Across Ohio, historical societies and museums are putting the past into digital form.
Through these efforts, photos and important paper documents are being stored in the most up-to-date format possible, thereby increasing the likelihood that they will survive long into the future.
These projects are promoted by the Ohio Local History Alliance (OHLA), which makes grants available to members each year with a maximum cap of $2,500. Collections which are chosen for digitization are those with local and/or statewide significance.
The 2021 awards have been announced, and the Delaware County Historical Society will be receiving the maximum amount, $2,500, for the latest installment of their project to digitize Delaware County newspapers.
In specific, this year’s funding will help to put editions of the Delaware Daily Journal Herald newspaper online which date between October 1, 1908 and October 15, 1912.
According to its website, “The Ohio Local History Alliance works to advance the field of local history in Ohio through education, advocacy, and collaboration. We represent over 300 member organizations ranging from small neighborhood historical societies to large history museums. The Alliance leverages our individual and collective resources to help all of these organizations improve their relevance and achieve excellence.”