creators, records managers, users, and repositories that hold historical records and care deeply about the preservation of Connecticut’s historical records. Visit the CT SHRAB at | http://ctstatelibrary.org/state-archives/connecticut-state-historical-records-advisory-board/
About the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC): NHPRC, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States. Visit the NHPRC at | https://www.archives.gov/nhprc/about