In celebration of its 100th anniversary, and with funding from the NEH, the Clearwater Public Library System hosted digitization days at each of the library’s branches during 2016. Community members were encouraged to bring historical artifacts, documents, and photographs to the library, where librarians would digitize them. These items included ephemera such as photographs, newspapers, and vintage menus that document the region’s history. Other items held national significance: souvenirs from the 1935 launch of Donald Roebling’s “Alligator” amphibious vehicle, which was repurposed by the U.S. military during World War II to great effect. Participants were also invited to share their oral histories. In subsequent events, the library hosted lectures by experts in local history and unveiled the items that had been discovered and that are now hosted online.
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