BERLIN — Residents will be able to digitally archive family photos and stories from World War I at Berlin-Peck Memorial Library next month.
The library is partnering with the Connecticut State Library to hold a war Digitization Day on Oct. 7.
The event is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of the Remembering World War I project.
“This is the first time we are participating,” said librarian Carrie Tyszka.
Digitization days have been held all around the state since 2014.
“These events are an important way of documenting a piece of history that may otherwise never be known,” said Project Manager Christine Pittsley of the Connecticut State Library in a statement.
Residents are encouraged to bring photos, medals, keepsakes, letter or other objects from WWI, which will be scanned into digital images and preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive.
Participants can also have their stories from ancestors of WWI recorded and preserved.
“We thought it would be a good opportunity for people if they had memories of family history to be more permanently remembered by more people,” Tyszka said.
The library will kick off the digitization event with a WWI discussion on Sept, 28. “Connecticut in the Great War” will focus on what life was like during the war.
Pittsley will lead the discussion.
“It’s further away in people’s memories,” said Tyszka of the war. “It’s important to collect this information.”
The items must be originals in order to be digitized and cannot be photo copies or internet print outs. Weapons will not be accepted.
The state project has so far collected stories from over 300 men and women.
Any Connecticut residents can participate in digitization day, even if their items are not from the state.
Residents are required to register for the WWI discussion.
More information can be found at http://www.berlinpeck.org/
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