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Massillon Museum (Massillon, OH 44646-6633)
Heather Jean Haden (Project Director: May 2016 to April 2018)
World War I Community Archives Project

A digitization event, co-sponsored by the Massillon Museum and the Massillon Public Library in Ohio, to document stories about the community’s wartime involvement in the First World War and help the families preserve heritage materials and maintain digital archives, which chronicle their relatives’ role in the war both at home and abroad. Building on extensive experience digitizing photographs and other cultural items and organizing exhibitions centered on digitized materials, the applicant would exhibit collected heritage items and arrange related programming such as school tours, gallery talks, and a panel discussion with scholars and community members regarding the region’s engagement in WWI.

To prepare for an exhibition aligned with the centennial of the US involvement in World War I, as well as to engage the community, county-wide, the Massillon Museum plans to facilitate a digitization event augmented by related programming. The community repositories of social, industrial and military histories can be further mined for important documentation that will not only elucidate existing narratives, but create new links with fresh and relevant perspectives connecting history to our current realities. Museum professionals will work with local experts to execute the digitization efforts and public programs, in which patrons and citizens can share their stories and voices to recognize the wartime involvement of men, women, and families of Stark County residents.  As a publicly funded institution, the Massillon Museum honors its responsibility to commemorate community members who fought in WWI, and to share best practices for preserving both oral histories and material culture.

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Project fields:
Cultural History; U.S. History

Common Heritage

Preservation and Access

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

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2017