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PY-234508-16

University of Nevada, Reno (Reno, NV 89557-0001)
Scott Hinton (Project Director: 06/25/2015 to 12/14/2015)
Peter Goin (Project Director: 12/14/2015 to present)

North Lake Tahoe Digitization Day

The digitization of visual materials and print media relating the history of Lake Tahoe, as well as lectures by a local historian and a photographer that would place the visual documentation of this region, long known for its natural beauty and leisure opportunities, in a broader historical context. The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society would join with the University of Nevada at Reno to gather and preserve historic visual materials, with an emphasis on pre-1970s resources, which are held in personal collections. The project would fill gaps in the local archival record, a particularly pressing need in a region that has been often devastated by forest fires, which has resulted in the destruction of cultural heritage collections and their dispersal through institutions across the country.

The North Lake Tahoe Digitization Day will invite community members to bring in historical visual materials for expert-supervised digitization and instruction in basic preservation strategies. NLTHS staff and UNR Photography faculty will organize 4-5 presentations for the day, including talks by professional photographers on their reprographic work; by the NLTHS executive director; by the Photograph Archivist; and by a local historian, highlighting contexts in which historical photographs can be used (emphasizing the importance of Community donations and how the community can themselves use archival materials). In additiona, the NLTHS will host docent-led tours of its museum, and will offer a Photo ID station for participants to identify locations or persons in images from the archives. Images acquired during the course of the day will be included in the NLTHS's Past Perfect system, providing public access to anyone interested in researching North Lake Tahoe's rich cultural history.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Cultural History; Public History

Program:
Common Heritage

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$11,998 (approved)
$10,052 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016