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Reno, Nevada
Digitizing Tahoe’s History and Culture
The Steamer Tahoe at the Tahoe Tavern in Tahoe City. Image courtesy of the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Steamer Tahoe at the Tahoe Tavern in Tahoe City. Image courtesy of the University of Nevada, Reno.

In 2016, the University of Nevada, Reno hosted a digitization day to capture the Tahoe region’s natural beauty, history, and culture. With the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, the University helped locals digitize historical photographs, posters, brochures, postcards, scrapbooks, sketches, paintings, and maps. By focusing on personal possessions that were created and collected before the 1970s, the project filled gaps in the local archival record. In addition to digitizing up to five personal items, participants toured museums and attended lectures on regional photography and caring for family photographs. They received free, high-resolution scans of their documents and archival-quality enclosures in which to store their valued possessions.

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