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 has received a 2 year federal grant 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. This project is being launched in conjunction with the 2020 Summer Reading Program: Imagine Your Story. 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 External Link. 

NOTICE: Scheduled scanning days in April and May will be rescheduled due to COVID-19 precautions, but we do not have firm dates yet. Please check back. This project will continue into 2021 and we will host events when it is safe to do so.

What should I bring to a scanning day?
Your local history treasures! Our focus is on rural Scott
County history. You can bring photographs, slides, documents,
albums, videos, or cassettes to be digitized. Bring a USB drive
or hard drive to save the items on. If you have a large volume
of items, please call the library at 563-285-4794. We may
want to schedule a special appointment with you.

What will be selected for the digital collection?
We are looking for items relevant to a wide variety of rural
Scott County experiences . If you agree, we'll make a second
copy for a digital collection that will be accessible online for
future generations.

What about copyright?
Please make sure you have created or inherited the items in
question and have the right to reproduce them. (No
newspaper articles or old Disney VHS, for example).

Do I have to be tech savvy?
No! We will have a small number of staff and volunteers to
explain our various scanners and digital equipment. We would
be happy to teach you the process, especially if you have a
large volume. We can always use more volunteers for all aspects of the project. Fill out the online volunteer form here.

How can I get a scanning day in my town or schedule an oral history interview?
We have grant funding through fall of 2021. Please contact the Scott County Library System if
you are interested in hosting an event or email [email protected].

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

November 11, 2019