The Connecticut State Library Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories digitization events

For Immediate Release: MAY 23, 2016

Contact:     Christine Pittsley
                       (860) 757-6517
                      Christine.pittsley@ct.gov

                     Robert Kinney
                     (860) 757-6668
                    Robert.kinney@ct.gov

(HARTFORD CT)- The Connecticut State Library will hold a digitizing event Tuesday May 24th from 11:00am until 3:00pm, at the Barnum Museum, 820 Main St, Bridgeport, CT. We are inviting participants to bring in their World War One photos, medals, letters and other keepsakes so that representatives from the Connecticut State Library can scan the objects and add the digital images to the Connecticut Digital Archive where we will preserve the images for future generations. The digital images we create at these events will help to document Connecticut’s role in the war both at home and abroad and will be made available at no cost to the public. For more information about eligible items please see submission guidelines. Area residents can bring in their photos, letters and other keepsakes to have them made in to digital copies, safely and easily.

Adrienne Saint-Pierre, Barnum Museum Curator says, “This will ensure these items endure for a long time and are available for people to see, do research from and preserve elements of our history”. She added, “We know there are a significant number of people in the Greater Bridgeport and Fairfield County areas who had relatives who worked in the factories, or who helped sell War Bonds, or in other capacities assisted on the home front, and who have things they want to share”. “They don’t need to be from Connecticut either”, she added. As this is the first of the State’s events to take place in Fairfield County, area residents are being asked to look around, contact family and friends and neighbors and find things that might be tucked away in drawers or trunks.

The Greater Bridgeport area has an important WWI story to tell. Bridgeport was the ammunition manufacturing hub of the war, employing tens of thousands of people in factories around the city. A Military Census in 1917 showed Bridgeport registered 78,312 men between the ages of 14 and 95, in addition to a Home Guard, and there were thousands of women working with the Red Cross and Liberty Loan campaigns.

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://www.museumofcthistory.org/  |   http://twitter.com/LibraryofCT |http://www.facebook.com/CTStateLibrary | http://www.flickr.com/photos/ctarchives/

About the Connecticut Digital Archive: (CTDA) 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