Library gets grant to help people and community preserve memories

This is the logo for the Scott County Community Memory Project with the words Preserving and Collecting Scott County History

The Scott County Library System received a 2 year federal grant in 2019 to digitize Scott County history. The grant has multiple aspects. One is that individuals can bring family photos, diaries, letters, home movies and more to scheduled scanning days or special appointments. This is a great way to share old photos with the whole family and to save them for future generations. The second phase is a small number of oral history interviews will be conducted with a focus on life and changes in the rural areas and small towns of Scott County. Thirdly, the Scott County Library System has created a digital collection to provide public access to important local history.

Another product of the grant is the Generation to Generation project. The goals of Generation to Generation are to help different generations connect and to help kids and teens delve into family history. Our Story: A Grandparent Book allows grandparents to share their stories with grandkids of any age. Our Genealogy Guide for Kids helps kids of all ages get started with oral histories, family trees, journaling, and more. These resources are free to download and use for non-commercial purposes.

SCLS is publishing a series of short questionnaires about various topics of interest to the community to give individuals and families a chance to tell their stories. Responses will be added to the digital collection

In 2021, SCLS received a Libraries Transforming Communities grant from ALA to continue the work of the Scott County Community Memory Project and host a community conversation about the preservation and access of local history.

NOTICE: Scheduled scanning days have largely been replaced by one on one appointments and working with local historical societies and municipalities. This change is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please contact the Scott County Library System if you have items of interest or wish to schedule an oral history appointment. Call 563-285-4794 or email [email protected].

This project is funded in part by IMLS grant #LG-27-19-0224-19.

November 11, 2019