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Makah Museum (Neah Bay, WA 98357-0160)
Janine Ledford (Project Director: May 2016 to July 2018)
Neah Bay Community Digitization Project

The organization of four community digitization events and three public programs, which will facilitate cultural exchange within this Native American community and an interpretive exhibit of photographs. Members of the Neah Bay community will be invited to bring manuscripts, books, maps, drawings, photographs, slides, audio recordings, and other important resources to be digitized. In addition, programs would educate members of the public about protecting cultural heritage from high humidity, earthquakes, and tsunamis, to which this region is particularly susceptible. With permission, community items would be made publicly available through the Makah digital library and the Washington tribal cohort of the Sustainable Heritage Network.

The Neah Bay Community Digitization Project will preserve and protect cultural heritage resources by having at least 4 digitization parties. Community members will bring their manuscripts, books, maps, drawings, photographs, slides, audio recordings and other important resources to get digitized. This project will also develop at least 3 cultural heritage programs to increase and enhance knowledge and education about the Neah Bay Community: 1) Cultural exchange between community members and the Pacific University ‘Lend A Hand' Program 2) Makah Day Photo Exhibit with interpretive panels. 3) PowerPoint Presentation for the community revealing digitized resources along with a lecture from a Makah historian. This project will preserve collections from natural disasters. The Neah Bay community is boarded by the Pacific Ocean and the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Both bodies of water have earthquake fault lines according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Common Heritage

Preservation and Access

$12,000 (approved)
$12,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2017