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November 10, 2013

Weatherford Public Library’s PEACH of a project

WPL hopes funding continues for digitizing project that’s putting online local records, documents and images dating to mid-1800s

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Some of the books and photos being digitized are truly fascinating, including boxes of negatives from the Weatherford Democrat, can be scanned and the negatives turned into positive images which can then be saved for a lifetime, Bellah said.

Not only are written histories being scanned and digitized but oral histories with long time residents, elected officials and veterans who have firsthand knowledge of people, events and eras are being gathered and digitized as well by Bellah and Parker. Recordings of the oral histories canthen be able to be accessed by PCLA users the same as documents.

Another is a Parker County Treasurers Book from 1856-1871 and also a book naming the first school districts in the area, which are all indexed except for the then-segregated black schools.

Materials can be loaned to the library for scanning and given back upon completion. Any donation of materials will require a Deed of Gift form assigning ownership to the materials to the city of Weatherford.

For information on the PEACH program or anyone wishing to help with documents or oral history, contact Bellah or Parker at 817-598-4160 or via email at cbellah@weatherfordtx.gov or aparker@weatherfordtx.gov.

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