Ball State University
Libraries, along with a few area partners, are hosting the second community scan
day—an opportunity for community members to have their family photographs and
documents digitized, at no charge, in an effort to preserve local history.
The event, “Preserving
Local History: Community Scan Day,” will be held 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the Cantina
Room at Minnetrista Museum & Gardens, 1200 North Minnetrista Parkway, in Muncie.
For this community scan day, event organizers are seeking local Delaware County
items that fit the themes “Women in Politics” and/or “Women in the Military.” In addition to having photographs and
documents digitized and added to local digital archives, community members will
be given a digital copy of their items on a free flash drive.
“This community scan day is vital to
preserving access to the rich materials and stories of women in our
community. The theme of this event will shine a light on the histories and
experiences of local women in civic and military life, whose leadership and
contributions were sometimes obscured or even ignored,” said Matthew
Shaw, dean of University Libraries at Ball State. “Making
these materials accessible to researchers through digitization is a core
mission of Muncie's cultural institutions, and we are excited to focus our
October efforts on capturing, preserving, and amplifying the voices of local
Only paper documents and
photographs no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches, plus photo negatives and
slides, will be digitized during community scan day. If items brought to the Oct.
8 event cannot be scanned at that time for any reason, participants will
receive information on how to schedule a follow-up appointment for one-on-one
assistance or other recommendations.
Community scan day
participants are encouraged to pre-register as a way to save time, either online or by calling Sara McKinley at 765-741-5159.
Members of the public who
have questions about this event may contact Sarah
Allison, head of Archives User
Engagement at University Libraries, by email or phone: 765-285-5078; or Jim
Bradley, head of Metadata and
Digital Initiatives at University Libraries, by email or phone: 765-285-5718.
Partnering with Ball State’s University Libraries on
“Preserving Local History: Community Scan Day” are the Delaware County
Historical Society, Minnetrista Museum & Gardens, and Muncie Public Library.