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Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA 98926-7500)
Julia Stringfellow (Project Director: May 2017 to March 2021)
Community History of Central Washington

Three digitization programs to preserve and document local history in central Washington. The project would aim to preserve family and community history items from Ellensburg, a town of 18,000, an agricultural community with a rich Native American legacy and history of European immigration. The project would accept photographic images, journals, personal papers, and other documents for digitization. Along with digitization services, participants would receive preservation kits that include preservation supplies and advice. With donor permission, digitized items would be made available through the Central Washington University digital repository.

The proposed program provides a series of three workshops held to educate local community members on preserving their family's history and archives and how that history aligns with the community cultural heritage. The Summer 2018 workshops will be held in the Brooks Library at CWU in Ellensburg, Roslyn Public Library, and Yakima Nation Library. The workshops will be conducted by the CWU Archives staff, and will provide an overview of preservation and scanning of materials. At the end of the workshop, each attendee will receive a flash drive of the digital content they scanned and, with their written consent, the CWU Archives will retain a copy of the content to preserve in their repository as part of local history. Portable scanners will be purchased and a scanner will be donated to each of the participating libraries. The goals of the events are to establish an annual digitization day to build community relationships, develop community cultural awareness, and educate on preservation.

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Project fields:
History, Other

Common Heritage

Preservation and Access

$12,000 (approved)
$9,877 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019