Historical Society looking for digitization volunteers

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 7:30am

Do you love local history?  The Boothbay Region Historical Society is asking for volunteers to help digitize its collections. A survey conducted by the Society last March demonstrated that digitizing the collections was not only a top priority for members but also for the community at large. Volunteers have begun scanning the Society’s extensive collection of photographs and documents chronicling Boothbay region’s history, but with many thousands of items in the collection, more volunteers are needed. Volunteers for this exciting project will be trained at the Boothbay Region Historical Society and all scanning will be done there. 

Making the Society’s extensive collections available digitally and ultimately online to a world-wide audience is well worth the significant effort that will be required. Digitizing will protect and preserve delicate documents as well as make the make the Society’s collections available to a much larger audience. The Society’s collections include not only photographs, family files, and history files, but also paintings, ship models, furniture, farming and fishing artifacts, account books, day books, logs, ledgers, diaries, oral histories, year books, maps, surveys, nautical charts and artifacts, vessel plans and more.

If you have a little time now that summer is coming to an end, and would like to join this exciting project, or have questions, email Kathy Goldner at boothbayhistoric@gmail.com.